Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe

by Jenn

I couldn’t help it, I’m ready to start fall baking, so I wanted to bake one of our favorite cupcakes. These Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting not only taste amazing but fill my house with one of my favorite fall smells.   

I know isn’t fall yet, but the kids are in school, mornings are cooler, and it’s just a constant reminder of what’s right around the corner.  I tend to get a jump start on fall, because I’m so ready for it to start cooling off after a long hot summer and there’s nothing better than the beautiful fall scents that come from the oven.   

Caramel Apple Cupcakes and Frosting recipes

If you’re looking for an awesome cupcake recipe, then you can’t go wrong with apple cupcakes with caramel frosting!  I typically make everything from scratch, but wanted to try something new with both the apple cupcakes and caramel frosting.  I’m pretty happy with the results.  

Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe

You’ll need:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 Tablespoon Country Crock Spread (softened)
  • 3 eggs
caramel apple cupcake batter

Let’s make your Caramel Apple Cupcakes

  • Prepare cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cup apple pieces into smaller pieces, then place them in a medium bowl and mix with electric mixer.  It will help mash everything together.  I used my KitchenAid mixer; it did an awesome job. 
butter
  • Add cake mix, spread, spice and eggs to the bowl of apple mixture and mix.
  • Fill cupcake liners
  • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until cupcakes are done.  To test use a toothpick, poke it into the center of the cupcake.  If it comes out clean, they’re finished.
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool, and prepare your caramel frosting.
caramel apple cupcake batter

Let’s make these yummy caramel apple cupcakes:

I normally make caramel to put on the top of my cupcakes, but I had Country Crock in my fridge so I decided to make my own fluffy, yummy Caramal Frosting.  It’s so much faster than making caramel.  Plus, with four kids running around I think it’s safe to say making caramel frosting is safer lol.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve burned caramel or fudge because my kids start fighting or something lol. 

Caramel Apple Cupcakes recipes

Caramel Frosting

I’ve made the caramel apple cupcakes 100 times, but I typically make my caramel topping.  Since I didn’t have everything I needed to make the caramel topping I decided to grab my container of Country Crock, brown sugar, and a few other ingredients and make my caramel frosting, which turned out AMAZING!   

  • ½ cup of Country Crock Butter
  • 1 Cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups powder sugar (sifted you may need to add a little more for stiffer frosting)

How to make caramel frosting:

  • Once cupcakes are removed from the oven and cooling it’s time to start your frosting.  Your caramel frosting isn’t hard, let’s get started.
  • In a medium saucepan melt butter, once melted add the brown sugar & heavy cream.  Allow to cook on medium until sugar is dissolved, stirring consistently. 
caramel frosting boiling
  • Add salt and allow mixture to boil, on medium heat for 2 ½ to 3 minutes.  You’ll want to stir continuously. 
  • Remove from heat, allow mixture to sit for about 10 minutes. 
caramel frosting
  • Using an electric mixer on medium slowly add in powdered sugar until you get the consistency you are looking for. (I always start by adding 1 1/2 cups of powder sugar and gradually adding more until I reach desired consistency.)
cupcake frosting in piping bag
  • Put frosting in a piping bag and pipe on frosting.
  • Enjoy your yummy caramel apple cupcakes!

TIP: You can add more powdered sugar to help stiffen up your frosting but add extra powder sugar slowly and mix so you don’t overdo it. 

Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe

Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )
Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 500 calories 10 fat

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 Tablespoon Country Crock Spread (softened)
  • 3 eggs
  • Prepare cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Instructions

  • Prepare cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cup apple pieces into smaller pieces, then place them in a medium bowl and mix with electric mixer.  It will help mash everything together.  I used my KitchenAid mixer; it did an awesome job.
  • Add cake mix, spread, spice and eggs to the bowl of apple mixture and mix.
  • Fill cupcake liners
  • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until cupcakes are done.  To test use a toothpick, poke it into the center of the cupcake.  If it comes out clean, they’re finished.
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool, and prepare your caramel frosting.

Frosting

  • Once cupcakes are removed from the oven and cooling it’s time to start your frosting.  Your caramel frosting isn’t hard, let’s get started.
  • In a medium saucepan melt butter, once melted add the brown sugar & heavy cream.  Allow to cook on medium until sugar is dissolved, stirring consistently.
  • Add salt and allow mixture to boil, on medium heat for 2 ½ to 3 minutes.  You’ll want to stir continuously.
  • Remove from heat, allow mixture to sit for about 10 minutes.
  • Using an electric mixer on medium slowly add in powdered sugar until you get the consistency you are looking for. (I always start by adding 1 1/2 cups of powder sugar and gradually adding more until I reach desired consistency.)
  • Put frosting in a piping bag and pipe on frosting.
  • Enjoy your yummy caramel apple cupcakes!

 

Notes

TIP: You can add more powdered sugar to help stiffen up your frosting but add extra powder sugar slowly and mix so you don’t overdo it.

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31 comments

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Wilbert Varquez September 1, 2015 - 12:32 pm

The cupcake looks deliicious. So yummy.

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Marnie G (Derrick Todd) September 1, 2015 - 1:45 am

I like making my chocolate chip cookies with half Country Crock and half shortening. They turn out perfect!

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tannawings August 31, 2015 - 11:20 pm

One of my favorite recipes for using Country Croock is usi g it to make butter cookies- you can really use this instead of butter and they are great.
ellen beck on form

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Kelly O'Malley August 31, 2015 - 9:47 pm

Oh, so many great ways to use Country Crock. I am a purest and love it on my corn on the cob. My favorite summertime treat.

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Laurie Murley August 31, 2015 - 9:33 pm

I use it for making cornbread, cakes and brownies

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Mya Murphy August 31, 2015 - 8:38 pm

I use a lot when I make creamed taters!!

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bgsmama August 31, 2015 - 8:00 pm

i love to make banana bread with country crock – and put it on top when it is warm!

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shellypeterson August 31, 2015 - 4:20 pm

I like to use it in my mashed potatoes and my mac n cheese.

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debbiewelchert August 31, 2015 - 3:17 pm

I like to use Country Crock in my Mac & Cheese.

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shaunie August 31, 2015 - 3:16 pm

I love using it for peanut butter cookies

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Sandra Watts August 31, 2015 - 1:39 pm

I want to make these! They sound delicious!!!

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diana ware page August 31, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Made these this weekend and there are NONE LEFT !!!!

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Jenn September 5, 2015 - 3:24 pm

AWESOME!!! I am so happy you liked them

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Sherry Fram August 31, 2015 - 9:56 am

Recipe sounds great! Will definitely try this one!

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Bogdan Sebastian August 31, 2015 - 7:17 am

cute

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Natalie August 31, 2015 - 7:07 am

I love to make my homemade mac and cheese using country crock.

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Bogdan Sebastian August 31, 2015 - 3:14 am

nice

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Sara August 30, 2015 - 2:27 am

Definitely with biscuits :)

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krissie August 29, 2015 - 8:20 pm

i love country crock especiallly with bread or biscuits

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Kelly Nicholson August 29, 2015 - 12:26 pm

i like country crock on my home made biscuits …thanks

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lisa August 29, 2015 - 12:06 pm

That recipe sounds delicious.I like that it calls for a box mix. I can’t cook totally from scratch.

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Lisa Williams August 29, 2015 - 12:02 pm

I love to use Country Crock when I make Peanut Butter Fudge.

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Ashley Bree Perez August 29, 2015 - 11:41 am

I love cornbread. :)

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amy guillaume linderman August 29, 2015 - 11:17 am

i love to use country crock spread when i make my maple french toast bake

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Elena August 29, 2015 - 10:41 am

I make cornbread with Country Crock

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Jenn September 5, 2015 - 3:24 pm

YUMMY love cornbread

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mami2jcn August 29, 2015 - 8:21 am

I like to make buttery biscuits.

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Linda Manns August 29, 2015 - 8:06 am

I look to use this product for most of my baking, ie cookies

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alex robertson August 29, 2015 - 7:49 am

I use it in my cornbread recipe!!! So good.

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Mai Tran August 29, 2015 - 3:25 am

Another creative icing recipe to add to the list! Thanks for sharing. This looks absolutely fabulous!

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Shelley W August 29, 2015 - 1:48 am

My daughter would love these! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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