Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

I made these this morning because my neighbor has been texting me telling me he is hungry, plus I had some apples I needed to use and I saw this recipe and decided it would be fun to try.  After one bite David declared that it is his favorite thing I have ever made him and if he needs to taste test a few more he can. ;)  This is the type of reaction any one would love to get!

1-1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2-3 Granny Smith or Rome apples (about 1 pound), peeled and shredded
1-1/2 cups chewy caramel candies
1 Tablespoon heavy cream (I think I used 2 Tb)

Preheat oven to 350o F.
Line a cupcake pan with baking liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Grate your apples to ensure you’ll get apple with every bite of caramel.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugars until smooth.
Whisk in the oil and vanilla.
Stir into the flour mixture until just combined; stir in the apples.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan until almost full.
Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, 25 to 30 minutes.
Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
In a small, microwavable bowl, combine the caramels and cream.
Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one until caramel is melted and smooth.
Dip cupcakes upside down into caramel and let cool.


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