Saturday, October 18, 2008

Caramel Apple Cupcakes


This is such a yummy fall recipe that I decided I had to share it with everyone that I know and love!  As Makenzie said, "Mom, they are the bomb dot com!" and she had a friend over and she said that they were "delicious" and Kylan didn't say anything because he had his mouth full and wanted more. You have to try them and let me know how they turn out.


CARAMEL APPLE CUPCAKES:
1 package spice or carrot cake mix
2 cups chopped peeled tart apples (we used apples we had on hand and left some of the peel on)
PREPARE cake according to package directions - but fold in the apples. We used applesauce in place of the oil in this recipe. Bake according to cupcake directions. (350 for about 20 min.)
20 caramels (I used the KRAFT brand)
3 TBSP milk
1 cup finely chopped pecans OR other toppings - such as candy, sprinkles, coconut, etc.
Popsicle sticks (we needed about 24)
In a microwave safe dish, put the unwrapped caramels with the milk. Heat on high for 30 seconds and then stir. Continue until all the caramels are melted. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Spread over each of the cupcakes. You can turn the cupcakes upside down or keep them right side up. Sprinkle with toppings. Insert a stick in each one. Makes about 2 dozen (at least ours did)
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