Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Fall always makes me want to bake apple dishes, especially if there’s caramel involved. I found this recipe for Caramel Apple Cupcakes and just couldn’t resist giving it a try last night. This was an easy recipe to make, and they came out great! Very moist with really good flavor. Judging by the fact that there are only a handful left in the kitchen this morning, I’m not the only one who thinks so!
– Jodi

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Cupcakes Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp apple pie spice
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/4 cup Half & Half
3 Eggs
2 small (1 cup) apples, shredded

Frosting Ingredients:
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 to 5 tbsp Half & Half
2 tbsp Butter
2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups. 

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and apple pie spice in medium bowl. Combine all remaining cupcake ingredients except apples in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes). Add flour mixture; stir until just moistened. Stir in apples. 

Fill each prepared muffin cup with about 1/4 cup batter. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pans; cool completely. 

Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 4 tbsp half & half and 2 tbsp butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved (4 to 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in enough powdered sugar for desired frosting consistency, adding additional half & half, if necessary. Stir in vanilla. Frost cupcakes.

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