Thursday, December 8, 2011

Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes

It is Christmas party time and I was on the verge of making my usual contribution, an apple pie, when i thought i should try something new! This is where caramel apple pie cupcakes came into play. Although somewhat wompy looking and a bit messy, these cupcakes are the perfect amount of sweet apple goodness.

Instead of having a normal frosting, these cupcakes taste great with a caramel sauce drizzled on top. My puppy, Lucy, agrees with this statement and couldn't get her nose quite close enough to satisfy her sniffer as shown below. 

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
2 cups peeled, diced apples

Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together. In a separate bowl, beat your egg and add in the sugar and oil. Add in your apples and mix well. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until you stick it with a toothpick and it comes out clean.

Caramel Sauce Topping :
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter, sugar, and cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Let the mixture come to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer. Make sure you stir it for 5 minutes and then remove it from the heat. After removed from heat, add the vanilla and stir. Drizzle over cupcakes once they have cooled.

Happy Dough Punching!! 

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