When I got my Rachel Ray magazine in the mail, I was flipping through it when I came across the Caramel Apple Cupcakes. These looked so good I knew I needed to make ’em. However, I am more of a cake mix girl rather than a from scratch cake kinda girl most days.
So, I thought maybe I could create my own recipe with a cake mix. And boy did they turn out good! Don’t you just want one now?
I started with a spiced cake mix and figured I could just add the shredded apples to the mix. But the trick, how much of a reduction in water would I need?
The cake mix called for 1 1/4 cup water, 1/3 cup oil, and 3 eggs. I reduced the water by 1/2 cup and added two skinned and shredded apples. Mixed all the ingredients together.
The recipe says it make 24 cupcakes. They lie. I filled my cupcake papers a little too full, but at most I would have 18. Make sure you don’t over fill!
Bake them for 25-30 minutes on 350 degrees. I was smooth enough to run out of gas to the oven about 2/3 of the way through the cooking process. Luckily, the oven kept the heat pretty well and by the time we got the gas switched to a full tank there was no harm done.
Let the cupcakes cool and make the caramel topping. Take 1-1 1/2 cups of caramels and melt them in the microwave. Add enough half and half to make smooth. Now, my friend Liz over at Two Maids a Milking showed up just in time at my Pampered Chef party to help do this part. I would have made a huge mess trying to get the caramel on the cupcakes, but Liz is so much wiser.
She enlisted Princess to help dunk the top of the cupcakes in the caramel.
She had fun and Liz saved me from a huge mess. And everyone enjoyed them!