Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Apple Cider Frosting

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Apple Cider Frosting

The basis of this recipe came from this cake at A Hint of Honey .  I really only make cakes for birthdays, and I wanted  to be able to put it in the kids lunches.  So I made some alterations to make it work for me.  The results are really very yummy.  Such a nice recipe for Fall when apples are in season.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Apple Cider Frosting
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cupcake
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Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • ¾ cup caramel sauce (the kind you would use on ice cream)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup apples, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup quick oats
Apple Cider Frosting:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 to 4½ cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (or use liners) muffin pans. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil, applesauce, caramel and vanilla; add eggs. Add baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and oats; mix well. Mix in buttermilk and flour. Fold in apples.
  3. Fill muffin cups about ¾ way full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. After muffins are completely cool, frost with Apple cider frosting.
Frosting
  1. Beat together butter, cider, cinnamon and salt. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Tip**
  1. I frosted the ones to freeze for the kids’ lunches THIS way.