I had a request for 3 flavors of cupcakes for a friend’s boy’s 2nd birthday. One of them was Carmel apple. This is Paul’s favorite cupcake.
It is an apple cupcake with caramel in the center. Cream cheese frosting with caramel drizzled on top. Need I say more?
They take a little time as you have to grate the apples and make your caramel sauce, but it is worth the time. I did the caramel sauce the night before due to time. I used this recipe from the Pioneer Woman. Caramel sauce is tricky. It takes some time to make. I liked this one the best so far.
I used the cupcake recipe from Georgetown Cupcakes. I bought their book several years ago and still love it. I prefer to use Gala apples.
I am amazed at how many recipes there are for cream cheese frosting. Every one is a little different. I am trying to simplify my recipes. The pumpkin cupcake and carmel apple cupcake both called for cream cheese frosting, but were different recipes. I decided to use one recipe for both.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups powdered sugar
Mix cream cheese and butter till smooth. Add vanilla. Add sugar in three batches mixing well between additions. Mix on high for another minute or two.
I always like to give my frosting an additional mix on high for a minute or two to help it be a little more fluffy. I do this as well with my buttercream.
When the cupcake was cooled I used my filling tip to inject some caramel sauce in the middle. I piped on the frosting. Then I used my new tipless bag and filled with caramel sauce. I drizzled the sauce on top.
Last step, Eat!
I will continue to make these as we love them so.
Make it a great day,