Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Fall is my very favorite time of the year.  I love everything about Fall.  The cooler weather, the beautiful colors, the yummy baking.  All of it.  So when the PTSO asked me to donate cupcakes for the teachers to have a treat during the parent/teacher conferences last week, I couldn’t resist.  I was so excited to try out a new recipe…Caramel Apple Cupcakes.  Oh my goodness, they were divine!

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I shredded Granny Smith apples into the batter so that there would be apples in every bite with the caramel topping.  I added some chopped nut to the top to have the authentic taste of an actual caramel apple.  I’m sure that you could be creative with toppings.

I also made a spice cupcake with maple buttercream.  The flavors scream Fall.  I didn’t take a picture because I was so excited that the caramel apple cupcakes turned out so well.  I also added a traditional vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream and a chocolate chocolate chip cupcake with chocolate buttercream.  Again, while they were delicious, I just didn’t photograph them for the blog.  I’ll do better next time!

But, with keeping things real around here, this is what my kitchen looked like on the morning of all this baking…

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