Caramel Apple Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

Food & Party 30

caramel apple cupcakesThe last thing you probably want to think about after last night's sugar fest is more sweets, but soon that fog will lift and you'll be searching for something to bring to that tailgate party or even for Thanksgiving dessert recipes (it's just 23 days away!). These caramel apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are a perfect fit for either, or anytime really. 

This recipe from The Real Women of Philadelphia comes complete with a video if you like visual help as well. They're easy to whip up, as the base is a boxed spice cake mix. You add applesauce and some other ingredients to spice it up even more, and the cream cheese frosting on top puts them over the top.

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or water
  • 2 cups chunky applesauce
  • 1/2 cup caramel apple dip
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped glazed pecans
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 8 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup caramel apple dip
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners.

In a large mixing bowl, mix cake mix, oil, apple juice, chunky applesauce, and caramel apple dip until well blended.

Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each. Stir in cinnamon. Add chopped pecans reserving some for tops of cupcakes.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake 20 to 30 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove to a sheet pan and refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes until cool.

Meanwhile make the frosting. In large mixing bowl cream together butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and caramel apple dip until fluffy. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until incorporated and well blended, about 3 minutes.

Fill piping bag with frosting fitted with large tube or no tube at all. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and sprinkle tops with reserved chopped glazed pecans. 

Note: You can also omit the pecans and drizzle extra caramel sauce over the tops of the cupcakes.

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toris... toristarrx4

Has anyone made these?

nonmember avatar hannah

What would the closest equivalent of a "caramel apple dip mix" be, for Uk readers? Could I use a toffee or butterscotch sauce from a jar?

Lotus... LotusMoonflower

I have not made these...but I certainly WILL be. They look delicious!

silly... sillymommy521

Yum! I'll have to try these!

Mrs.Salz Mrs.Salz

Hannah yes you could use any caramel sauce.


The dipping sauce in a container in the US is just like caramel sauce but thicker (and usually warmed to make it thinner).

Mrs.M... Mrs.Morgan

Sounds scrumptious

nonmember avatar Danielle

Is the recipe for 12 servings/cupcakes only? It seems like it would make more than just 12 cupcakes with all of the listed ingredients.......

liyya... liyyasmom

Looks Good.....sounds good so I must try it!!!!

momka... momkaribg

Omg this looks so good.

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