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Caramel Apple Cupcakes With Fresh Apples

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Caramel apple cupcakes use fresh Granny Smith apples and are the perfect fall treat. Complete with a butterscotch and caramel topping.

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There is no shortage of fresh Granny Smith apples in this caramel apple cupcakes with fresh apple recipe. They’re in the cupcakes, the frosting, and have a slice on top. 

These cupcakes are perfect treat for the family, or to take to any holiday party, especially a Thanksgiving dessert! 

What are the benefits of apples?

Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. There’s truth to the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Fun treat for fall
  • Made using fresh apples
  • Great for parties or for home
  • Fun to make
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Ingredients 

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

How to make the caramel sauce for this recipe

1 – Place half of the canned coconut milk, coconut sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt into a medium saucepan.

2 – Stir the ingredients together and let it all come to a boil.

3 – Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat down to medium and continually stir for about 15 minutes until the caramel thickens.

4 – When the caramel sauce is done, transfer to a bowl so it can cool down.

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How to make the cupcakes for this recipe

1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2 – Add a dry package of yellow cake mix to a large bowl.

3 – Add in the Greek yogurt, water, ground cinnamon and vanilla. Mix with a hand mixer for about a minute until everything is well blended.

4 – Peel a Granny Smith apple, remove the core, and dice into small pieces. Fold the apples into the cake mix.

5 – Place cupcake liners into cupcake sheet, for 24 cupcakes. Divide the cake batter evenly between the 24 cupcake liners.

6 – Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the center is cooked through. Check center with a toothpick.

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How to make the frosting for this recipe

While the cupcakes are cooling:

1 –  Place the thawed tub of whipped topping in a large bowl.

2 – Add the vanilla extract, small box of sugar-free butterscotch pudding and skim milk. Mix with a hand mixer for about a minute until everything is well blended.

3 – Peel a Granny Smith apple, remove core, and dice into very small pieces and fold into the frosting. The frosting will be smooth with small chunks of apple.

How to assemble the Caramel Apple Cupcakes

1 – Remove core from one more Granny Smith apple, slicing thin to get about 24 slices and set aside.

2 – Place frosting into a plastic piping bag. Or into a large resealable bag and snip the bottom corner to make a piping bag.

3 – Pipe frosting onto the 24 cupcakes. Top the frosting with a slice of Granny Smith apple.

4 – Using a spoon, drizzle the caramel over each cupcake, covering the apple and frosting. Complete this step when the cupcakes are ready to be served.

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Do I need to keep these cupcakes refrigerated?

Yes. After the cupcakes are frosted they need to be kept in the refrigerator. The whipped topping frosting shouldn’t be left unrefrigerated for longer than 2 hours.

How long will cupcakes stay fresh?

Store unfrosted cupcakes in an airtight container for up to 7 days in the refrigerator or on the counter for 2 days.

Calories per serving (1 cupcake): 142

Yield: 24 Servings

Caramel Apple Cupcakes With Fresh Apples

caramel apple cupcakes on a white plate side view

Caramel apple cupcakes use fresh Granny Smith apples and are the perfect Fall treat. Complete with a butterscotch and caramel topping. 

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

For Cupcakes

  • 15.25 ounce yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced small

For Caramel Sauce

  • 13.5 ounce can coconut milk, half can
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For Frosting

  • 8 ounce tub lite whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced small
  • 1 ounce box sugar-free butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into thin slices

Instructions

For Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, add the yellow cake mix powder, Greek yogurt, water, cinnamon and vanilla. With a hand mixer, mix for 1 minute until well blended. Fold in the diced apples.
  2. Line cupcake trays with 24 cupcake liners. Divide cake mix evenly between the 24 cupcake liners. Bake for 25 minutes, or until cupckes are baked through. Insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake to see if it comes out clean. Allow to cool.

For Caramel Sauce

  1. Place all caramel ingredients into a medium saucepan. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continously stir for about 15 minutes until the caramel sauce thickens. When sauce is done, transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool.

For Frosting

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the whipped topping, butterscotch pudding mix, milk and vanilla. Fold in the diced apples. Place frosting into a plastic piping bag, or a large resealable bag with the bottom corner snipped off.
  2. When ready to serve cupcakes, pipe frosting onto the cupcakes, add a slice of Granny Smith apple and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 252mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Amanda Wren-Grimwood

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Apples and caramel go so well together and I love the fact that they are lower calorie too. Perfect!

simplylowcal

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Thank you. :)

Toni

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Delicious, adorable AND low calorie? How can you go wrong with that. Love this recipe, thank you.

simplylowcal

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Thanks, Toni! :)

pam

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

These cupcakes are just perfect for fall. Love that they are "healthy-ish" too!

simplylowcal

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Thanks, Pam!

Michelle

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

How delicious are these?! Love the substitutions you made to make it lighter and the warm fall flavors!

simplylowcal

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Thanks, Michelle. :)

Lathiya

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

The cupcakes look so delicious. I love the combination of caramel and apple.

simplylowcal

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Thank you! :)

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