Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Luscious fall apples paired with the flavors of caramel and brown sugar all in one delicious apple caramel cupcake.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Leelalicious


Apple Spice Cupcakes

  • 1 - 1.5 cup diced apples
  • 1 18 oz. box butter or spice cake mix, prepared acc. to directions but using only 3/4 of required amount of water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla bean powder
  • 1 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar

Caramel Filling

  • 2/3 - 3/4 c. dulce de leche or other thick caramel sauce

Vanilla Caramel Glaze

  • 1/4 c. butter melted
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar packed (I used the dark kind, but I think light would be better)
  • 2 tbsp. cream or milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract or 1 tsp. vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1.5 - 2 c. icing sugar must be sifted



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel and cut apple(s) into small dices. Prepare cupcake batter according to directions, but using only 3/4 of required amount of water.

  2. Add vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar and stir in apple dices. Line cupcake pan.

  3. Fill liners no more than 3/4 with batter and bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool cupcakes for 5 minutes in pan, then let fully cool on a rack.


  1. To fill the cooled cupcakes cut a hole into each one (I used a large icing tip but a knife works too). Reserve the very top of the cut out. Fill dulce de leche or other thick caramel sauce into a pastry bag and pipe into the cupcake hole. Close with the very top of the cut out.

Vanilla Caramel Glaze

  1. Have all ingredients ready before you get started. In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat, add sugar and bring to a boil. Stirring almost constantly. Once boiling, reduce heat and continue boiling for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in milk/cream and vanilla. Be careful, mixture will bubble. Whisk in icing sugar half a cup at a time until glaze has desired consistency. Pour over cupcakes.