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Apple Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce

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These Apple Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce are a delicious fall treat!

The cupcakes are made with apples in the batter, so they have apple flavor in every bite.

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A group of muffins sitting on a wooden table.

The frosting is a creamy cream cheese frosting with cinnamon flavoring, and the cinnamon and nutmeg in the frosting give it nice flecks of brown.

A group of cupcakes with whipped cream on top.

Now you could stop there, and the cupcakes would be very tasty.  But I had some Caramel Sauce left over from making Caramel Apple Cake, so I figured I might as well use it.  After all everything tastes better with caramel sauce drizzled on top.

drizzling caramel sauce

Of course the caramel sauce makes these a little messy, but no one in my family seemed to mind!

Find More Apple Dessert Recipes

Looking for more seasonal favorites? Try Apple Monkey Bread Muffins, Apple Fritter Bread, Apple Cake, or Gluten Free Apple Crisp

4.89 from 17 votes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Published By Anne
The apple spice cupcakes are drizzled with caramel sauce.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 12
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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 apples


  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup half and half



  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Peel, chop and core the apples.
  • Cream the butter, white sugar and brown sugar in a mixing bowl until well combined.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl.
  • Add the flour mixture and the milk to the sugar mix and mix until just combined.
  • Fold in the chopped apples.
  • Spoon the batter into cupcake tin and bake for 18-20 minutes.


  • While the cupcakes are baking and cooling get out the cream cheese and butter and let them come to room temperature. The frosting will be smoother if they are not chilled.
  • When the cupcakes are cool combine the cream cheese and butter and mix at high speed until smooth.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon and mix until the frosting is spreadable. If it is too thick add a few tablespoons of milk or cream.
  • Pipe onto the cupcakes for a swirly look.

Caramel Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and bring the sauce to a rolling boil. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Drizzle over the cake.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 651kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 4g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 622mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 74g

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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27 thoughts on “Apple Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    The perfect epitome for the start of fall! The caramel sauce on top of the cupcakes look very glazed! Looks yum! Thank you for sharing such a scrumptious looking recipe!


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