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.

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.

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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

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

The apple spice cupcakes are drizzled with caramel sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 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



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


  1. 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.
  2. When the cupcakes are cool combine the cream cheese and butter and mix at high speed until smooth.
  3. 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.
  4. Pipe onto the cupcakes for a swirly look.

Caramel Sauce

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


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 651Saturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 622mgCarbohydrates: 89gFiber: 1gSugar: 74gProtein: 4g
apple caramel cupcake

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27 thoughts on “Apple Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce”

  1. Popping in from Say G\’day to check out your fabulous recipe. I would be honored if you would come by and share your recipe at Foodie Friday\’s too! It looks amazing. Hope to see you there.
    Blessings, Shari

  2. These look so good! Thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday. I’m sharing these on my Walking on Sunshine FB page this morning! Hope to see you again next week!

  3. 5 stars
    What a special treat, we will just love these cupcakes! Hope you are having a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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