Caramel Apple Butter Cupcakes

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Caramel Apple Butter Cupcakes - easy homemade cupcake recipe perfect for fall! SnappyGourmet.comCaramel Apple Butter Cupcakes, is a fun recipe perfect for fall, Halloween, and even Thanksgiving! These fall cupcakes are also easy to make thanks to MUSSELMAN’S apple butter and a cake mix. Topped with a caramel apple cream cheese frosting, chopped nuts, and a drizzle of caramel. One of the best cupcake recipes I’ve ever had if I do say so myself. :) Ready to do some fall baking??
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I grew up slathering spoonfuls of apple butter on toast for breakfast so what a treat to create a recipe with MUSSELMAN’S apple butter. Although apple butter is wonderful on toast, you can use it in a variety of different recipes and it’s perfect for fall baking and cooking. I’m sure you’ve seen cake recipes that use applesauce or pureed fruits/vegetables instead of oil/butter. Well, I thought apple butter would be even BETTER and it sure was! Only 4 ingredients in the cupcake batter including a cake mix, eggs, cider (or you could use apple juice or water), and apple butter! The apple butter gave the cupcakes a delicious unique apple flavor! You could also add a little cinnamon or apple pie spice to the mix but I really liked the cupcakes without.

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The batter for these Caramel Apple Butter Cupcakes only took a few minutes to mix together and the cupcakes were in the oven in no time. They baked up beautifully and turned a nice golden brown color. When they come out of the oven, be sure to let them cool completely on a rack before you frost them. You don’t want the frosting to melt. :)

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The caramel apple cream cheese frosting that goes along with these cupcakes is delicious! Cream cheese frosting is the best, don’t you think?? The cream cheese really goes well with the apple flavor! Only 5 ingredients in the frosting recipe including cream cheese, butter, caramel, powdered sugar, and more apple butter.  I will warn you that the recipes makes A LOT of frosting. If you don’t want to decorate the cupcakes with quite so much frosting, be sure to cut the recipe in half or make a double batch of cupcakes.

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Top the Caramel Apple Butter Cupcakes with a drizzle of caramel and some chopped nuts and you have yourself some beautiful cupcakes and a festive dessert for fall, Halloween, or even Thanksgiving!

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Caramel Apple Butter Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 24
Fall flavored cupcake with caramel and apple butter and perfect dessert for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or fall parties!
  • 1 (15.25 box) yellow cake mix
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup MUSSELMAN'S Apple Butter
  • 3 (8 oz.) packages regular cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 (4 oz.) sticks unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup thick caramel topping
  • ¼ MUSSELMAN'S Apple Butter
  • 6 cups sifted powdered sugar
Topping (optional):
  • ½ cup thick caramel topping
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, or peanuts)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with paper baking liners or spray pans with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix together cake mix, cider, eggs, and ½ cup apple butter with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans so that each cup is about ⅔ full.
  3. Bake cupcakes for about 19-23 minutes or when toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on wire racks and cool completely.
  4. To make frosting, mix together cream cheese and butter in large mixing bowl until well combined and lumps are all gone. Mix in ¼ cup caramel and apple butter until well combined. Slowly mix in powdered sugar until well combined. Frost cupcakes as desired with pastry bag or knife.
  5. If desired, warm remaining ¼ cup of caramel in microwave for 15 seconds or until drizzling consistency. Cool slightly then drizzle over cupcakes. Sprinkle nuts on top. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
SNAPPY TIPS: Make sure cake mix is same size, or results will vary. For frosting, make sure cream cheese and butter are at room temperature and soft otherwise frosting will be lumpy. The frosting recipe makes a lot of frosting. If you don't want to top the cupcakes with so much frosting, cut the ingredients in half.

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Instead of cider you can substitute apple juice or water but results will vary.

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  1. What can we substitute the apple butter with? I live overseas and it is impossible to find apple butter and apple cider :(
    I want to make this recipe. Please help

    • HI! Oh no, you can’t get apple butter? Well, unfortunately it has a very unique taste and consistency. You could make your own or you could substitute cinnamon applesauce.

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