Day 29 of The 2012 Apple Challenge: Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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I almost made this recipe for my daughterís Halloween party Saturday, but we had a ton of food already, so I didnít. Good thing, too, because I am supposed to bring treats to the newspaper tomorrow for the United Way Bake Sale. I totally forgot, but luckily I had all the ingredients I needed to make these tonight.

Even better, this is my third to last apple recipe of The 2012 Apple Challenge.


  • 1 package spice or carrot cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 20 Caramels
  • 3 tablespoons 2 percent milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
Prepare cake batter according to package directions; fold in apples.

Fill 12 greased or paper-lined jumbo muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350į for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small saucepan, cook the caramels and milk over low heat until smooth. Spread over cupcakes. Sprinkle with pecans. Insert a wooden stick into the center of each cupcake.


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