With the arrival of fall, pumpkins and apples seem to be inspiration for treats around our house. These adorable cupcakes taste as good as they look. You might even do a double take trying to figure out if these are caramel apples or not.
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
1 box spice cake mix
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup peeled, cored, and chopped Granny Smith apple
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine cake mix, eggs, sour cream, milk and vegetable oil in mixer. Scrape bowl then mix 3 minutes. Add chopped apple and stir.
Pour batter into paper-lined muffin pans about 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove and cool on wire rack.
Meanwhile, combine caramels and milk in small saucepan over low heat, stirring until melted and smooth.
Spread caramel atop cupcakes trying not to touch liners. Sprinkle with nuts. Insert stick into center of each cupcake.