Spiced apple cupcakes

Spiced apple cupcakes

I am so loving this Fall weather! The temps are nice and cool and the trees are turning gorgeous shades of yellow, red and orange. I just love this time of year. Not only for the changing colors and cool weather, but also for football and Halloween, two of my favorite things. I've got my Halloween decorations up, pumpkins bought and, of course, I'm a football watching freak.

Another thing I love about this time of year is baking in my kitchen. Baking with apples and pumpkins, cinnamon and nutmeg. What could be better? So when I read a post last week about spiced apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting I was totally in. A perfect fall dessert!


Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon apple pie spice
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup room temperature butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 peeled apple, chopped into small pieces

For the frosting:
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs of ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream

For the caramel drizzle:
6-8 unwrapped caramels
1 tbs heavy cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.

In a bowl sift together, flour, apple pie spice, baking powder and salt and set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla extract,  milk and egg and mix until incorporated. Slowly mix in your dry ingredients while mixing on medium speed. Fold in apples pieces.

Pour into lined cupcake tins about 2/3 full.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.

For the frosting, in a an electric mixer blend cream cheese with vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon and  2-3 cups of powdered sugar, depending on how sweet you want it to be. If it’s too thick, add the heavy cream to lighten it up.  Whip until smooth. Frost the cupcakes.

For the caramel drizzle, in a small sauce pan add caramel candies and cream. Mix continuously until melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly so it’s not too hot to the touch. Drizzle over cupcakes.

Bon Appetit!