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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Updated on December 30, 2014

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Roasted, salted peanuts and sweet, buttery caramel envelope the tart, crisp fruit to caress the mouth in an intricate dance through every taste-bud. Memories themselves are captured within the folds of those treats, every bite a burst of juices, a Ferris wheel ride, a Halloween delicacy! Although suspended by a wooden dowel of some sort (likely a Popsicle stick) the ooey goo seems to always leave you with sticky fingertips and a taste on your lips that just wont quit!

The Caramel Apple

Did you know caramel and candy apples were once an acceptable gift to give to Trick-Or-Treaters on Halloween? Not only were they given out but they were wildly popular, sought after by children and adults alike! Unfortunately, in the 60s and 70s rumors began to spread that people had been putting razor blades into apples. This resulted in hospitals offering free x-rays, but the trend of unwrapped candies was already at an end and the term "tamper proof" came into play.

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Bobbing For Apples

Since Roman times the tradition of bobbing for apples in a vessel of water has managed to 'stick'. Back then there was an annual celebration and the first unwed youth to catch an apple between their teeth would be the next allowed to be married.

To play, fill a tub or bucket with cool water. Remember, several people are going to need to fit their heads in at once so you’re going to need some room to play with!

Throw several apples into the water - watch them float!

Whomever plays must be blindfolded with their hands behind their back. They are not allowed to use anything but their mouth in this.

The idea is to be the first person to catch an apple between your teeth.

Hint: If you can’t find a large enough bucket to accompany several people or you want to extend the game, simply set a timer to see how long it takes each person, one at a time, to capture the prize!

Hint: If you are disgusted by this whole thing tie the apples up and suspend them in the air instead of putting them in water. They’re still not easy to catch with no hands or eyes!

For Halloween (or any time), put them in themed cupcake wrappers!

Happy Halloween Cupcake
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Everything is better on a stick.

Every year in the fall apples are harvested from the trees just as the summer begins to draw to a slow close. I look forward to catching these every year at my Local Farmers Market and buying them by the drawer full.

For this project we will not be using those, though if you'd like to make your own applesauce for the recipe I dare you - I myself am simply going to start with by-the-book from a recipe my cousin gave me.

A few things to keep in mind:

*You can use whatever Cupcake/Cake recipe you have laying around that ends up tasting like apples or an apple variation in the end. I'd like to do one of these with a little bit of baked apple on the inside of the cupcake for a more pie-like consistency.

*You can also use whatever caramel you want to use but be sure it's the kind meant to wrap around it! I chose Kraft because supposedly the man who invited Caramel Apples was working for that company at the time, though history is a little skewed on how that went.

*All Photos property of Gina Blanchard - All Rights Reserved

As I mentioned earlier, there really is no problem using any old apple (cup)cake recipe if you've got one or have a better idea for one. Here's what I used!


  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • Large Pinch Salt
  • 1 Cup Applesauce
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 20 oz Caramel Candies
  • Plate of Chopped
  • Roasted Peanuts (or other item to roll 'apples' in)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line Mini Cupcake pan with baking cups (like the sweet ghost ones pictured on this page!)
  3. Whisk together first four ingredients into a medium bowl. Mix the next four ingredients into a large bowl. Combine flour mix from medium bowl into large bowl with other ingredients. Blend well. Spoon into baking cups to about the 3/4 mark.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Cool completely - this is important if you don't want dripping cupcakes!
  6. While that's going get a piece of wax paper and spray it with nonstick spray - this is going to be where you put your cupcakes after they're "frosted".
  7. Once cupcakes are cooled, put a Popsicle stick into the top of each one.
  8. Melt Caramel via instructions on package*(see note)*.
  9. Hold each cupcake by its stick and drizzle caramel over it (over the bowl) to coat completely. Immediately roll in peanuts. (See Image "Caramel Coating")
  10. Let stand until set.
  11. *Note: for the Kraft brand I put them in the microwave for two minutes with 2 teaspoons of milk, stirring at each minute.
  12. If you have a double-boiler, use it to keep your caramel warm while you work. If not, just put some water in a pot and put another pot on top of that, making sure the top pot doesn't touch the water below. I left mine on medium heat the whole time and it worked beautifully.
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Caramel Coating

Put Sticks into Cakes

Melt Caramel Candies

Drizzle Melted Candies onto COMPLETELY COOLED cakes.

Place in Coating Item (Here: Peanuts). Roll, pressing very gently.

Set Upright on Waxed Paper.


Things to Roll Apples In

There is no limit to what you can use as your outside coating! Here are just a few ideas!

  • M&M's, Snickers, Reeses or other Crushed Candy Bits - get creative, like Candy Corn for Halloween or Conversation Hearts for Valentine's Day
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts - Peanuts, almonds, walnuts, it doesn't matter!
  • Sprinkles, confections, etc. If you can decorate a cake with it, you can probably stick it to caramel.
  • Cookies, be it Oreo or Graham Cracker
  • Coconut
  • Chocolate (dipped!)
  • Marshmallows
  • Cereal

Which do you prefer?

Caramel Apples or Candied Apples?

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More Photos from Cupcake Making!

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Hope you liked my recipe! - Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Bill Armstrong 3 years ago from Valencia, California

      Wow it has to be the Caramel Apples, yum, yum, thanks for sharing

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      SimonJay 4 years ago

      This is going to be yummy i will give it a try as i love peanuts

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      Oh my this looks good, I see you're a caramel fan just like me (thanks for stopping by my recipe), I'm going to PIN this for future use!

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      Bobo54321 4 years ago

      Look good!

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      mountaingirl576 4 years ago

      How great are these, not seen a cupcake on a stick before but I think its great, could just eat on now!

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      Two Crafty Paws 4 years ago

      What a clever idea! I'm sure they won't last long on our table =).

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      glowchick 4 years ago

      Love this idea! Looks soo yummy :)

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      I am allergic to raw apples, but I could definitely settle for one of these cupcakes to fulfill my cravings. Looks and sounds very yummy!

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      Christine Hulme 4 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Love your photos that set off your creative ideas here!

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      Sounds yummie!

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Wow what a beautiful lens, and a wonderful dessert!

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      David3142 4 years ago

      These look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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      rosemarieb 4 years ago

      Such a great idea, especially for those of us who love caramel & apples. Delish! I can't wait to try this.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I can't eat caramel apples or candied apples any more since I developed an allergy to raw apple skin (and several other raw fruit skins) many years ago, but THESE I could definitely get into! I love the idea of the riff on caramel apples and, as you said, anything tastes better on a stick. (No doubt ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's pal Jose Jalapeno "on a steeck" might object!) ;) Congrats on your well deserved purple star, Gina! :D

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Fabulous! I lived in those wonderful Halloween days when a child (me) was thrilled to get a caramel apple treat. It was the ultimate. These cupcakes are amazing. I want one. I need one. I _will_ have one (or two) before I'm done trick or treating this year.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      These are such a clever idea. I love caramel and cupcakes; the applesauce is a nice bonus.

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      tammywilliams09 4 years ago

      That looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing. The Caramel Apple Cupcake looks like cute beside the bigger Caramel Apple. Thanks for the ideas for the outer coating.

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      SamanthaHaupt 4 years ago

      These look so delicious!! Yummmmmm!

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      AwesomeSquidood 4 years ago

      I wanna try to make me one! :P

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      These sound so yummy, and a unique idea!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yummeeee, those look so, so, so ..... yummy LOL

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      What a great idea! I'm going to try it, thanks!

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      Drooling. Get in my belly! Great lens, Gina!

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      brendasue311 4 years ago

      OMG, looks like heaven on a stick!!! Thank you so much for sharing this...Wow!

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      Rick King 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Now I am hungry! One of the great things about this time of year are the fresh apples and all the yummy things that can be made from them. Thanks for adding to my list of must have soon snacks.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      Wow - great lens - so much effort has gone into it. I love the photos and recipes. Well done.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Would love to try something similar (don't have some of these ingredients in Finland).

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My mouth is watering...what a great cupcake.

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      The sweet caramel and salty nut texture on the cupcakes have me anxious to try this recipe this Fall season. Loved the tutorial, very thorough. Thank you!

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      Bizbrat 4 years ago

      Looks and sounds great to eat and I will give your recipe a try. I love the sweet and salty combo mix, it's like music to my talk buds.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love this idea! I've added this lens to my featured lens module for my Halloween Cupcake lens. Thanks for letting me share this. :)

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      These look very tasty and much easier to eat than a caramel apple! Yum!

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      Mommy 4 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      These look incredible!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I do like your recipe and even if I have sore teeth I would still have a go at eating them, have a sweet teeth.

      Thanks for sharing beautiful photos.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Sounds very yummy, must try it. I loved your Lens and congratulations with the purple star!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Cool idea! I really like the size of the cupcake - much more kid-friendly than a huge apple. Great pictures!

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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      My mom and I always made caramel apples for Halloween. Thank you for sharing more caramel recipes. Caramel rocks!