Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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On a diet? Then you might want to look away now because these Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes are completely unapologetic in their calorific magnificence.

You might recall when I shared my Apple Curd recipe that I was sent a case of 80 Aussie Apples. In that case I’m sure it comes as no surprise I have another apple recipe to share with you. This time I’ve taken things up a notch…or three and instead of simple apple cupcakes I have something much, much more decadent to share with you.

With the addition of salted caramel, spices, salted caramel buttercream frosting, dehydrated apple wafers and yet more salted caramel oozing down the frosting these cupcakes are anything but boring. I present to you my Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes!

One thing I will warn you about is that there is no delicate ladylike way to enjoy these Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes. You will probably end up with either some caramel or frosting on your face or both. But what is life without a bit of mess and a bit of indulgence!

So why not make some of these beauties today?

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Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes
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Salted Caramel recipe from Rachel Allen Entertaining At Home
Serves: 12
  • 225g of caster sugar
  • 75ml of water
  • 100g of butter
  • 100ml of cream
  • 1 heaped tsp of sea salt flakes
  • 3 small apples (2 large), peeled and cored and cut into pieces
  • 230g plain flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 175g soft unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150ml sour cream
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp of ground ginger
  • 1 tbs of salted caramel
  • 2 apples
  • 125g of room temperature butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 2 tbs of salted caramel
  1. Start by making the caramel. To make the salted caramel place the sugar and water in a medium sized saucepan over a low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then add the butter. Stir until the butter melts and then increase the heat to medium and allow the mixture to cook until it reaches a light toffee colour, around 15 minutes. Add the cream and sea salt, stir to combine and then cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cupcake liners. Remove the butter and eggs from the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature before making the cupcakes.
  3. Using a food processor with a grater attachment fitter grate the apples. Swap the grater attachment for a chopping blade and add all of the ingredients into the bowl of the food processor and process until you have a smooth, thick batter. Divide the batter between the cupcake liners. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked and remove from the tray and place on a wire wrack to cool.
  4. To make the apple wafers, reduce the oven to 100 degrees celsius (210 Fahrenheit). Use a mandoline to cut the apple 0.75mm thick and arrange the apple slices on a baking tray lined with baking paper and place in the oven and bake for 2 hours, turning the apples over after an hour. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  5. To make the frosting beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light in color and fluffy, roughly 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and gradually add the icing sugar alternating with the milk, and mix until completely incorporated. Add the caramel while the mixer is low and then increase to medium-high and beat until airy and thoroughly mixed, about 2 minutes.
  6. To decorate the cupcakes fill a piping bag fitted with a star tip with the frosting and pipe onto the cupcakes. Drizzle with some of the remaining caramel sauce and decorate with an apple wafer.
The salted caramel can be made 2 to 3 days ahead. Apple wafers can be made 1 day ahead. Store in an airtight container once cool.



Delicieux received a box of apples thanks to Aussie Apples and Bite Communications.


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  1. Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 9, 2012  9:15 am Reply

    YUM! These look totally delicious! I've always like apples as a fruit and now you've put salted caramel to totally YUMMY!!!! Thanks for sharing! Ok...there's a few components but the recipe doesn't seem soooo hard gonna give these a go soon :D

    • delicieux May 9, 2012  9:30 am Reply

      While there are a few components it's really not hard to make these babies. Especially if you make the caramel and the apple wafers the day before :D

  2. Sneh | Cook Republic May 9, 2012  10:54 am Reply

    oooh yummo! love anything salted caramel and those apple chips are to die for!

  3. Liz May 9, 2012  11:12 am Reply

    These are just stunning! And those dried apples are such an amazing beautiful! Pinning this immediately :)

    • delicieux May 9, 2012  3:12 pm Reply

      Thanks Anna :D I love the apple wafers too. They sort of remind me of Autumn leaves.

  4. cc11 May 9, 2012  1:06 pm Reply

    My kind of cupcake!!!

  5. Amanda May 9, 2012  1:36 pm Reply

    Another lovely recipe thanks, Jen. Love that all the steps are so simple and straightforward, too.

  6. Rosa May 9, 2012  3:51 pm Reply

    Delicious looking cupcakes! I love the flavor you chose.



  7. Anna @ the shady pine May 9, 2012  4:06 pm Reply

    These cupcakes look gorgeous....and I love the sound of the salted caramel frosting. Oh and the slices of dried apple make for mouthwatering presentation!

  8. Simone May 9, 2012  4:12 pm Reply

    They look even better then the name might have you think!! Love love them and gorgeous shots too. Trying to be on a diet though so might have to save those for another day...;)

  9. thelittleloaf May 9, 2012  6:15 pm Reply

    You've really excelled yourself with these cupcakes - they look gorgeous! Salted caramel is one of my all time favourite things, and I love the combination with apples - like toffee apples, but in cupcake form, and better!

  10. Choc Chip Uru May 9, 2012  6:22 pm Reply

    These apple cupcakes look divine - caramel and apples are unbeatable :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Beth May 9, 2012  7:56 pm Reply

    What beautiful cupcakes! Anything with salted caramel is very, very tempting.

  12. Tina@flourtrader May 9, 2012  9:14 pm Reply

    Delicious blend of flavors. I always did like the salty sweet caramel apples and I know having in a cupcake form would be amazing. The presentation you did is picture perfect! Great recipe as well as stunning photos-well done.

  13. Deb May 10, 2012  3:11 am Reply

    What scrumptious cupcakes! Caramel and apple is a superlative pairing. The whimsical striped cupcake wrappers and the apple topper are charming. A delicious post!

  14. kankana May 10, 2012  10:45 am Reply

    I think once in a while we all should indulge and this would be a perfect treat for that day. I just love those crispy apple and the way you decorated it! Very pretty :)

  15. myfudo May 10, 2012  5:22 pm Reply

    Never realized salted caramel can be so easy to make. Love your presentation. These cupcakes are a darling!

  16. Carol | a cup of mascarpone September 20, 2012  9:40 pm Reply

    These are amazing - such an awesome recipe! Love everything about it! Finding the post a little late - but what a perfect time to find it - almost fall and apple season!


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