Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Pie Crust Topping

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I don’t think you’ll find a more fall-flavored cupcake recipe than the one for these caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes! 

The spiced cupcakes are topped with a cinnamon buttercream frosting, and apple pie filling – made from scratch with fresh apples – and the final flourish is cinnamon sugar pie crust, a drizzle of salted caramel sauce, and sprinkled with crushed cinnamon crackers.

They are showstopping cupcakes that taste as delicious as they look!

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Apple pie cupcakes

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Apple Pie Cupcakes

I think cupcakes are one of the best desserts in the world! To me, they are perfectly portioned, portable sweet treats that can be as simple or as fancy as you like!

I love making cupcakes for parties and celebrations and have the BEST vanilla cupcake recipe that I have been using for as long as I can remember.

But sometimes, you just need to break out a box mix, and I don’t judge myself when I do that – sometimes it just makes life a little bit easier!

What I’m saying is, is these cupcakes are made using a box of cake mix, but the apple pie filling and the frosting are made from scratch, and we have a few other ingredient hacks along the way.

These apple pie cupcakes are relatively easy to make – there are 5 different steps to making them, but I think the end result is worth it – don’t you?

Apple pie cupcakes with pie crust topping

Ingredients Used in Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes

The full list of cupcake ingredients can be found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post, but I’m going to mention a few notable ones here that you may not find in your supermarket.

A good alternative would be Betty Crocker Carrot Cake Mix which we can get in UK supermarkets.

Both mixes contain spices, and the tiny amount of carrots in the carrot cake mix isn’t likely to alter the flavour too much.

Or of course, you could use my vanilla cupcake recipe (mentioned above) and substitute the vanilla for 1½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

  • To make the little cinnamon sugar pie crust triangles that sit on top of the cupcakes you need a box of pre-rolled pastry/pie crust which you’ll find in the refrigerated section of the supermarket.
  • For the apple pie topping, you will need some salted caramel sauce (but if you can only find regular caramel sauce, that is fine).
  • You will also need Graham crackers which are American sweet, cinnamon-flavored crackers. The closest in texture in the UK would be Digestive biscuits, or if you can find a cinnamon flavoured biscuit in your local supermarket, use those. Actually, Aldi or Lidl would probably be a great place to look for something like that!

Equipment Used in This Recipe

This recipe uses American cup measurements. Since I use this type of measurement often, I find it handy to have a set of measuring cups in the kitchen.

In addition to the usual cupcake-making equipment – mixer, bowls, spatula, cupcake pan, wire cooling rack, etc., you will also need a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for baking the pie crust triangles; and a large piping bag with a star tip for the frosting.

How Do I Make Apple Pie Cupcakes?

The full instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post, but here is a quick outline so you know what to expect from the recipe. I highly recommend always reading a recipe all the way through before starting.

Make the cake mix according to the package instructions. Most box mixes require extra ingredients like eggs, or oil – check your mix as they may vary from brand to brand.

Place cupcake liners in a cupcake pan and divide the mix between them. You should get around 22-24 cupcakes.

I like to use an ice cream scoop to get equal measurements.

Once they are cooked, transfer the cupcakes to a wire cooling rack and leave them to cool completely before decorating them.

Baked apple pie cupcake

While the cupcakes are cooking you can make the apple pie filling and leave that to cool completely.

You can also get your frosting ready and transfer it to a piping bag that’s been fitted with a large star tip such as Wilton #1M.

The pie crust is next, so unroll it and put it on a lined baking sheet, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake and then allow to come to room temperature before cutting into triangles.

With all the cupcake elements prepared, all that is left to do is assemble!

Frosted apple pie cupcake
Cupcakes topped with apple pie filling

Pipe a swirl on each cupcake, leaving the top flat so that the apple pie filling has somewhere to sit.

Spoon the apples onto the frosting, sprinkle with crumbled Graham Crackers, drizzle with salted caramel sauce, and finish off by pushing a pie crust into the frosting.

Decorate in manufacturing line style as it actually makes things a lot quicker than completing all the decorating steps cupcake-by-cupcake.

Once they’re made, it’s time to devour! I hope you enjoy these delicious cupcakes that are filled with the flavours of autumn!

Full of the flavors of fall! Apple Pie Cupcakes

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Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes - Perfect for Fall!
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Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes

Michelle Ordever
I don't think you'll find a more fall flavored cupcake recipe than the one for these Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes! They taste as delicious as they look!
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Recipes
Cuisine Baking
Servings 22
Calories 342 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Cupcakes

  • 1 15.25oz box spice cake mix + ingredients to make the cakes

For the Apple Pie Topping

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 cups peeled and chopped Gala apples
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • cups water
  • 2 tsp cornstarch cornflour

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened*
  • cup powdered icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream double cream

For the Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust

  • 1 roll pie crust/pastry unrolled
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon

For Decorating

  • ¼ cup Graham cracker crumbs
  • Salted caramel sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to cake mix requirements and place cupcake liners in pan.
  • Mix cupcakes according to package instructions. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full with cake batter. Bake for specified time and once cooked leave to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
  • While the cupcakes are baking, make the apple pie filling. Melt butter in a saucepan over a medium-low heat. Stir in the apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Pour in 1 cup of water and simmer until apples are tender.
  • To thicken the apple pie filling, combine ½ cup of water with cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk till smooth. Pour this slurry into the simmering apples and stir for a couple minutes until thickened. Let cool completely.
  • Combine all the frosting ingredients in a stand mixer bowl and mix on medium speed to stiff peaks. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a star tip.
  • To make the pie crust, pre-heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl. Unroll the pie crust and place it onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the melted butter onto the pastry and sprinkle all over with the cinnamon sugar.
  • Place the cinnamon sugar pie crust into the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool to room temperature then cut into triangles.
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, making sure to keep the top of the frosting flat so that the apple pie filling can on top.
  • Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the cooled apple pie filling onto the frosting.
  • Sprinkle Graham cracker crumbs onto the top of the cupcakes.
  • Drizzle the salted caramel sauce over the cupcakes and then press a pie crust triangle into the frosting.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 285mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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