These Caramel Apple Cupcakes are a Fun Fall Cupcake!

I am all about fall and these caramel apple cupcakes are so fall, y’all, it’s not even funny. So get ready to ring in the leaf-drop with this fun fall cupcake!

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Make these easy caramel apple cupcakes for fun fall cupcakes the kids can help make!

Caramel apple cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have a little obsession with fall. For real, if you could have a favorite season, for me, it’s probably fall. I mean, spring is fine and summer is super fun. But fall is so nice with the lower temps and all the, well, the cooler temps. That’s kind of my thing.


It was with fall in mind (because I’m so ready for the lower temps) that I decided we needed some easy caramel apple cupcakes. They’re simple, fun and kids love them. If you’re ready to make fun fall cupcakes, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make fall cupcakes

  • Start with your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe. I always use my Lazy Girl cupcakes, because they’re no-fail, assuming you can read (and follow) a recipe!
  • When you’re swirling your icing on your cupcakes, take it slow. If you go too fast, you won’t be able to spin while you turn the caramel cupcake. And then you’ll just have flat lines instead of swirls. If that makes sense.
  • Be sure to let your cupcakes cool completely before frosting. Hot cupcake may taste amazing…mmm…but frosting melts. Be warned.
  • While you’re making your caramel, be sure to stir CONSTANTLY. No joking, this is really important. If you don’t the sugar will just stick to the bottom of your pan and that won’t be caramel, just burnt sugar.
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How to Make Caramel Cupcakes

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 12

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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I am all about fall and these caramel apple cupcakes are so fall, y'all, it's not even funny. So get ready to ring in the leaf-drop with this fun fall cupcake!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 12 of your favorite vanilla cupcakes
  • 1 can of your favorite vanilla frosting
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tspn vanilla
  • 3/4 tspn salt
  • 1/2 cup cream (or coconut cream which is what I used)
  • 3-4 drops caramel food flavoring
  • 1 drop brown GEL food coloring
  • 5 drops yellow GEL food coloring


  1. Place the sugar, salt and vanilla in a pot over high heat.
  2. Stir, stir, stir until the sugar mixture gets lumpy and brown-ish throughout.
  3. Add the cream and keep stirring.
  4. Stir for a long, long time until all the lumps dissolve and the caramel is all soft and smooth.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  6. With your largest decorating tip, press it into the top of each cupcake, creating a well.
  7. Fill each cupcake well with 1-2 teaspoons of caramel sauce.
  8. Replace “lids” of well holes.
  9. Mix caramel food flavoring and food coloring into the vanilla frosting until the color is consistent throughout. photo collage tutorial of how to make caramel apple cupcakes for fall
  10. Place star tip and frosting into your piping bag.
  11. With a swirl and twisting motion, ice each cupcake.
  12. Cut apple into 6 slices, then cut each of those in half, leaving you with 12 ½ slices of apples.
  13. Dip cut end (and about half of the slice) of each apple half-slice into the caramel sauce and place on top of a cupcake.
  14. Drizzle caramel sauce over each cupcake. photo collage tutorial of how to make apple cupcakes with caramel
  15. Enjoy!


You'll also need a star decorating tip and a piping bag.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 1g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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