The Freshman Cook: Improv Cooking Challenge~Caramel Apple Cupcakes!

This is the first installment of The Improv Cooking Challenge! It is hosted by Sheryl of Lady Behind the Curtain. I am so excited to be a part of this fun challenge. It really is fun. It had me working overtime to decide what to create! But it’s fun work! Here’s how it works: Every month Sheryl will give you 2 different ingredients that you must create in a recipe. That’s it!! Easy! This months ingredients are caramel and apple. My recipe: Caramel Apple Cupcakes! I hope you like them!

 Caramel Apple Cupcakes


1 box Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix

1 cup Buttermilk

1/3 cup Vegetable Oil

3 large Eggs

1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

2 Granny Smith Apples

Caramel Frosting

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Sugar

1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1/2 cup solid Vegetable Shortening

1/2 cup Butter

4 cups Confectioners Sugar

2 tablespoons Milk

     Peel your apples.

Chop into mini bite size pieces.

Mix cupcakes according to ingredients listed above.

Add the chopped apples into the batter at the end.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Place sugar and 1/4 cup of water in a pan on medium high.

Let sugar dissolve and the liquid become clear.

Let the mix boil until the mix becomes amber color.

Take off heat  and mix whipping cream in.

Stir until smooth.

Set aside.

In a mixing bowl beat the vegetable shortening and butter.

Add the sugar 1 cup at a time.

Add all the caramel.

Mix in a little milk. Mix well.

Thank you Sheryl for hosting such a fun experience.

I really enjoyed this!

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