Caramel Apple Cupcakes!!!

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

This caramel apple cupcake recipe features two all-time favorite flavors to make moist, delicious treats!

40 min.prep time 1:25 total time
Makes 24 cupcakes

Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon apple pie spice*
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup Butter, melted
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/4 cup Half & Half
3 Eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded apple

Frosting

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 to 5 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half or Fat Free Half & Half
2 tablespoons Butter
2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and apple pie spice in medium bowl. Combine all remaining cupcake ingredients except apples in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Add flour mixture; stir until just moistened. Stir in apples.

Fill each prepared muffin cup with about 1/4 cup batter. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pans; cool completely.
Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 4 tablespoons half & half and 2 tablespoons butter in 1 1/2 quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved (4 to 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in enough powdered sugar for desired frosting consistency, adding additional half & half, if necessary. Stir in vanilla. Frost cupcakes.

* Substitute 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and a pinch of ground allspice.

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