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Dessert Recipes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Shredded apple, pecans and a drizzle of caramel upgrade a spice-cake mix into a harvest treat that’s sure to impress.

Serving Size:


Active Time:

15 min.

Total Time:

35 min.


  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (16.5 oz.) pkg. spice cake mix, such as Duncan Hines
  • 1 apple, peeled and shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1 (16 oz.) pkg. cream cheese frosting
  • 1 cup thick caramel sauce


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line two 12-well cupcake pans with paper liners. Reserve 1 Tbs. chopped pecans.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, omitting oil and adding shredded apple and remaining pecans. Divide batter evenly among cupcake liners. Bake 18 min. or until done. Let cool completely.
  3. Spread or pipe frosting evenly over cupcakes; drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with reserved pecans. Garnish as desired.

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