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Apples Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and Honey Caramel

Apples & Honey Cupcakes- a sweet treat for Rosh Hashanah or any time!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12


  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups apples finely diced (Granny Smith work great for baking. I used Fuji since I had some on hand!) and dried well

  • Caramel Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

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  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Heavy cream as needed


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • First up, mix the brown and white sugar with the butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Then add the eggs and vanilla and combine.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add to the dough alternating with milk and combine. Do not over mix as to not over activate the gluten in the flour!
  • Then fold in diced apples. I made these with larger and smaller dice, so the choice is yours! The larger makes a chunkier appley cupcake, and the fine dice adds more of a cohesive apple flavor rather than texture.
  • Spoon into cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes until firm to the touch and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • While your cupcakes are baking, let’s work on the frosting and caramel. For the caramel, melt butter, sugar and honey over high heat and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the cream and whisk until your caramel is thick. Let cool before using on the cupcakes, and add more cream if it thickens up too much.
  • For the frosting, whip up the butter and cream cheese.
  • Then add in confectioner’s sugar and mix again. Finish with vanilla and cinnamon. Add a little cream if your frosting is too thick.
  • Frost and drizzle with caramel.
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