This easy Caramel Apple Cupcakes recipe combines apple cupcakes from scratch with a homemade caramel buttercream frosting to take it over the top and get you ready for all things fall!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
Mix flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
Add eggs, vanilla extract, sour cream, applesauce and butter.
Mix on medium speed just until combined and smooth. Be careful not to over mix.
Stir in chopped apples.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
Bake 17-19 minutes.
Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, then move to cooling rack to finish cooling.
To make the buttercream, cream butter and shortening until smooth.
Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until creamy.
Add caramel and mix again until creamy.
Add remaining powdered sugar and mix one more time until smooth and cream.
Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and a drizzle of caramel.