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Aren't these so cute?  I saw them in a magazine someplace last week; wish I could remember which one it was!    Anyway, when there was a bake sale at school a couple days ago, it was the perfect excuse to make them!

You can make any kind of cupcake; I chose an applesauce cake recipe to go along with the look.  These also got a caramel filling, topped with caramel frosting, rolled in sprinkles, and then poked with a clean craft stick.

Mix up a batch of cake batter, either from scratch, or using a yellow, white, or spice cake mix: to make it applesauce cake, replace half the oil or butter in the recipe with twice as much applesauce (you can replace all the oil, but the cupcakes will be a little bouncy- fat adds tenderness).  For a 24-cupcake batch (same size as for a 9x13 pan full), also add 1 Tbsp. cinnamon.  If you have them (or like them!), you can also add a total of 2 teaspoons of other spices: ground cloves (go easy here!), nutmeg, ginger, and/or cardamom.  Bake as usual.  When cool, fill them if you like.  I used a sweetened condensed milk caramel (see Making Tres Leches Cake, second paragraph down), mixed with an equal amount of vanilla pudding to make it go further, since I was making 5 dozen.  Use whatever you like- homemade or jarred caramel sauce, butterscotch pudding, sweetened cream cheese (2 Tbsp. sugar per 8 oz. cream cheese), cream cheese frosting, or whatever sounds good with apple or caramel.
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Make a batch of caramel frosting (see second page here); leave the pan over low heat to keep it warm and soft.  If you want sprinkles on the edges, pour a layer about 1/4" deep in a wide bowl or on a plate.

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Dip the top of a cupcake in the warm caramel frosting.

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Let excess drip off for a couple seconds...

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then twist the cupcake so the drips end up on the frosted top.

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Put the cupcake on its side in the dish of sprinkles, then rotate it around to coat the edges all around.

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Set it on a tray for easy transporting, and insert a craft stick.


Done!  (Wasn't that awesome?)

 


Comments

Holly Fail
10/16/2011 07:25

These sound easy and yummy. I might try them for Jordyn's party in a couple of weeks.

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