Caramel Apple Cupcakes
October 16, 2012
By:  Janet Eyring

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in shortening until fine crumbs are formed. Add eggs, milk, vanilla and spices. Beat at low speed for 1 minute, then high for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl frequently. Fold in apples.

Pour into greased cupcake pan or paper liners until 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small saucepan, cook the caramels and milk over low heat until smooth. Spread over cupcakes and sprinkle with pecans. Insert a Popsicle stick into the center of each cupcake.

*Alternately, you can use a spice cake mix and add the apples, and follow directions for baking on the cake mix box.