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Apple Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes: A Switched-Up Recipe

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How I Came This Cupcake Recipe

When I was in my twenties, and I was living as the woman of the house for the first time, I had to learn to cook. And what I realized was that I was a natural. Anything I tried to cook or bake usually turned out better than I thought it would.

Eventually, I started trying new recipes all the time. However, instead of going by the basics of that recipe, I would add things for extra taste, or I would take things out if I didn’t like the ingredient or think the dish needed it. Basically, I would take a recipe and revamp it until it was my own personal recipe.

Through the years, I got braver, and it’s been easier for me to do this. I look at the ingredients, and almost automatically, I will have other additions or subtractions ready to try. So, for example, I can take a regular Hamburger Helper Lasagne box and turn it into something completely different in taste and in the way it looks.

Today, I decided to experiment. I’m going to take a basic recipe, and with substitutions, make it my own. My main ingredient for this will be apples since I have some apples that need to be eaten or baked.

Now, what can I make with apples? I thought about it and decided on cupcakes. Of course, when you think of apples, you think of apple pie, apple strudel, and apple cake. However, today, it’s going to be apple cupcakes.

Over the years, I have become a big cupcake maker. My kids love my cupcakes. When my daughter was in elementary school, she would have me make cupcakes for all occasions; her birthday, every holiday, and the end of the school year celebrations. I made every type of cupcake, it seems. However, I haven’t made an apple. I also made cute decorations, but for this recipe, I don’t think I will. That’s going to be the fundamental part; simple decorations. I hope all of you don’t mind?

Let’s get started. I’m going to gather my ingredients now. First, I will list the essential cupcake recipe ingredients, and then I will list my changes to show you what I have added and subtracted.


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55 min

Serves 24


  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup caramel macchiato creamer
  • 1/3 cup margarine melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups red apples, peeled and chopped

Comparison: Basic Cupcake Recipe

For comparison purposes, these are the ingredients for basic cupcakes. You can compare this list to the one above to see what I've added, subtracted, or modified.

  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

As you can see, I’ve added an extra egg, reduced the milk, and added creamer. I changed the all-purpose flour to self-rising, just because my mom taught me to be lazy like that. You don't need to add any salt or baking powder if you use self-rising flour. I used margarine because I like margarine better than butter. I’ve added cinnamon and of course apples. Most recipes call for Granny Smith, but I like to use Red Washington.



  1. The first step to any baking is to preheat your oven and get your pans ready. For these cupcakes that will make approximately 24 cupcakes, I took out two muffin pans of 12 count and lined them with cupcake liners. Then I turned my oven on to 350 degrees.
  2. I’m now going to grab 2 large bowls out of the cabinet. In the first bowl I’m going to mix the eggs, the milk, the creamer, melted margarine and vanilla extract.
  3. In the second bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. Add the second bowl mixture to the egg mixture.
  5. Stir in your chopped apples. Stir until just wet don’t overmix.
  6. Fill your lined cupcake tins half full and stick the cupcakes in the oven to cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick will slide in and out clean.

Baking Tips

When your toothpick comes out clean, your apple caramel macchiato cupcakes are done. I have a few tips:

  • If you use more chopped apples than the recipe calls for the batter will not rise the way you want, so my first tip is; stick to the 2 cups, even maybe a little less.
  • I chopped my apples, but looking at mine; I think I would have rather grated my apples.
  • Depending on the caramel taste you want, you may want to substitute the half-cup of milk for a complete cup of caramel macchiato creamer.

Caramel Macchiato Icing

Now it's time to let the cupcakes cool and while that is taking place, mix up some yummy buttercream with caramel macchiato icing...


  • 1/2 stick Crisco
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 4 cups sifted 10x white powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons caramel macchiato creamer


Stir the ingredients until they are mixed, smooth and creamy.

Baking Tips

  • I use a Ziploc sandwich bag and snip off a corner. This serves well as an icing bag.
  • Do not pour the caramel macchiato creamer in all at once. Start with a tablespoon and only add to consistency.
  • A little dribble of vanilla could be added for taste as well.

How Do They taste?

The task is finished, and I have tried one of my cupcakes. I think they are delish!!! My apple cupcake is not too sweet and leaves room for my buttercream frosting to be a little on the sweet side. They mix well. Not too sweet, just the right sweetness for an apple cupcake.

It would be a delight if you would like to try this recipe yourselves and give me some feedback.

And in keeping with my niche here on Delishably, I will write a little poem about my creation.

© 2015 Missy Smith


Missy Smith (author) from Florida on July 27, 2015:

Thank you so much peachpurple. I'm so glad you enjoyed this Hub. :)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 27, 2015:

i voted 5 stars for you and I love the short poem, nice photos too

Missy Smith (author) from Florida on July 24, 2015:

I don't really know how Gala apples would change the taste, much as I didn't know how red would be. I usually use Granny Smith for baking. But, this was all about experimentation and how I like to do so. I had red apples that needed to be eaten, so I thought; why not! I would just say, try gala could be wonderful, mine were a hit at my house.

I also would like to note in the ingredient section, make sure you use the ingredients under the part that says my additions and subtractions. I think I need to find a better way to seperate that part. My purpose was to show how I always just add my own things to a basic recipe for fun. I'm happy to report most things have turned out tasty. :) thanks for reading Dream On.

DREAM ON on July 23, 2015:

You have made my mouth water. I love apples and I will have to give your recipe a whirl. I love Gala apples if I used them how would they change the taste? Creativity is one of the most amazing gifts.Anyone who can think outside the box can make anything possible.

Missy Smith (author) from Florida on July 20, 2015:

Thanks Dana. It was just an off the top of my head thing to write about. I wanted to make something out of some apples that were still in a bowl on the counter; my kids love cupcakes. I've made all kinds, but couldn't say I'd made an apple one before, so I took the basic cupcake recipe and put some other things in, and took some other things out to make it simple. Thanks, I had fun! I like trying to be creative with my own photography too. It was an enjoyable spur of the moment project. :)

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on July 20, 2015:

This sounds yummy! I love to bake and often look for new recipes to try. I will let you know how mines come out. Thanks for sharing.

Missy Smith (author) from Florida on July 19, 2015:

I actually concocted this idea and recipe at the same time. So, I was baking and jotting down notes. I didn't know how they would turn out. lol..But, they are just about gone here, and I made them the day before yesterday.

My mother actually has diabetes Faith, and she has eaten more than a few. I have to get on to her. lol.

The creamer is just the flavored creamers you find in the refrigerated area of your local grocery store. The kind you can add to coffee. They're several brands; International Delights, Baileys, Coffee Mates. Honestly, the Bailey's brands of creamers are the best. Well, in my opinion.

If you bake some up for your grand kids let me know how they turn out. I'm actually going to go back and put vanilla flavoring down for the icing. I put just a dribble in mine besides the creamer in place of the milk. I don't think it needs it though. As always, thanks for the comment. Many blessings to you and yours! :)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 19, 2015:

Oh, yum! Missy this is certainly a mouth-watering recipe here for cupcakes. I have never heard of caramel macchiato creamer, but is sounds divine. I will have to save this recipe and try it when my darling grands come up. They love cupcakes, as do I, but for health reasons I must abstain for a bit : ) ...sadly, but I won't keep them from enjoying.

I love your delightful poem there at the end and how you add your creative touches to your photos.

Thank you for sharing this gem of a recipe so creatively!

Missy Smith (author) from Florida on July 19, 2015:

Let me know if you try the recipe sometime. Thanks Frank! :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 18, 2015:

thanks for your insight on the recipe and then the actual easy to follow recipe for apple caramel macchiato....

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