Happy Halloween!!! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays... Costumes, candy, pumpkins, and parties... Our weekend was filled with costume parties, haunted hayrides, apple cider, scary movies, and a spooky corn maze.
On Friday night, Jason and I were Sick & Tired. Jason did a great job acting and looking completely miserable and I just curled up on the coach during the party. Best last minute costume ever. Well, maybe posting pictures of fake throw-up on your foodie blog isn't the best idea, but there you have it.
Here are some pretty apples to get your mind off it. Anyways, costume parties means lots of goodies and these apple cupcakes are sure to be a hit at any halloween event. I made these for my little sissy's pumpkin carving party last weekend.
Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup flour
4 gala apples
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
6 tablespoons evaporated milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 24 cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350. Mix sugar, oil, lemon juice, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl by hand. (I have a weakness for hand mixed cakes... probably due to a tendency to reenact Anne Shirley weeping into her cake batter as a child.) Add baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir dramatically and thoroughly.
Slice apples and places in a food processor. Blend until apples are slightly mushy and shredded.
While you were blending those apples, your batter should have gotten delightfully fluffy. Another wonderful side effect of hand mixing your batter.
Mix apples and flour into batter. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners and fill cups 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add brown sugar and bring to a boil. Add evaporated milk and vanilla. Let bubble for 5 minutes or until thick and caramel-ly.
In a standing mixer, whip caramel and powdered sugar together until creamy.
Like so. Fill a frosting bag with your concoction and frost your cupcakes. I used Eat, Live, Run's cupcake frosting tutorial. Amazing stuff right here.
Top with colorful sprinkles, chopped nuts, or these jewel toned chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. Don your costume and delight your friends with these yummy cupcakes. Hope all of you have a very spooky halloween!
Note: Caramel Frosting adapted from Cooking Light.