Quick and Easy Delicious Caramel Apple Cupcakes made with a cake mix, Apples, Caramels, and pecans.

Today, I am reviewing a Gooseberry Patch cookbook.  You will find Everyday Recipes, Slow Cooker Recipes, and Cupcakes & Cookie Recipes in Gooseberry Patch Simple & Satisfying Cookbook.



Caramel Apple Cupcakes quick and easy using a cake mix

Since I was cooking the pregame meal for my son’s high school football team, I needed a couple of desserts to go with the meal I had planned.  This cookbook arrived at the perfect time.  I could not wait to make the Praline Brownies, Caramel Apple Cupcakes, and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes.  They were all super easy to make and turned out great.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes using a cake mix

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes quick and easy using a cake mix.

First Step:  Cake Mix

This recipe calls for a carrot cake mix, but I used a spiced cake mix.   It was delicious, but I am sure the carrot cake would be awesome too.

Second Step: Apples

  • Core and finely chop your apples.

What Apple Do You Use for Muffins?

Granny Smith apples are tart, which helps to balance the sweetness of the muffin.

Third Step: Bake Cupcakes

Fourth Step: Caramel

While the cupcakes are baking, combine the caramels and milk in a small saucepan over low heat.  Stir until melted and smooth.

To make it easier, try using Kraft Caramel bits.  You do not have to unwrap them which makes them perfect for baking.

Fifth Step: Drizzle

Six-Step: Pecans

Chop your pecans small.  I did not do a good job chopping the pecans.  If the pecans were smaller, they would stick better to the caramel.

Seventh Step: Craft Stick

Caramel Apple Cupcakes using a cake mix


Caramel Apple Cupcakes using a cake mix
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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Use a spiced cake mix to make these quick and easy Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, caramel apple, cupcake, easy dessert, easy recipe, fall baking
Servings: 1 cupcake
Calories: 3814kcal


  • 18 - 1/4 ounce Carrot cake I decided to use Spice Cake which was also delicious.
  • 1 cup Granny Smith apples cored, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 20 caramels unwrapped
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts finely chopped
  • 12 wooden craft sticks


  • Prepare cake mix according to package.
  • Stir in apples and cinnamon.
  • Fill paper lined muffin cups 2/3 cup full.
  • Bake 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Combine the caramels and milk in a small saucepan over low heat.
  • Stir until melted and smooth.
  • Drizzle caramel over cooled cupcakes, sprinkle nuts over top.
  • Insert a craft stick into center of each cupcake.
  • Makes a dozen if you are using JUMBO muffin tins.


Calories: 3814kcal | Carbohydrates: 575g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 161g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 3917mg | Potassium: 2812mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 392g | Vitamin A: 306IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 901mg | Iron: 27mg

Easy Praline Brownies

Praline Brownies

Praline Brownies

  • 22 -1/2 ounces package brownie mix
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Prepare brownie mix according to package directions.
  • Spread in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan that has been greased.
  • In a skillet over low heat, melt butter.
  • Add the brown sugar and pecans.
  • Heat until sugar dissolves.
  • Drizzle over brownie mix.
  • Bake 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Cool and cut into bars.
  • Keep refrigerated.  This recipe makes 12 regular cupcakes.

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes quick and easy using a cake mix.

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