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Caramel Apple Pie Cakes

Caramel Apple Pie Cakes

Recipe shared by:Duncan Hines

There are too few bite-sized pies in the world, don’t you think? Introducing a decadent caramel-filled cupcake with serious apple pie flavor! Problem solved.

  • Hands-on Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 80 Minutes
  • Servings: 24 Cupcakes
  • Difficulty: EASY

Ingredients

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Decadent Apple Caramel Cake mix
  • 1 can Comstock Apple Pie filling
  • 1 can Frosting Creations Frosting Starter
  • 1 Frosting Creations Apple Pie Flavor Mix
  • Caramel Filling (enclosed in the Decadent Apple Caramel Cake Mix)
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Oil or Melted Butter
  • Cake:
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Oil

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place 24 paper liners in muffin pan(s).
  • Combine cake mix with water, oil and eggs in large bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pan(s).
  • Bake 17 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.
  • Cut a shallow circle from the top of each cupcake, leaving a ¼-inch border around the cake. (This border is the pie crusts.)
  • Fill circles evenly with apple pie filling.
  • Blend frosting and caramel in medium bowl. Pipe frosting across apples to form a lattice and around the edges to form crust.
  • Baking Tip: This recipe is also delicious made with Duncan Hines® Comstock Caramel Apple Pie Filling & Topping.

Tips & Inspirations

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You didn’t spend all that time decorating your mini-cupcakes to have them ruined in transport. Use an egg carton to ensure they make it to your destination just as you intended.

Avoid a “Pinterest fail” when making Spring Velvet Swirl Cupcakes by using individual piping bags for each batter.

To make crystallized honey liquid again make it liquid again, place the honey jar in a container that allows water to move around it freely. Run under a hot water tap (shaking occasionally) until the crystals have melted.

Reuse jelly, pickle or mason jars to keep your cupcake liners and icing tips clean and collected.

Whenever grating chocolate on a cheese grater always hold the chocolate cube with the palm of your hand not your fingertips. This method will protect your finger tips from getting nicked.

If there are nuts in your dessert, always try to garnish with the nut that is in the mixture. This is a way to inform your guests that are sensitive to certain foods.

Make chocolate mint leaves as a garnish: Rinse and dry your mint leaves dip the base or half from stem to tip and let dry on wax paper or parchment.

When dusting items with powdered sugar always dust them on a piece of wax paper away from the final display to prevent dusting outside the intended area. The excess powdered sugar is collected by the paper and easily transferred to a storage container.

Make sure to fully cool cupcakes before icing to prevent the icing from melting.

A paint brush can soften the points on your piped designs. Just dip the paint brush in water and shake off the excess.

When piping fine detail use a fine tip in a piping bag to achieve realistic results.

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