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Apple pie cupcakes with salted caramel sauce

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  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Vegetarian

Complete with vanilla buttercream, these melt-in-your-mouth apple pie cupcakes have a fun apple pie surprise filling. 

  • Makes12
  • Cook time25 minutes
  • Prep time30 minutes, + cooling & chilling time
Apple pie cupcakes with salted caramel sauce


  • 2 1/3 cups (375g) self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 2 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs, lightly whisked
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 1/2 x 410g can apple slices in juice, drained, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup Salted Caramel Sauce* (see recipe below)

Vanilla buttercream

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 3 cups (480g) icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Nutritional information

Per cupcake: Energy: 2941kJ/704 Cals (34%), Protein: 6g (12%), Fat: 35g (50%), Sat Fat: 23g (96%), Sodium: 307mg (15%), Carb: 94g (30%), Sugar: 70g (78%), Dietary Fibre: 1g (3%).

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 12-hole, 1/3 cup (80ml) muffin pan with paper cases. Combine flour and sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the milk and eggs and stir until just combined. Add butter and stir to combine. Divide the mixture among paper cases. Bake for 20-25 mins or until a skewer inserted in centres comes out clean. Set aside in pan for 5 mins before transferring the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

  2. Step 2

    To make the vanilla buttercream, use an electric mixer to beat the butter in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add the icing sugar, in batches, and beat until well combined. Add the vanilla and beat to combine.

  3. Step 3

    Combine the apple, cinnamon and ginger in a medium bowl. Stir in 2 tbs salted caramel sauce.

  4. Step 4

    Use a small sharp knife to cut the top off each cake and reserve. Use a small spoon or melon baller to scoop out the centre of each cake to make a small hole. Fill with apple mixture. Top with the reserved cupcake tops to enclose the filling.

  5. Step 5

    Transfer buttercream to a piping bag fitted with 1.5cm fluted nozzle. Pipe buttercream over top of each cupcake. Place in fridge for 10 mins to set. Drizzle with the remaining caramel sauce.

    *This recipe requires a cup of our Salted Caramel Sauce.

Recipe tip

Use it up:
You’ll have canned apple slices left over. Use them to top porridge or serve with yoghurt.

Clever storage: While they’re best enjoyed freshly baked, keep leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.