“Apple of Your Eye” Apple Cider Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

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by Amber on October 22, 2012

One of the greatest gifts that has come from being a food blogger is the wonderful number of absolutely lovely people I now call friend. Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen is one of those friends.

My favorite thing about Kristan is her hilarious sense of humor. Every single post Kristan writes has me laughing out loud. The videos on YouTube of her pranking her son, Jon David, literally had me crying real tears. When I grow up, I want to be a mom just like her.

Today we celebrate our Cookbook Queen, and her beautiful baby girl due to arrive in about four weeks. I can’t wait to meet little Miss Ava Lucille, or as her mama is already calling her, Lucy. If there ever was a woman who loved sparkle and spice, and needed a little girl to share that with, it’s Kristan.

Kristan, I made these Apple Cider cupcakes for the newest Apple of your Eye. I did everything I could to channel your creative genius, using as much candy as I could to create a cute little topper for each cupcake. I hope I did you proud.

I am so happy for you, my friend. Congratulations to you and Jess, and Jon David too!


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HELEN October 22, 2012 at 4:43 AM

oh wow these cakes sound lovely…I love salted caramel…definitely bookmarking.

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Thanks, Helen! We really liked them.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets October 22, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Oh my these are so pretty!!! Love them.

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Thanks, sweet Aimee. I was doing my best to channel Kristan in all her adorableness.

TidyMom October 22, 2012 at 7:35 AM

you did a PERFECT job channeling your inner Kristan Amber! these are adorable!! and I could eat that frosting straight!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Thanks, Cheryl! Haha.. I *did* eat that frosting straight. WHY IS SALTED CARAMEL SO DARN GOOD?!

Aimee October 22, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Happy Baby Shower, Kristan! Amber makes the best cupcakes, I can attest to that. :)

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Awww, you’re the sweetest, Aimee. Thank you.

shelly (cookies and cups) October 22, 2012 at 8:07 AM

These turned out perfect!!!! SO creative :)

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Shelly, thanks so much for organizing all of us. I’m so glad we could come together to celebrate Kristan and Lucy this way.

Amy October 22, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Those toppers are the cutest!!! I have got to share them with my friends for back to school treats too. You’re so creative!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Aw, Amy, great idea! If I’d had my act together way back in September, these would have been a good idea for then too. They were a snap to put together. I think I actually spent longer at Party City trying to find all the various candies without having to buy giant bulk bags to get what I wanted.

leslie October 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

AMAZING! I would have never have thought to incorporate apple juice into a cupcake recipe!!! YUM

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Leslie, it’s funny – ever since I started working with Green Mountain Coffee, I find ALL sorts of recipe uses for the k-cup packs. I just love the apple cider k-cup packs because I can use them all year long whenever a recipe idea strikes me, rather than waiting for it to be apple cider season. I made this pork and kale hash a while back with them too.. just incredible.

Maria October 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Super cute cupcakes! Perfect for the baby shower!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Thanks so much, Maria!

Karly October 22, 2012 at 8:53 AM

These are super cute! I love that you thought to add candy to the cupcakes in her honor. Pretty genius! :)

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Karly, you can call me a genius annnnnytime you want to. Totally made my day!

Elizabeth Ann October 22, 2012 at 9:16 AM

These look amazing! I’m pinning them and I’m your newest follower! :-)

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Elizabeth Ann, thanks so much for your comment! Really glad to meet you. :)

heather October 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Adorable! I love those toppers!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Thanks, Heather! I’m pretty proud of those, because it’s VERY much outside my wheelhouse of expertise.

Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen October 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Those toppers are so darn adorbale!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Thanks, Katrina! I tried :)

Shaina October 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Kristan certainly has some sparkle and spice to pass on to Lucy. That’s why I love her. The little apple toppers! So cute.

Amber October 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

That’s exactly why I love her too, Shaina.

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

These are so totally gorgeous! I love the apple toppers–so stinkin’ cute!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Why thank you, Hayley! I’m glad you like them. I was totally intimidated by the toppers when I started, but they ended up being really easy.

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots October 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM

So cute!!! Perfect for Kristan’s fall baby girl. :D

Amber October 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Thanks, Caroline :)

Cookbook Queen October 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Amber I LOVE these!! Those toppers are just too perfect (although now I’m scratching my head, thinking…why didn’t I think of that??)

I am so glad to have gotten to know you, you are the sweetest and I’m lucky to call you a friend. THank you for making my morning so special!!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Kristan, I’m so glad you like them! You know this little candy-manipulation thing is way outside my wheelhouse, but I really had fun. Can’t wait to see little Lucy, friend! <3

Kristen October 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

These are so cute and so very Kristan!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Aren’t they SO Kristan? Haha.. definitely not my usual thing, but so fun to make.

Glory/ Glorious Treats October 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Oh these sound so delicious!! Such a sweet post! The “apple” gumball toppers are perfect!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Glory, thanks so much for your lovely comment. I’m really proud of those little apples, because I *never* do crafty stuff like that. :)

teresa October 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

These are adorable!
Love the little apples!
And the cupcake liners are so cute!
Delighted to meet you!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Thanks, Teresa! You too! Those cupcake liners are from the new range that Reynolds is doing where the colors are supposed to stay “true” – I got them at the regular grocery store.

bridget {bake at 350} October 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Love the candy toppers! So perfect for Kristan! :)

Amber October 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Thanks, Bridget :)

Leslie October 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

My husband’s birthday is Sunday and he loves this combination, GREAT timing! Quick question: for the frosting you can use 1 stick salted and 1 stick unsalted butter? Thank you for sharing and happy (virtual) baby shower, Kristan!

Amber October 22, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Hooray, Leslie! I’m excited for you to make these.

When it comes to the frosting, if you’re omitting the shortening, you would need to use 2 more sticks of butter. You could use at one salted stick, but I wouldn’t use more than that (so that’s 2 unsalted, 1 salted). Just remember that butter is nowhere near as room temperature stable as shortening, so keep these babies refrigerated until you’re ready to serve them.

Leslie October 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Ooooh now I understand, I didn’t read it carefully. I will have to invest in some shortening, thanks for your quick reply!

Joanne October 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

This looks like a perfect use for apple cider. I am sure Kristan will love this virtual baby shower present :)

Amber October 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Thanks so much for stopping by, Joanne.

Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 22, 2012 at 4:34 PM

So fun! Your “using as much candy as I could” comment was hilarious. Seriously. :)

You’re super creative to come up with those little apple toppers. So creative and cute.

Amber October 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Thanks, Erin. I did my best :)

Kate | Food Babbles October 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

These cupcakes are adorable!! The perfect thing for an autumn baby shower. Those toppers are the cutest finishing touch. Lovely!

Amber October 23, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Thanks so much, Kate! Can’t wait to hang out with you again this weekend.

Jamie October 22, 2012 at 7:43 PM

So cute, Amber! I am definitely impressed with your apple toppers! Well done, girl.

Amber October 23, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Thanks, my friend. You know how much this crafty stuff gives me anxiety. I’m glad they turned out so well.

D October 23, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Could these be cuter?! So much fun!

Amber October 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Aww, Darla, thank you! You’re so sweet to say so.

Delishhh October 23, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Those are just adorable!

Amber October 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Thank you, Ewa! :)

Katie | The Hill Country Cook November 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM

How completely gorgeous!! AND YOU MADE THE APPLES??!!! AWESOME!!
My husband would love these.

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