On Friday I was making cupcakes for my in-laws harvest dinner to end their first CSA season (get more info here). They had asked for about 4 dozen cupcakes but I of course planned to make more to take with us on our weekend adventures (I am hoping to post that tomorrow). The plan was to make Smores’, Caramel Apple, pumpkin and applesauce…all mini-cupcakes.
|My Smores, graham cracker crust with a chocolate cupcake mix. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs, topped with a marshmallow frosting and grated chocolate.|
I started around 730pm after a long day and intense workout by baking the the Smores. I was surprised that my batter made over 72 and because of the graham cracker crust i could go made another 2 dozen..I opted to make hubby a mini cake in my pampered chef mini pan! Once those were cooking I started the batter for the caramel Apple. I was also listening to the Crunch hockey game on the internet and watching Sabres on TV. Big Mistake!
As I pulled the last pan out of the oven, I noticed that I still had apples on the counter. Then it clicked….OMG I never added them to the batter.
I had planned to add the chopped apples to batter and then dip them in caramel, sprinkle nuts on them and add a stick – just like you would have with a caramel apple. So now I just had a yellow vanilla cupcake…hmm what's a girl to do? I decided to go to bed. I was so tired and I just need to sleep on it. No way was I going to make another 72 cupcakes and no way did I have the time.
The next morning after a good 6 hours of sleep (that's sleeping in for a mom!) and a cup of coffee, I had an amazing idea. I was going to make apple pie cupcakes.
I chopped up some apples and put them in a pan over medium heat. I added lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar. Once the apples were soft I added in the caramel topping and mixed together. I cut out part of the center of each cupcake and filled it with my apple mixture. Then I mixed up a simple powered sugar glaze and drizzled a little bit on each one.
So what do you think…look yummy (or as Rachel Ray would say Yumm-o!)?
I actually didn’t make enough apple filling. I took my remaining vanilla cupcakes and made Vanilla Nut Glaze cupcakes:
Are you hungry yet? I am…boy this is not helping my weigh loss attempts! This is how I displayed my cupcakes at the dinner:
There were not too many cupcakes left! Almost all the apple pie were gone! I am certainly going to try these again..I may try doing this with regular sized cupcakes! I will someday make the caramel apple ones (after all i do have the sticks). I have some other cupcake ideas I want to make…I wonder if they will also be cupcake adventures! Either way, remember to embrace your mistakes they could turn out to be the best thing ever.