Carny Candy Apple Cupcakes

Now it’s time to talk about the beautiful, shiny, red Candy Apple Cupcakes. This recipe is exactly like the Caramel Apple Cupcakes (see yesterdays post), just a little different at the end. Here we go…

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Apple Cupcakes:

  • 1 box of Spice Cake
  • 1 Apple (we used a beautiful red Honey Crisp, but you’re free to use whatever apple calls your name)


  • 1 Cup of Crisco
  • 1 Cup of butter
  • One 2 lb bag of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla coffee creamer (Vanilla extract will work just fine in place of creamer)

Candy Apple Topping Needs:

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Corn Syrup
  • ¼ plus 1/8 Cup water
  • Red Food Coloring (optional)

For these cupcakes, follow the baking instructions and the buttercream instructions that we used for the Caramel Apple Cupcakes. Stop when you get to the caramel part. If you’ve gone past that, back it up a little and hold your horses. Instead of dipping these guys in caramel, we’re gonna go a different direction.  Instead we’ll drizzle them with a classic red hard candy. This goes perfectly with the apple spice cake and give the cupcake a little unexpected (and welcome) crunch.


Candy Apple Topping Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine all your ingredients and bring to a boil on high heat. Once it hits a boil, back your heat down to medium and simmer until the candy reaches 300 degrees, or “hard ball” stage. This should take roughly 15 minutes.  Now CAREFULLY drizzle your candy topping over the iced cupcakes. As Krista found out, this can get dangerous, and she has the blisters on her hand to prove it. Hot candy dripping onto your skin is bad news bears, so really- be careful!


Just like with the Caramel Apple Cupcakes, we played around with the drizzling part.  Feel free to dip some,  do whatever works for you! We also dunked a couple of them into the chopped nuts, but that’s totally optional, ‘cause they’re good either way.  Let these guys set for about 10 minutes to harden up. These are best served the day of baking. If you need to store them, that’ll work too, though. Store them in an airtight container, but don’t be alarmed if some of the candy coating sweats down the side of the cupcake overnight. Don’t worry if this happens- the cupcake will still taste fine! Just clean up the sides a little with the paper towel and dig in!

good looking group

Hopefully these cupcakes will bring back some good memories of summer nights filled with lemon shake ups, sugary candy and caramel apples at the carny! Enjoy!

Carny Kids for Life,

Kelsey & Krista

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