I mean, look at these beauties.
They are gorgeous in their own ooey-gooey way. I’m not particularly a bourbon fan - for drinking, that is. As for baking - a thousand times YES! Bourbon compliments classic flavours like cinnamon and apples. This Bourbon Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe was made for some bourbon.
I was inspired by a cupcake that I had whilst on my ski trip to New Hampshire. It was supposed to be boozy, but there wasn’t any kick to be had. I was a little bummed, but I still loved the concept. It’s like an apple pie INSIDE of a cupcake!
Our local bourbon distillery started selling barrel-aged maple syrup too. It has a smokey, vanilla flavour that is complex and delicious. I’ll need to go get more. ASAP. It adds another dimension to these spicy cupcakes.
Bourbon Caramel Apple Cupcakes RecipeCourse: Uncategorized
12 plain cupcakes, recipe here
One batch of vegan caramel, recipe here
5 small apples, peeled and finely diced
1/2 c. pure maple syrup
2 tsp. cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg
1/4 c. bourbon
- To make this Bourbon Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe, in a medium-sized saucepan, place the diced apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and bourbon. Cook this mixture over medium heat and allow it to boil. Lower the heat; cook it down until it reduces, and the liquid thickens for about 15 minutes. Add another splash of bourbon and stir as you remove it from the heat. Set aside.
- In the meantime, or at the same time, if you are a good multi-tasker, make the caramel sauce. When it’s done, set it aside so it can thicken for a few moments.
- Using a fancy cupcake corer or a butter knife, core your cupcakes. Take a heaping tablespoon of the apple mixture and fill the cores. Pour the caramel on top.
- You can add a dollop of icing to the cupcakes and top with additional caramel or cinnamon sticks. These cupcakes are a crowd-pleaser - even those guys who don’t like sweets will indulge!