The combination of apples, nuts, caramel, and cream cheese make these gluten-free Creamy Caramel Apple Cupcakes the perfect treat. No need to frost these cupcakes, they have caramel & cream cheese baked into the center.
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour, see NOTE
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium apple, peeled and shredded
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
12 caramels, unwrapped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup sugar, gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, apple sauce, vanilla and 2 eggs. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir to combine.
Grate one apple, and stir into cupcake batter.Line 12 cavity cupcake pan with paper-liners. Divide the cupcake mixture evenly between the 12 cups. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, 2 Tbsp sugar and egg yolk. Do not over-mix, you do not want the mixture to become runny. Top the cupcake batter with about 1 Tbsp of the cream cheese mixture.
Form each caramel with your hands, until you have a cylinder shape. Push the caramel into the cream cheese mixture on top of the cupcake.
Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the top of the cupcakes.
Bake cupcakes in preheated oven for 23-25 minutes.Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes, before removing cupcakes to a wire cooling rack. Cool another 10 minutes. Best served warm.
The all-purpose gluten-free flour blend consists of 4 cups superfine brown rice flour, 1 1/3 cups potato starch (not flour), 2/3 cup tapioca starch. Combine all ingredients in a large zipper-top bag. Shake until well blended.
Recipe by The Baking Beauties at http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2011/06/gluten-free-creamy-caramel-apple-cupcakes.html