Thursday 29 October 2015

Halloween Toffee Apple Cupcakes

Halloween toffee apple cupcakes by Caroline Makes

It was announced at work yesterday that we were going to have a bake sale - today. A bit short notice for my liking but I really wanted to make something! I didn't have time to buy any extra ingredients so had to make do with what I had at home (and one thing I picked up in M&S at the train station) - but this is me after all. I had plenty of stuff at home!

I decided cupcakes would be quickest and easiest and I could decorate them with different Halloween toppers. I was originally going to make chocolate cakes but decided to use a flavour combination that you get a lot at this time of year: toffee apple.

I decided to go with a basic recipe and then add my flavourings and see how it turned out; the result was a light, bouncy cake with both flavours definitely coming through.

Toffee Apple Cupcakes - an original recipe by Caroline Makes

175g butter
175g caster sugar
3 eggs
175g apple sauce
175g Carnation caramel
175g self-raising flour

to decorate:
400g icing sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
assorted coloured fondant and mini cookie cutters
I also used Marks & Spencer meringue ghosts to decorate - you can easily make your own but I didn't have time

Preheat oven to 175C.

Cream the butter and sugar and add the eggs, the mix in the apple sauce and the caramel.

Finally fold in the flour.

Spoon into cake cases - I had some Halloween ones left over from last year. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until cooked but still springy to the touch.

Allow to cool. When the cakes are cool, decorate them however you wish.

I made up some royal icing for another recipe, by  whisking egg whites and cream of tartar with the icing sugar, and spread this on top of several of the cupcakes.

I sat the M&S meringue ghosts on top of some of the cupcakes, and for others used black fondant and a mini cookie cutter to cut out bat shapes. I also moulded a skull and some pumpkins from white fondant that I coloured orange and green. I made a monster's head with the rest of the green fondant.

I am sending these to the blog challenge Food 'n' Flix, hosted this month by Elizabeth at the Lawyer's Cookbook, as the film she has chosen is perfect for Halloween - Hocus Pocus.

I'm also sending this to the Food Year Linkup, hosted by Charlotte's Lively Kitchen, as she welcomes recipes that fit to the time of year or topical events that are happening.

Food Year Linkup October 2015
Finally I am sharing these with Treat Petite, hosted by Stuart at Cakeyboi and Kat aka the Baking Explorer. Their theme is black and orange, or anything Halloween related.


  1. Sounds like you did a great job at short notice! Strangely, I made a toffee-apple flavoured cake and took it into work today..... must be the season!!!!
    Those meringue ghosts are way too cute. They top the cakes perfectly!

  2. Very cute, and the selection of toffeed apple is brilliant.

  3. Wow, you hit the jackpot...taking care of three club posts and a bake sale in one fall swoop. Congrats...these cupcakes are perfect!

  4. toffee apple cupcakes! I want one and you went all out on the decoration!

  5. Those meringue ghosts are too cute. I don't know if we have those in the states. I've never seen them. I think you did great on such short notice on the bake sale!

  6. Love this flavour combination - yummy! those M&S meringue ghosts are super cute too - I'll have to keep a look out for the next Halloween.

    Thanks for joining #FoodYearLinkup x

  7. I love the flavour combination! Toffee apple - YUM! Thanks for entering into Treat Petite.

  8. Toffee apple is one of the best flavors of the season, these sound tasty.

  9. Loving those meringue ghosts! Never saw them up here, must keep an eye out next year. Thanks for taking part in Treat Petite!

  10. Having serious toffee-apple cupcake love here! I love those 'ghostie' meringue toppers--they are so cute--but your homemade fondant toppers are equally adorable. Great job!


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