Candy Apple Cupcakes

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Ello, folks! I am so sorry for my posts being so far apart but life around here is just simply crazy. We are slowly getting back on track and today I wanted to share an amazing recipe I know you will LOVE, Candy Apple Cupcakes. How fun is that?!? These came out totally perfect in every way and I can’t tell you how much fun these are to make and eat. This is a fabulous spin on an old favorite. 

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Candy apples are a treat from days at the County Fair, or the Circus, or Boardwalk, and these cupcakes don’t disappoint!  You’ll love the sweet smooth apple-flavored cupcake, and the candy apple on top will bring back great memories of these delicious treats. 

candy apple cupcakes

Whether young or old, everyone loves candy apples.  You will be happy you made these because they’re a real stunner to serve to family or friends.  Pop this recipe in your favorites and save on Pinterest.

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How To Make Candy Apple Cupcakes

Below you will find a full recipe that you can print out or pin to Pinterest but I like to walk you through a couple of steps so that you can see just how easy these are to create yourself.

candy apple cupcakes

Below you will find the details on how to make the cupcakes themselves but I am going to walk you through making the apples.

Place a large piece of parchment paper on the counter, and butter the paper.  Wash the Apples, and dry with paper towels. Right before dipping in the hot glaze, cut the Apples in half, and place the top half on the parchment paper, including the stems. (place the bottom half of the apples in a plastic zip bag, and place in the refrigerator).

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In a heavy saucepan, place the 3 cups of sugar, corn syrup, and water, and bring to a rolling boil.  If you have a candy thermometer, the temperature should be about 300 degrees; if you don’t just boil the mixture for about 2 minutes, and then remove from the burner.  Add the red food coloring gel, and carefully stir the food coloring into the glaze; I recommend using a potholder so you don’t burn your hand.  You may need a little more than the 1/2 teaspoon of red gel to get the color a bright red.  Add more food coloring as needed to get the color desired.  Stir until the glaze is a bright red, and the ingredients are combined. 

You can simply pick up the Apple by the stem and dip them in the glaze, or, on the underside of the apple, stab the apple with a heavy fork, and dip the apple in the Glaze, then place the apple on the parchment paper for the glaze to set.  If you don’t want to dip the apple’s in the hot glaze, you can spoon it over the apples, but I’m not sure you’ll get the same effect.  Leave the apples for about 30 minutes for the glaze to set.  The glaze will harden, so I recommend pouring the leftover glaze into a plastic microwave-safe container before it cools.   You can melt the glaze in the microwave at a later time if you want to use it again, or if not, discard immediately after use.

Once you have your cupcakes made it simply is as easy as assembling the cupcakes. You will use the frosting recipe blow and the candy apple on the top. If you really want to add a beautiful effect, You can also pour some of the glaze out onto the Parchment paper in long strands to use for decorating the cupcakes. Place some sugar on the parchment paper before the candy coating, and it will make it easier to remove and give it a little sparkle. 

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