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pumpkin molasses cupcakes with caramel apple frosting and fall sprinkles

Caramel Apple Frosting

A delicious Caramel Apple Frosting made from scratch that tastes like fall!
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Prep Time: 19 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Author: EmilyFabulous


  • stand mixer or hand mixer
  • microwave-safe bowl


  • 1 8 ounces cream cheese package, room temp
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¾ teaspoon apple flavoring (I used LorAnn brand)
  • 1/4 cup caramel (melted candy or from a jar)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream, room temp or warm
  • 6 cups confectioners powdered sugar


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, cream cheese, and shortening for about 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, incorporating fully before adding the next cup. Add the apple flavoring mix in.
    butter in mixer
  • For the caramel, if you are using caramel candy, unwrap 8-10 caramels and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and remove to stir. If it's needed, microwave for 20 more seconds until all of the caramel is melted together (careful, the bowl is hot!!). Make sure the heavy cream is room temp (or zap in the microwave for 15-20 seconds) and stir it into the caramel. You need the caramel to be pourable. If you are using caramel sauce from the jar, warm up in the microwave for about 20 seconds before adding the heavy cream and drizzling in.
    melted caramel for twix cookie recipe
  • With the mixer on low, drizzle the hot caramel into the frosting as quickly as you can. The caramel needs to be warm so it will melt into the frosting.
    caramel being mixed in to apple caramel frosting
  • Once everything is incorporated, remove the bowl from the mixer and place the frosting in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
    pumpkin molasses cupcakes with caramel apple frosting and fall sprinkles


  • Frost right before serving or store frosted treats in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. 

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