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Caramel apples are one of our favorite treats, but let’s face it: They’re a real pain to make. Spending hours scrubbing caramel off our countertop is not exactly our idea of a fun afternoon. These caramel apple cupcakes, on the other hand, are not only a breeze to bake but they might just be more delicious than the original.

What You Need:
For the cupcakes
 - 1 package cake mix
 - 1 teaspoon cinnamon
 - ½ teaspoon nutmeg
 - ¼ teaspoon allspice
 - ¼ teaspoon cloves
 - 1 stick softened unsalted butter
 - 3 eggs
 - 1 cup buttermilk
 - 2 tablespoons apple butter
 - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 - 1 cup peeled, cubed apples

For the icing
 - 2 sticks softened unsalted butter
 - 8 ounces cream cheese
 - 6 cups powdered sugar
 - ¾ cup caramel sauce

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Mix gently with a fork.

Step 2: Mix the butter, eggs, buttermilk, apple butter and vanilla extract in a separate bowl with a hand mixer. 

Step 3: Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well before folding in the apple cubes. 

Step 4: Scoop the batter into a lined cupcake tin and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.

Step 5: While the cupcakes are in the oven, use a mixer to combine the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and caramel sauce for the frosting.

Step 6: Frost the cupcakes and top with a few drips of caramel sauce. 

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Additional Reporting by Abby Hepworth

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