Gluten Free Caramel Apple Cupcakes

           
    As I was making these cupcakes my thoughts turned to my Mom.  This is fairly common when I am in the kitchen because that is where I learned many lessons from my Mother, and not just about cooking!  My Mom did pass on her love of cooking and her appreciation for good food; but also her willingness to learn, to take chances, and to try new things. As a girl she lost her Mother when she was 12 and her Father when she was 16.  After that the five siblings, the oldest being around 18, were left to look after each other.  My Mom's two sisters took on the job of cooking for the family, my Mom was responsible for the cleaning.  For this reason when my parents got married in 1963 my mom didn't know how to cook.      
  She was a very practical woman and trained as a nurse and she believed that you could do anything you set your mind to.  She bought cookbooks, followed the directions, and accepted advice from her Mother-in-law.  My parents accomplished a lot during their lives,  raised two children, moved from the city to establish a successful dairy farm, opened a Bed & Breakfast and Farm Vacation Home.  On a regular basis my Mom would cater groups of 20 and sometimes up to 50.  She loved gourmet cooking and was using whole grains, beans and lentils even before they were trendy. In between all that they loved spending time with family and friends, dancing, and traveling the world. Unfortunately my Mom has been gone for almost 25 years.  
While she was here my Mom taught me that I will survive what ever life throws at me and it will make me stronger; to enjoy this beautiful earth that we have been given, and to live each day to the fullest!
   
    So what does that have to do with Caramel Apple Cupcakes?  Not much, but (full disclosure) I wanted to make some stylish cupcakes for February in honour of Valentine's Day so I decided to make Gluten Free Red Velvet.  My Mom would always make red velvet cake in the shape of a heart when I was young.  I remember the icing was so good and she would decorate it with cinnamon hearts.  Mine didn't turn out so great; they looked lovely but they were a little dry.  My family was polite though, they said "Mmm, this icing is great!"  These Caramel Apple Cupcakes however, are amazing!     

 

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Cupcakes

  • 3 cups Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1/2 cup flax, ground
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/3 cups unsweetened applesauce
In a large mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add butter, eggs, vanilla, milk and apples. Stir until combined.  Fill muffin tins lined with cupcake papers.  Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.  Remove from tins and allow to cool completely.

 Caramel Sauce

Originally published on: Life, Love & Sugar   
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter.  Stir in sugar and cream until dissolved.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and boil for 3 minutes.  No more.  Store in fridge.  When cold this sauce is quite thick, for pouring warm to room temperature.  
Poke three holes in the top of each cupcake and drizzle some caramel sauce in.  Let soak in for about five minutes the top with whipped cream frosting.

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. caramel sauce, chilled
Whip cream until stif peaks form, beat in cold caramel sauce.  Pipe onto cupcakes, drizzle with room temperature caramel sauce.
 
             

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