Wednesday was my mom's birthday and I made her caramel apple cupcakes and a Kitchenaid mixer cover (more on that another day since I have yet to take a photo of it).
The cupcakes were apple cinnamon, filled and frosted with caramel cream cheese frosting, and a caramel drizzle on top.
I used the cake recipe and caramel recipe from here by the girls from DC Cupcakes with one change, I added a couple dashes of nutmeg. The cakes were a breeze to make but the caramel took FOREVER, or maybe it just seemed that way because I had a 19 month old sitting on my feet ramming my toes with the oven drawer. The sauce turned out amazingly good but I highly recommend making it when the kiddos are sleeping or not home. It also takes longer than 20 minutes to fully thicken. I ended up using mine while it was still a little runny because I was tired of being in the kitchen and just wanted the cupcakes finished. It still tastes just as good whether runny or thick.
The recipe for the frosting is the vanilla cream cheese frosting by the DC cupcake girls as well, but with 4T of the caramel sauce mixed in at the end. I could have licked the bowl the frosting was so tasty.