Apple Caramel Cupcakes with COOL Whip Cream Cheese Frosting, #CoolWhipFrosting

Guess what we did today?
We went to the Amazing Maze farm for some family fun and the pumpkin patch. This was the first time that we went to the pumpkin patch as a family, usually it’s just the little guy and I. We love it when daddy gets a day off so we can have fun as a family. Today, I decided to take a break from school work and just have a family day.

We had so much fun on the farm, but I will share the rest in another post. We did a hay ride, a cow ride (not what you think), we fed some horses and cows and ran around the pumpkin patch. It was the first time that the little guy saw live farm animals up close and got a chance to feed them. We had a great day and when we got home, I made us all a special treat. It’s not often that we get a day as a family. I know it doesn’t seem like much to be excited about, but we like to celebrate our family days together.

I have to make a confession…I am in love with store-bought frosting. I’ve used boxed cake mix and brownie mix before and I liked it. I even have some favorites. This was the first time that I used store-bought frosting. I loved it! I have been taking bites of this frosting and dipping apples and strawberries in it, even after the cupcake.

I found this frosting while shopping at WalMart. There are three different kinds: vanilla, cream cheese and chocolate. I got vanilla and cream cheese to try and I am definitely going back for the chocolate!

Apple Caramel Cupcakes

1 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup of sugar
1 3/4 cup of cake flour
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup of whole milk
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp Apple Pie Spice
Puree from 1 large apple (skin and grate the apple)

COOL Whip Cream Cheese Frosting

Top off with Caramel

Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease the muffin pan and line with cupcake liners.

1. Cream the butter in the mixer on medium speed. Slowly add the sugar, cream until light and fluffy.

2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. Sift the flour, Apple Pie Spice, salt and baking powder together. Add half the flour mixture, beat on low until just mixed. Add the apple puree, milk and vanilla. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just mixed.

4. Fill the cups 3/4 full. Bake for 17-20 minutes, until the toothpick, inserted in the center, comes out clean.

5. Cool completely before frosting. Frost the cupcakes with COOL Whip Cream Cheese frosting and drizzle with caramel.


That is one, happy cupcake face!
There will be a #CoolWhipFrosting Twitter Party on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 1pm EST. Stay tuned for the link up details!
If you want to learn more about this new COOL Whip Frosting, check out their Facebook. Check out HERE for Kraft recipes!
I think you should try my suggestion of using this light and creamy frosting on fruit :)
Cupcakes were amazing though!
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  1. Looks great…must taste yummy by the look on the face of that little guy!

  2. oh my, i think i just drooled all over my keyboard…. i’m totally pinning these! :)

  3. Inspired by Family says:

    Yum, I love all things apple!

  4. Tonia@thegunnysack says:

    That looks outstanding! I keep seeing all of these great recipes with the cream cheese flavored frosting and I couldn’t find it!

  5. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Oh no! Hopefully they were just out.
    Thank you!

  6. Rachel@ BubblyNatureCreations says:

    These are really amazing!!!

  7. Yummy cupcakes, creamy cool whip cream cheese frosting and apples? Now I’m sunk :) Looks like the perfect end note to a great family day! So glad you were able to spend fun time together!

  8. Cool Whip Frosting – yum!

  9. Love this!! I wish I could have found the cream cheese – when I do I’m making these! :)

  10. Wow! These look so good that I just want to reach through and grab one(:

  11. Stephanie says:

    Wow this looks SO good, i will have to try this soon!

  12. says:

    Looks like a great day at the pumpkin patch! These cupcakes look wonderful! I’ve never seen Cool Whip frosting, but I’m on a mission now!

  13. Kayla Domeyer says:

    I cannot get over how amazingly delicious this looks. I am ALL about apples this season, but here in MI the season was awful. Apple cider is up to $8.50 a gallon from the local growers. With this recipe, I might be able to sneak in some out-of-state apples without anyone noticing. AND have a delicious treat!! If you have a minute, I’d love for you to link up to Sweet Sharing Monday –

  14. I always look forward to your recipes—and this one is no exception :) Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

  15. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Awww, thank you Carrie!! So sweet :)

  16. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Oh no, hope you will be able to get some cider and apples! Hope you like them :)

  17. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Thank you, it really was!

  18. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Thank you so much!

  19. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Won’t this just be perfect if you could?!
    Thank you!

  20. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Oh no! Keep looking, it great :)
    Thank you!

  21. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Thanks, it really is :)

  22. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Thank you, Terri!

  23. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Thanks, Rachel!

  24. I would love if you shared this on the CSI Project this week. The challenge is fall food and this is perfect. You can come by everyday for a new tutorial/recipe and then on Wednesday night you can link up. You just might win the challenge and there is a giveaway.
    Hope to see you there!!!

  25. Oh I love the idea of cool whip frosting! Had no idea they made this! I am so going to make some. Thanks for sharing. Found you on the LBTC link party.

  26. This looks great! I hope you will share this starting Wednesday night at The CSI Project. This week’s challenge is Fall Foods and this is perfect!
    Come on over! Each week is a new craft challenge and Food sometimes!

  27. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Thank you so much, I’m glad you girls love it! Can’t wait to tomorrow :)

  28. WillCookForSmiles says:

    Thank you ;)

  29. These look so yummy!

  30. I want a happy cupcake face, too! Lol!! I will definitely be making these tonight! :)

  31. Those look so good. I am going to try these soon. I love caramel.

  32. I think I gained 5lbs just reading this post. YUMMY!

  33. Charlene@APinchofJoy says:

    It is wonderful to have family days when everyone can have fun together! The cupcakes sound like a perfect ending! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  34. I can’t wait to get to the store to look for that frosting!!!! Sounds like the perfect day, ending with THE perfect dessert! Thanks for linking up to Iron Chef Mom!

  35. Oh wow, your cupcakes look amazing!


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