Autumn seems to bring out the best in me and a recipe that always comes to mind this time of the year is Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting (gluten free recipe included). Let me tell ya, the aroma in your whole home will be intoxicating as these cupcakes bake in the oven. What a perfect way to usher in fall.
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In our neck-of-the-woods, the past few days have been the perfect fall weather. The sun has been shining and farmers are busy harvesting their crops. Pumpkin decor abounds and the nights have been crisp and cool with temperatures down in the upper 30’s. Welcome fall! How I love thee.
Last night I was thinking about an annual Apple Festival held every year in a neighboring little town. The Apple Festival encompasses a variety of interest. Everything from food, crafts, rides, a parade and an antique car show. Since I was thinking about all things “apple” I decided to make these applesauce pecan cupcakes. Perfect for a bonfire/wiener roast my parents are hosting at their farm tonight.
You can make applesauce pecan cupcakes using wheat flour or gluten-free flour blend. The gluten-free version will be slightly more crumbly than a batch made with regular wheat flour, however, they are every bit as delicious!
I absolutely love the combination of apple and pecans and the caramel frosting is the perfect finishing touch! Feel free to pipe the icing onto each cupcake, or keep things simple and rustic and spread the icing on.
To make this yummy homemade caramel frosting I suggest you use Bakto Natural Caramel Flavor which is Natural, Kosher, Gluten-Free, and GMO-Free. There is a great Bakto Flavors Natural Sweet Brown Collection (includes Caramel, Ginger, Coffee, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Hazelnut).
My mind is going crazy right now just thinking of all of the great recipes I can create with these flavorful combinations!
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