Who can resist a tempting and gooey caramel treat? This recipe from Edward Hayden is will prove hard to say no to!

"A perfect treat for this time of year, when a bit of indulgence is necessary"

- Edward Hayden

Yield: Makes 15-18


For the muffins:

225g/8oz butter

- 225g/8oz caster sugar

- 3 large eggs

- 200g/7oz Carnation boiled caramel, available in supermarkets

- 225g/8oz self-raising flour

- 1 medium-sized cooking apple, grated

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For the icing:

- 75g/3oz softened butter

- 350g/12oz icing sugar

- 75g/3oz Carnation boiled caramel, available in supermarkets

For the garnish:

- Melted chocolate

- Chopped nuts

- Carnation boiled caramel, available in supermarkets

- Highbank Orchard apple syrup or honey


Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4. Line muffin trays with cases.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the eggs and caramel.

Slowly incorporate the self-raising flour into the butter and egg mixture. Gently mix in the grated apple and beat thoroughly.

Transfer the mixture into the lined muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes until the cupcakes are cooked or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin and then invert onto a wire tray and allow to cool.

When the cupcakes are cool, remove a small amount from the center of the cupcake and fill with any remaining caramel from the tin using a piping bag.

Meanwhile, begin by making the butter icing. Cream together the softened butter and caramel with the icing sugar until light and fluffy and then pipe (using the same piping bag) on top of the cake.

To decorate, drizzle the cupcakes with some melted or grated chocolate and some apple syrup or honey and garnish with some roughly chopped walnuts or almonds.

TIP: The Highbank Orchard apple syrup is a great store-cupboard staple. Drizzle it over desserts and salads.

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* Originally published on Food and Wine Ireland.