Apple Caramel Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream {in a Jar}


This week is Teacher Appreciation week and Mother’s Day on Sunday  I recently shared a fun homemade gift idea over at Skip to My Lou that could work for either event.

Nothing says “appreciation” or “I love you” like a cupcake!!…….no wait, maybe that’s my hips! lol  ,  I’m pretty sure teachers and moms appreciate cupcakes too- it’s in the handbook, right next to apples and kisses. So I though, why not apple cupcakes!!

Apple Caramel Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

What you need for the cupcakes and frosting

  • Duncan Hines Apple Caramel Cake mix, follow directions right on the box for making cupcakes. (You can either spray your pans and bake with out liners, or remove liners later .)
  • Cinnamon Butter Cream (recipe below)

Cinnamon Buttercream

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons whipping cream (you can you milk, I just like whipping cream)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste (you can use vanilla extract, I just like fleck of vanilla in my frosting)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, milk and vanilla on medium low until smooth and combined (about 1-2 min), scrapping sides of bowl as necessary.
  2. Add cinnamon, then slowly add powdered sugar one cup at a time on low until combined, scrape sides of bowl.
  3. Increase speed to medium, and beat for 1 min.
  4. Add corn syrup and beat on med high for about 30 seconds, then increase speed to medium high and beat for about 1 minute.

Cupcakes in a jar would actually, make a great gift for , Mother’s Day, Secretaries Day  Graduations, Birthdays….just about anyone or any occasion.  I actually gave one to my daughter’s friend “just because” and she was in HEAVEN!   The joy of having a fork handy, ready to dig into a jar full of 3 layers of cupcakes and frosting!…What’s NOT to love?!

Homemade Gift Idea

Apple Caramel Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes

Apple Caramel cupcakes in a jar are super easy and are sure to be all the envy in the teacher’s lounge.

Cupcakes in a Jar

Cupcakes in a jar

What you need:

Lets get started:

cupcakes in a jar

start with dropping one cupcake inside the jar, then using your icing bag and tip, squeeze buttercream on top of cupcake………repeat until you have 3 layers. * I sprinkled a little cinnamon and sugar on the last layer of buttercream.

Now your ready to make it all look pretty!

Teacher appreciation cupcakes

  • add the fabric to the lid
  • wrap grosgrain ribbon around jar, and glue with hot glue
  • punch out free printable Thank You tag, and attach to ribbon with foam adhesive dots.
  • tie fork on with curly ribbon

That’s it ! You’re all set!

More Handmade Gift Ideas

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Monogramed Stenciled Canvas Bag

Mod Podge Frames

Etched Glass Bowl

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

These tasty cupcakes are just as good one by one the old fashioned way too! {wink}

So let’s hear it……do you have some great  handmade gift ideas?  Tell me about them in the comments or on the TidyMom Facebook page!

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42 Responses to “Apple Caramel Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream {in a Jar}”

  1. sweetsugarbelle posted on May 2, 2011 at 6:29 am (#)

    This is GORGEOUS, Cheryl!!! I LOVE this idea! PERFECT for Teacher’s APPRECIATION gifts…you are on a roll you inspired my latest cookie/cupcake topper set

  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite posted on May 2, 2011 at 6:29 am (#)

    Looks delicious!! Such a cute idea :)

  3. bridget {bake at 350} posted on May 2, 2011 at 7:33 am (#)

    So, so cute, Cheryl! And your pictures are beautiful!!!

  4. Lynn from For Love or Funny posted on May 2, 2011 at 8:32 am (#)

    YUM! I hope that someday I get a cupcake in a jar…

  5. Ashley posted on May 2, 2011 at 8:33 am (#)

    Thank you so much for sharing…I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!! This is going to be of my new favorite “Happy” to give!!!

  6. Amy | She Wears Many Hats posted on May 2, 2011 at 8:43 am (#)

    Such a cute idea!

  7. Cookbook Queen posted on May 2, 2011 at 9:19 am (#)

    Gorgeous!! And sounds so so yummy.

  8. Leah at JustCallMeBlessed posted on May 2, 2011 at 9:24 am (#)

    What a great and original idea! thanks!

  9. Paula posted on May 2, 2011 at 9:45 am (#)

    Fabulous Cheryl. These *in a jar* treats are the best idea to come along since superhero lunch boxes!

  10. Kristen posted on May 2, 2011 at 9:51 am (#)

    I’m so in love with these cupcakes in a jar, Cheryl. Such a brilliant idea!

  11. Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted on May 2, 2011 at 11:31 am (#)

    I love these! I want someone to do this for me:-)

  12. gnee posted on May 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm (#)

    Apple-licious Cheryl…wish I’d taught your kiddies!

  13. Robyn | Add a Pinch posted on May 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm (#)

    I love this idea, Cheryl!

  14. SMITH BITES posted on May 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm (#)

    very, very cute Cheryl!! you are the bees-knees!

  15. Phyllis posted on May 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm (#)

    Being a retired first grade teacher, I can assure you this gift would be greatly appreciated by any teacher! Thanks for the idea, and it will be fun making it for my friends who are still teaching!

  16. Cassie posted on May 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh! That looks and sounds delicious!

  17. Katie @ This Chick Cooks posted on May 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm (#)

    Yum! Those look delicious!

  18. Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise posted on May 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm (#)

    Ohhhh YUM!!! I can never eat just one cupcake, so a jarful would be perfect for me! (Save me the embarrassment of grabbing a 2nd. And 3rd. : )

  19. Tracy posted on May 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for sharing — I found your blog as I was searching for neat ideas for Teacher Appreciation to add to my Link Party — stop by if you can to check it out and feel free to share any other Teacher Appreciation projects you may have. :)

  20. Lisa Clear posted on May 3, 2011 at 7:26 am (#)

    YUMM…. Wow you are so crafty and such a talented baker …these look so yummy and cute…

  21. Mrs. Jen B posted on May 3, 2011 at 9:54 am (#)

    What an adorable idea!

  22. Kathryn posted on May 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm (#)

    What a fabulous idea! Yummy! Please share this with our readers by linking it up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday. Thanks!

  23. Amanda posted on May 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm (#)

    That is too cute! I want one!

  24. Jami posted on May 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm (#)

    These are a fantastic gift idea! You wrapped them up so beautifully! I’d love for you to share them at the Pretty Packages Party I’m hosting this week as well as the Tuesday To Do party.


  25. Jennifer posted on May 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm (#)

    Put the words apple and carmel together and I’m sold on it! These look yummy and are such a cute gift idea.

  26. Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen posted on May 4, 2011 at 6:25 am (#)

    What a cute idea!!! I love gifts in a jar. The cupcakes look divine Cheryl. I too have a few gift jar ideas for teacher appreciation day.

    Teacher Appreciation Gifts:
    * You’re My M&M Gift {Magnificent & Marvelous Teacher}
    * Flower Pot Pens
    *Crayon Goodie Jar

  27. melissa posted on May 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm (#)

    i’m making these today for my sons teachers. i hope they turn out as pretty as yours!

  28. molly posted on May 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm (#)

    Such a great idea! I cant wait to try these!

  29. Alexis @ persia lou posted on May 4, 2011 at 6:59 pm (#)

    I love the “in a jar” idea! These look so cute… and yummy too!

  30. Calm Crazy World posted on May 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm (#)

    I ADORE this idea!! Thank you for providing this idea!

    I have just awarded you the Versatile Blogger Aware. I hope you can stop by and accept it! :0

  31. MarytheKay posted on May 6, 2011 at 12:29 am (#)

    Love…swoon…faint…fit of jealousy… :-) Those cupcakes look AMAZING!!!

    You had me at:
    1. apple caramel
    2. cupcakes
    3. in a jar

    LOVE IT!!! Thanks for such a fun, great idea!

  32. vicki posted on May 13, 2011 at 8:13 am (#)

    These are so cute!! One question…. do these need to be refrigerated??

    • Lilianna Grace replied on May 21st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      I made these the night before I needed them and refrigerated them. I pulled them out in the morning and used them a few hours later.

  33. Nestle Kitchens posted on May 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm (#)

    This recipe is making me hungry! You should turn it into a pie recipe and enter it in our contest! You could use evap milk…

    Good luck!

    Nestle Kitchens

  34. Jen G. posted on June 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm (#)

    Just made the frosting. Oh. My. Gosh. Sooooo good. So easy. My new fave to make at home! Now, repeat after me: do not wat all the frosting. :)

  35. Amy posted on July 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm (#)

    These look amazing! And I included them in a Cupcake Round Up on my blog! The link is

    Have a great week!

  36. link kaufen posted on August 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm (#)

    Tolles Blog! Weiter so, ich schaue sicher nochmal bei Dir vorbei.

  37. Letty posted on May 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm (#)

    Love this idea! How long do you think they would staybfresh


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