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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  1. 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. Looks delicious!! Such a cute idea 🙂

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

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

  5. 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. Gorgeous!! And sounds so so yummy.

  7. What a great and original idea! thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. Oh my gosh! That looks and sounds delicious!

  15. 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. : )

  16. 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. 🙂

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

  18. What an adorable idea!

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

  20. That is too cute! I want one!

  21. 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.


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

  23. 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

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

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

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

  27. 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

  28. 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!

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

  30. 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

  31. 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. 🙂

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

    Have a great week!

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

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