Apple Spice Cupcakes with Dulce De Leche Cream Cheese Frosting

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What is your kid’s favourite snack? Let me guess. Chips! Because they are all kids’ favourite snack! But would you rather them having an apple instead? I would. Except it’s never going to happen!

What about a bag of crispy chips that are made from apples and apples alone?! And your kids are allowed to eat as much as they want because the chips are healthy, convenient, and delicious. And most importantly, they are just plain apples!

Martin’s Apple Chips are as guilt free as the apples in the orchard. They are sliced, dehydrated, and packed into snack packs. You can also enjoy them with a dash of indulgence in four different flavours – Original, Chocolatey Drizzle, Cinnamon, as well as Salted Caramel and Dreamy Vanilla Drizzle.

Martin’s Apple Chips are a treat on their own, but even better as a crunchy complement to anything from a full meal to a snappy snack or a delicious dessert. When fall is around the corner, apple desserts are naturally taking over the kitchen. These moist and flavourful apple spice cupcakes are subtly spiced and full of fresh apples inside. They are topped with a dulce de leche cream cheese frosting and garnished with apple chips.

Martin’s Apple Chips are available across the country (Costco, Starbucks, Sobeys, Winners, Bulk Barn, Farm Boy, and many other retailers).

Ingredients (12 regular-sized cupcakes):
Apple Cake
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup diced and peeled apples
Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting
2 packs 8-ounce cream cheese, softened
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup dulce de leche
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Martin’s Apple Chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a muffin tin or line with muffin liners.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and ginger.
In another bowl, whisk together the sour cream and vanilla.
Beat butter and sugar together on medium speed in a bowl of a standing mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended.
Reduce the speed to low and beat in half of the flour mixture, followed by the sour cream mixture. Beat in the remaining flour mixture until just incorporated.
Fold in the diced apples.
Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack, and let cool completely.
To prepare cream cheese frosting, place cream cheese, butter, and 1/2 cup dulce de leche in a mixing bowl. Beat until soft and well incorporated. Add powder sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy.
Frost the cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting. Drizzle with the remaining dulce de leche. Garnish with the apple chips.

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