I decided I was going to make something that I love come this time of year. A caramel apple, preferably covered in chocolate. So here is what I came up with for this event... a caramel covered apple flourless chocolate cupcake. Wow, that's a mouth full for a little cupcake. And according to my guinea pigs, I mean friends who got to try the cupcakes, it's a tasty mouthful. Now believe it or not, this recipe is fairly easy. I do think I found just about the simplest recipe for a flourless chocolate cake, and it's very good to boot. Here it is along with pictures for you to enjoy.
1 stick butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2-3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup caramel chips
2 Tbsp. water
Melt the chocolate and butter together in a large bowl in the microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in the sugar and cocoa until Incorporated. Then add the eggs, and mix until combined .Divide the batter up into your muffin tins. A tip to make this process very simple and pretty much mess free is to use a ice cream scoop. Ice cream scoops generally give you the perfect portion for a cupcake.
Top you cupcakes with half of your chopped apples. My original idea was to topped the cupcakes with all the apples and then bake them, but my 2 little helpers ate half of the apples before I could get to this step. Bake the cakes at 375 for 14-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out with some crumbs on it. (I know not the normal way you want the toothpick to be when testing a cake, but for these you do.)