If it were acceptable to cart a whole pie around with you without seeming overindulgent, I'm sure a lot of people would do it; in the meantime, the caramel apple pie cupcakes are a nice alternative.

These little bundles of heaven may not be the same consistency of pie, but they are just as tasty and easier to make. You start off whipping up an applesauce spiced batter that gets poured into cupcake sleeves and baked until its fluffy brown. When they are cool enough, a hole is cut out to insert a delicious mixture of Granny Smith apples, caramels and cream cheese. The real key to making yourself believe that the caramel apple pie cupcakes are just as good as the real thing is to pipe a white candied crisscross pattern over your desserts and around the edge.