Monday, July 26, 2010

Apple pie cupcakes

Apple pie cupcakes / Cupcakes de torta de maçã

I needed inspiration for today’s post and my friend Ana Elisa sent me the link for Serious Eats’ “the best cupcakes in New York City” slideshow.
I took a look but did not feel very inspired – so let’s call it for the day and have some apple pie cupcakes.

Apple pie cupcakes / Cupcakes de torta de maçã

Apple pie cupcakes
from Donna Hay magazine

Caramelized apples:
3 tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter
1/3 cup + ½ tablespoon (73g) caster sugar
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced – I used Gala apples

250g unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups + 2 tablespoons (275g) caster sugar
4 eggs
2 ¼ cups + 2 tablespoons (335g) all purpose flour
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (240ml) whole milk

Whipped cinnamon icing:
500g unsalted butter, softened
2 cups (280g) icing sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, extra, for dusting

Make the caramelized apples: place the butter and sugar in a large frying pan over low-medium heat and stir until dissolved. Add the apples and cook for 8-10 minutes or until golden and caramelized.
Remove the apples from the pan and allow to cool completely.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Place the butter and sugar in the large bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Gradually add the eggs and beat well. Sift over the flour and baking powder and beat until combined. Fold through the milk and spoon the mixture into two 12-hole ½ cup capacity muffin pans lined with paper cases. Top with the apples and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on wire racks.
Make the whipped cinnamon icing: place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 5-6 minutes or until light and creamy. Add the sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon and beat for 10 minutes or until light and creamy.
Using a palette knife, ice the cupcakes and dust over the 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

Makes 24 – I halved the recipe above (for the cupcakes and the caramelized apples), used 1/3 cup (80ml) capacity muffin pans and got 10 cupcakes; I made only 2/5 of the icing recipe and it was enough to generously frost all the 10 cupcakes


Jennifer said...

They look SO good!!!! ah, now you have me craving fall!! :)

Jess @ Sugar High said...

They look amazing! And your photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!


The Urban Baker said...

Apple Pie Cupcakes - Oh Yeah! These look delicious. These are next on my list! xx

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...

Okay, those are beautiful! These have been bookmarked! I can't wait to try these!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Charisse said...

Such an original idea! Love it!

Torviewtoronto said...

Lovely cinnamon is my favourite

Amanda said...

Beautiful cupcakes, they look perfect for fall. Apples and cinnamon is always a fall favorite for me. I'll have to try these beauties then.

eatme_delicious said...

There's something so much more appealing about apple pie cupcakes versus apple pie!

Unknown said...

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M. said...

wow, you're sending one great post after another!
you're one busy bee :)

beautiful cupcakes!

faithy said...

these look heavenly! and i like the name too apple pie cupcakes! bookmarking this now! thanks for sharing!

Bakericious said...

the cupcakes are beautiful!

Anh said...

This recipe itself is an inspiration, Pat!

Anonymous said...

Yayyy apple pie cupcakess!! I soo want some

Katie said...

Yum! My idea of cupcake heaven!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

This sounds like just my flavor. The goodness of apples in cupcake form. Suddenly, I'm hungry :).

Cookie Confessions said...

they look beautiful + delicious. thanks for sharing!

Stella said...

Hi Patricia!

Wow, even if I haven't been checking blogs for a long time, I still remember yours. You're my true inspiration. Just love your blog!

Do you have any recipe for madeleines??

Patricia Scarpin said...

Jen, thank you, sweetie!

Jess, thank you! You are far too kind! xx

Susan, hope you give these a go, darling!

Mary, thank you very much! I'm glad you like them!

Foodies at home, thank you for stopping by!

Torview..., I love cinnamon, too. Tks!

Amanda, thank you! I hope you give them a go.

Ashley, agree! :D
Thank you, darling! xx

Jane Ko, thank you for letting me know.

M., I love baking, it's almost an addiction. :)
Thank you, sweetie!

Faithy, thank you for stopping by!

Jess, thank you!

Anh, you're too sweet - thank you!

FFichiban, thank you for stopping by!

Katie, thank you, darling!

Xiaolu, I think you would like these! :)

Stella, you're back, sweetie! :D
I have tons of madeleine recipes, take a look at my index, I think you'll like it!

Marisa said...

That whipped cream topping looks scrumptious!

Anonymous said...

i saw this recipe on and it looked amazing!!! so i made it!!! absolute hit with my family :)Thanks!!

Priscilla said...

Hi I just love the sound of these..Apple pie and cinnamon. I was just wondering if I could somehow make this into a cake? Would the recipe be ok in maybe 7 or 8inch tin.. Do you have any ideas how I could incorporate the caramal apples if I turned these into a cake, would they be ok as a filling do you think.. Thanks for any help
Priscilla x

Patricia Scarpin said...

Marisa, it's buttercream and it's as good as it is fattening. :D

Hi, Anonymous! I'm so glad to hear the recipe worked out for you - thank YOU for letting me know!

Priscilla, thank you for your comment! I think the batter is firm enough to be baked in a larger pan, but do not know the size... Unfortunately. I think you could pour the batter into the pan and layer the apple sliced on top of the batter.
Hope it works!

Erica Lea {Cooking for Seven} said...

Oh my! These muffins are simply adorable. And the muffin papers are wonderful. Lovely photos, as always.

Anonymous said...

I just made them, but tweaked the recipe a little bit (with much success!):
- for the apples, I used four gala apples with 4 tbsp unsalted butter and 1/2 c. brown sugar with a little bit of salt
- for the batter, I added roughly 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cloves, 1 tsp ginger, and 2 tsp nutmeg. As well, instead of the cup of whole milk, I used 1+3/4 cup skim milk and 1/4 cup plain yohgurt with lemon juice to make a buttermilk-type mixture.
- for the icing, I substituted half the butter with light chream cheese and added a dash of vanilla flavouring, only 1+3/4 c. icing sugar, and 1/4 c. maple syrup.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Erica, thank you, sweetie!

Dear Anonymous, that is great news! I love each and every thing you did to the recipe - yum! I'm a sucker for all things maple syrup.
Thank you for letting me know and sharing the tips with my readers!

Cupcake and Talk said...

I can't wait to try this recipe and the apple bars recipe. Thank you.

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