Thursday, September 24, 2009

Apple Cupcakes (September)

I love making cupcakes and I recently thought about starting a new category on this blog...Cupcake of the Month!

When I think about September, I think... back to school, seasons change, and apple picking... So these apple cupcakes were a perfect fit for this month's entry. I used the applesauce I made a day before and topped them with a wonderful brown sugar cream cheese frosting.

My original idea was just to top these with a little cinnamon sugar and an apple chip but then I saw these...aren't they the cutest? So, in the end, I decided to decorate them both ways. What do you think? Which decoration do you like best...leave me your vote in the comment section-THANKS!

These have a little cinnamon sugar on top and an apple chip.

Same cupcake, different look. Red or green sprinkles, pretzel stem, mint leaves and sprinkle crunch chips for seeds.

Vote for your favorite look!




Recipe for cupcakes and frosting from Martha Stewart's Cupcake

Makes 18 cupcakes

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed, light brown sugar
4 eggs (at room temperature)
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (I omitted)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce (I used homemade)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with paper liners. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

With an electric mixer on med-high, cream butter and both sugars, until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low. Add applesauce and then flour mixture, beating until just combined after each.

Divide batter evenly into lined cups. I like to use an ice-cream scooper to do this. Bake for about 20 minutes, rotating tins halfway through. Cupcakes are ready when a toothpick, inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Frost cooled cupcakes.

Brown-Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
8 ounces cream-cheese, at room temp
1 cup packed light-brown sugar

With an electric mixer on med-high, beat butter, cream cheese and brown sugar till smooth.

Apple chips (I used Seneca original cinnamon but any of their varieties would be great)
cinnamon sugar

Frost cupcakes using a Wilton #1 tip, then sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon sugar and top with an apple chip. If making the cupcakes a day or 2 in advance don't put on apple chips till serving time. They will lose their crisp and get soft if left out too long.

red and/or green sprinkles
pretzel sticks
fresh mint leaves
sprinkle crunchies

Frost cupcakes into a dome shape. Dip cupcakes into sprinkles till all areas are well covered. Stick a short pretzel stick on top to act as a stem. Stick mint leaves next to pretzel.

To make a "bite" mark, use a child's size spoon and remove a small amount for sprinkled frosting. Add three dark brown sprinkle crunchies to act as the seeds. The mint leaves will wilt after several hours, so don't add them till ready to serve if making 1-2 days in advance.


  1. Those are adorable! I think I like #2 the best.

  2. Those are SOOO cute! My favorites are the red and green apples w/ the bit taken out of them. (I like the combo of both colors). Super cute idea!

  3. My favorite is #2.. I love that it has seeds!! So cute.

  4. Oh goodness - these are so gorgeous!
    I do love the apple chip and may steal your idea this weekend (you know what they say about imitation and all...)

    Seriously, they are all just wonderful!

  5. Thank you all for the votes! Looks like #2 is the favorite look so far. I was just thinking too that if you can't find the sprinkle crunchies, then mini chocolate chips would be a great subsitute.

  6. #2 or 3 for sure!! Those are absolutely adorable :)

  7. I love #2 & #3! They're adorable!

  8. Those are super cute. My vote is for #2 because I love the way the "seeds" are exposed. Great Job!