Apple Cupcakes

apple cupcake recipes


Last weekend, we decided that we were going to spend the entire weekend being lazies. We hang out in our jammies all day and watch movies (I think that we have seen Cars a million times). We take a big family nap and sometimes we make whatever the kids want to make. On this particular day, Ava and Will were leafing through my Martha Stewart Cupcake book and oohing and ahhing over the beautiful pictures. I told them that they could pick any cupcake that they wanted and that we would make it. This is what they picked. How cute are they?

apple cupcake recipe

This cupcake recipe is really easy to make and a really good recipe to make with children. We had everything that we needed to make them in the house. (We didn’t even have to take off our pjs.)  And aren’t they healthy since they have applesauce in them? Sure, why not?

applesauce cupcake recipe

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 sticks butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cups brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped

applesauce cupcake recipe

Cream together both sugars with the butter until light and fluffy. (I totally made a mistake and only used 1 stick of butter. The recipe was great, but would have been even better with that extra stick. Oops.)

applesauce cupcake recipe

Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.

applesauce cupcake recipe

I cannot stress enough what a difference freshly grated nutmeg makes.

applesauce cupcake recipe

Add the eggs one at a time. Look very serious while your sister is adding the eggs. Serious = adorable.

applesauce cupcake recipe

Add the applesauce.

applesauce cupcake recipe

Mix it all together.

applesauce cupcake recipe

Add in the dry ingredients. Fold in the nuts by hand. Put the cupcake batter into lined muffin tins. We used red liners to make them look even more like apples. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes.

applesauce cupcake recipe

For the Brown Sugar Buttercream:

1 stick room temperature cream cheese
1 stick room temperature butter
1 cup brown sugar

To decorate:

red jimmies or red sanding sugar
thin pretzel sticks
green Fruit Roll Ups

applesauce cupcake recipe

Beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the brown sugar and beat until combined.

applesauce cupcake recipe

Now that I am thinking about it, a sprinkle of cinnamon in that frosting would have been a really good idea.

applesauce cupcake recipe

Using a sharp knife or a cookie cutter, cut some leaf shapes out of the Fruit Roll Up.

applesauce cupcake recipe

Frost the cupcake with the Brown Sugar Buttercream.

applesauce cupcake recipe

Sprinkle the red sanding sugar generously on the cupcake. (I think that it works better to dip the cupcake in the sugar, it covers the cupcake better that way.)  Stick the pretzel in for the stem and add a leaf.

applesauce cupcake recipe

These are so adorable and would be perfect for back to school. Does your class do Apple Week? ‘Cuz these would be perfect for that too.

applesauce cupcake recipe

And there you have your own little apple orchard. This was a great way to spend an afternoon with my babies.

applesauce cupcake recipe

What do you like to cook with your kids? What are your favorite recipes to make with your babies?

apple cupcakes

Apple Cupcakes

Yield: makes 12 to 18

First Day of School Apple Cupcakes - applesauce pecan cupcakes with brown sugar buttercream decorated to look like an apple.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 sticks butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped

For the Brown Sugar Buttercream:

  • 1 stick room temperature cream cheese
  • 1 stick room temperature butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar

To decorate:

  • red jimmies or red sanding sugar
  • thin pretzel sticks
  • green Fruit Roll Ups

Instructions

  1. Cream together both sugars with the butter until light and fluffy. (I totally made a mistake and only used 1 stick of butter. The recipe was great, but would have been even better with that extra stick. Oops.)
  2. Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  3. I cannot stress enough what a difference freshly grated nutmeg makes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time. Look very serious while your sister is adding the eggs. Serious = adorable.
  5. Add the applesauce.
  6. Mix it all together.
  7. Add in the dry ingredients. Fold in the nuts by hand. Put the cupcake batter into lined muffin tins. We used red liners to make them look even more like apples. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes.
  8. Beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the brown sugar and beat until combined.
  9. Now that I am thinking about it, a sprinkle of cinnamon in that frosting would have been a really good idea.
  10. Using a sharp knife or a cookie cutter, cut some leaf shapes out of the Fruit Roll Up.
  11. Frost the cupcake with the Brown Sugar Buttercream.
  12. Sprinkle the red sanding sugar generously on the cupcake. (I think that it works better to dip the cupcake in the sugar, it covers the cupcake better that way.) Stick the pretzel in for the stem and add a leaf.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

Did you make this recipe?

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  1. Kate

    So I also followed the 2 sticks of butter in the batter instructions and also got greasy cupcakes. I got a nice rise, but can tell something is off. Luckily, I have all the ingredients to make a second batch and will only put one stick of butter in the batter! I wish I had read the comments before I went ahead and did a batch of 12… That’ll learn me!

    1. bakedbree

      Sorry, I made these so long ago that I don’t really remember how they turned out. But from the pictures, they don’t seem like they did. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

      1. Kate

        One stick of butter was perfect and they came out so well! The icing is incredibly tasty, too. I am so glad I stumbled onto your site from Pinterest. Will definitely be trying more recipes!

        1. bakedbree

          Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Jessica Alvarez

    Hi, tomorrow’s my birthday and i want to make these good looking cupcakes. But i have a question. Does the salt have to be unsalted or salted? >_<

    1. Jessica Alvarez

      i mean is the butter has to be unsalted or salted

      1. bakedbree

        unsalted. I just like the way it tastes better.

    2. bakedbree

      either.

  3. sandra hoyte

    i live in the uk and have different names for the ingrediants needed what would be suitable to use cake flour = plain flour or sef raising. buttermilk not sure please can you help

    1. bakedbree

      These call for all-purpose and buttermilk is sour milk. Add a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice to milk and let it stand for a few minutes. It will curdle a bit and then you have buttermilk.

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