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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

Photo of a tray of perfectly frosted Apple Pie Cupcakes, showcasing the spiced apple filling visible through a cut-out section on top.

Delicious Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Apple Pie Cupcakes are a delicious and convenient take on the classic American dessert. To make these cupcakes, you will need a cupcake base and a filling made from diced apples, spices, and sugar. The cupcakes are then topped with a cinnamon buttercream frosting to add a creamy and sweet touch. Here are some tips to help you make the perfect Apple Pie Cupcakes

These apple pie cupcakes are always a hit! They are so easy to make and the flavor just screams fall. Of course, they’re equally delicious any other time of year. —Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa


1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
2 tablespoons butter
4 medium tart apples, peeled and finely chopped (about 4 cups)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water


1 cup butter, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Thinly sliced apples, optional


1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for 24 cupcakes; cool completely.
2. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add apples and brown sugar; cook and stir until apples are tender, 10-12 minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool completely.
3. Using a paring knife, cut a 1-in.-wide cone-shaped piece from top of each cupcake; discard removed portion. Fill cavity with apple mixture.
4. In a large bowl, combine the 5 frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. If desired, top with apple slices to serve.

Follow these Kitchen Tips

  1. Use fresh and firm apples for the filling to ensure that they hold their shape and provide the right texture.
  2. Adjust the amount of sugar in the filling to suit your personal taste preferences. You can also use brown sugar for a richer flavor.
  3. Use a piping bag with a large round tip to frost the cupcakes for a professional look.
  4. For an extra crunch, sprinkle chopped walnuts or pecans on top of the frosting.
  5. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting to prevent the frosting from melting.


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