I'm not quite sure I have professed my LOVE of apples and apple picking to the full extent yet. I'm pretty sure this will cover it though. My love of apple picking goes back to my childhood when I first went apple picking with my best friend and her family. I loved the fact that I could climb the trees and not get in trouble for doing it. I was a complete tomboy. Apple picking came early this year in NY and for some local farms, it didn't even happen. I took full advantage of taking Riley twice to go apple picking. The first time we made our mini apple pies with our apples. This time I wanted to combine my love of apple pie with cupcakes and a little caramel on top for good luck.
The cupcakes took some time to put together, but believe me when I say they were well worth it. These cupcakes are out of this world. I used a spice cake mix for the cupcake. The first step was to cut the top off of the cupcake once they cooled. This step was similar to how you would take the top off of a pumpkin to carve it. Set aside the top and remove some of the cake in the middle of the cupcake. Don't go too deep though. Otherwise, your cupcakes will fall apart once they are out of the wrapper. Add your chilled apple pie filling to the middle and cover with the top of the cupcake. I iced my cupcakes with buttercream icing and drizzled caramel sauce over the top.
I can't even begin to tell you how decadent these cupcakes taste. The apple pie filling inside of the spice cake tastes just like a homemade apple pie. The frosting drizzled with caramel sauce makes this just a little sweeter and especially kid-friendly. Riley loved these as did the teachers at my school. They were gone before 9 AM!
Apple Pie Cupcakes
- Apple Spice Cake Mix
- 5 - 6 apples peeled and chopped
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and saute the mixture to soften the apples. Once the apples are less firm, place them in a Tupperware to cool overnight.
- Make the Spice Cupcakes according to the directions on the box.
- Once the cupcakes are cooled, hollow them out and spoon the apple pie filling in the center.
- Place the top of the cupcake back on top and frost.