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Apple Filled Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting #Foodie Friday

Apple Filled Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting: Simple Living and Eating

What to do with 20 pounds of apples? Yes, we enjoyed apple picking so much that we are now overwhelmed with apples. We made an apple crisp, an apple compote, Marie- Helena's Apple Cake, Slow Cooker Kielbasa Sauerkraut and Apples, Apple Sage Chicken, and Slow Cooker Pork a la Normande... now what? The sack is still half full. 

My daughter the baker said, "Well, we still haven't made cupcakes." So here is my 11 year old's recipe for apple filled cupcakes. They were amazing and better than if I made them. She got the baking gene from her father.

Apple Filled Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting: Simple Living and Eating

Apple Filled Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting

by J. Balch


4 large eggs
1/3 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 pinch of ground clove
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks of softened unsalted butter 

6 small apples peeled, cored, and cubed
1 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of butter
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon of dark rum
1 pinch of salt

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 sticks of softened unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons of milk
1/2 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice

Directions for Cake:

1) Place oven racks to middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2) Line 2 cupcake trays with foil cupcake holders.

3) Beat the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl.

4) Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. 

5) Slowly add pieces of butter to the flour on low speed until the flour and butter combine and look clumpy.

6) Slowly add egg mixture to the flour/butter on medium high speed until it looks light and fluffy.

7) Pour batter into cupcake tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cupcakes are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when you test them.

8) Remove baked cupcakes from pan and let them cool on a rack. Do not fill the cupcakes until they are completely cool.

Directions for Filling:

1) Mix the cubed apples with the lemon juice and salt.

2) Heat butter and the rum in a medium size sauce pan. When it is melted add the apples to the pan. 

3) Cover the apples with the brown sugar add stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture starts to bubble. Cook until apples just start to soften. Don't over cook the apples will dissolve. Remove them from the heat when you are finished cooking them. 

4) Let the apple filling cool before you poke a hole in the center of the cupcake with either a very small cutter or a knife.  Put about 2 teaspoons of this mixture into the center of each cupcake using a teaspoon. 

Directions for Frosting:

1) Beat butter in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment until it is fluffy. 

2) Add the sugar to the butter slowly on low speed until it is smooth.

3) Add the milk on low to combine but increase the speed to medium to beat the frosting until it is fluffy.

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  1. Hi Diane,
    Looks like you have had so much fun with those apples and so many good dishes. The cupcakes sure look good, I would love one of those for a bedtime treat. Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks Miz Helen,
      My daughter will be thrilled to hear that.

  2. Thanks so much for the party.... I love the cupcakes. Our apple tree is just now read to pick! Great recipe - pinned!

    1. Oh how wonderful your own apples. We haven't had much luck with our apple tree, but we did get peaches this year.

  3. These look delicious and a great and fun way to use up apples!

    1. We are having fun figuring out things to do with all the apples that's for sure.

  4. I loooooooooooooove these cupcakes and I'm already planning to make them

    I soooooooo appreciate your featuring my Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge
    Thank you!!
    ♥ ♥
    Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for another fun party

    1. My daughter was hoping someone would make them. She worked very hard on the recipe. Can't wait to tell her you are making them.

  5. We've been enjoying local apples. Love your apple filled cupcakes with the touch of rum. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

    1. Thanks to all the French cooking I do my daughter now thinks of liquor as something that used for cooking. Which I guess is better than drinking it?

  6. OH, man, do these look scrumptious! What a marvelous apple treat, Diane!!!

    1. Thanks Liz,
      My daughter is going to be so excited to hear such great comments from such awesome foodies as you.

  7. Thank you for the party.....I have also been on the "apple wagon" trying to empty that hugh bag. We have been eating them and I've been baking. Still have a apple cake to post this weekend. Andi

    1. Glad to hear I'm not alone. There is always apple sauce and apple butter to make when they start to go bad.

  8. Hi Diane, thanks so much for another fabulous link party!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Thanks for inviting me over! This is always a great party! Appreciate you hosting!
    Kristin @ DizzyBusyandHungry.com

    1. So glad you could make it Kristin. I really enjoy your recipes.

  10. These looks delicious! I love apples, I'll try make them. =]

    1. It's really great to bit into that apple filling.

  11. Hi Diane! Wow those cupcakes sound really good right now. Thank you so much for featuring my sweetpotato recipe! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for hosting the party ;)

    1. You are very welcome. I will let my daughter know you liked them.

  12. Diane,
    Your cupcakes look delicious. Wish I had some now.

    1. So do I they are all gone and my daughter doesn't feel like making anymore.

  13. Your daughter did an amazing job on those cupcakes, they look delicious! Thanks so much for the party. Have a wonderful weekend!!

    1. I would expect a baking blog from her in a few years thanks.

  14. Looks amazing! I love the idea of the fresh apple inside!

    1. It is super delicious. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  15. These cupcakes look so delicious! You're daughter is very clever and did an awesome job with these!
    Stopping by from the "Clever Chicks Blog Hop". Now following you via Bloglovin.
    Have a great weekend :)
    Bismah @

  16. These look really good. Thanks for the link up too. I think you made a wise selection with the Feature posts.

  17. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. Your cupcakes are being featured at My Meatless Mondays. I have so much fun on your blog. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much Chaya. My 12 year old daughter created this recipe so she will be thrilled to hear it is being featured.

  19. Apple anything is good! Would love you to come link up to our desserts only party~! DELISH! http://theinspiration-network.com/delish-8-desserts-link-party/


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