Monday, November 23, 2009

Iron Cupcake - Keep It Simple Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

It is Iron Cupcake time again and this month the not-so-secret ingredient was apple. As soon as the ingredient was announced I started to rack my brain - toffee apples, apple pie, baked apples, apple crumble - arrrghh! What to do? I finally decided that you just can't mess with the apple and cinnamon combination, I know it isn't very inventive but it is darn tasty!

Apple cinnamon cake topped with cream cheese buttercream and dusted with ground cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes (from Confetti Cakes for Kids by Elisa Strauss)
Makes 24 cupcakes

3 3/4 cups plain flour
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 cup unsalted butter
3 cups packed brown sugar
4 eggs
1 cup apple sauce
2 apples, peeled and chopped finely
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line 2 12-hole muffin trays with cupcake papers.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cloves. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping after each addition.
  4. Alternately add the flour mixture and the apple sauce to the butter mixture in three batches, starting with the flour. Scrape down the bowl after each addition and beat until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the apples and stir them in just until they are incorporated.
  6. Divide the batter among the cupcake papers and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Cream Cheese Buttercream

60g butter, softened
160g cream cheese, softened
3 cups icing sugar (approximately)
  1. Beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually beat in sifted icing sugar until you reach the consistency you want.
  3. Spread over cooled cupcakes and then top with a dusting of ground cinnamon.

Look at those yummy chunks of apple...

All lined up ready to be packed up in the cupcake courier...

Well this one didn't make it to the courier :P

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Gala said...

Simple is always great!

Miss Dot said...

I agree -- keep it simple! Poor little cuppy didn't make it to the courier. I wonder what happened to it...? *sigh*

Red Boots said...

Oh my, looks delicious! One day, I swear, I will get better at making cupcakes - you're my cake making inspiration!

drollgirl said...

there is a reason the classics are still around! this would be so nice for thanksgiving. i might just have to make them!!!

apparentlyjessy said...

Apple, cinnamon and cream cheese a dream combination! Great entry, simple is sometimes the best!

Renata said...

I just adore apple cupcakes!!!!!!!!

Great recipe!!

marissa said...

oh those look so good

Paris Pastry said...

There is nothing better than apple & cinnamon together!! Along with cream cheese frosting, I'm sure it was heavenly!

Rose said...

Love apple and cinnamon! with lotssss of cinnamon :)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Simple and delicious, great entry! Had the same problem sorting through all the apple ideas, myself.

Karine said...

Your cupcakes sound delicious! thanks for sharing :)

Chantel said...

Yum! I made an apple crumble not long ago and my gosh it was yummy.

Now had it had a dolop of your cream cheese buttercream I think I'd of gone to heaven!

Great job!

Amanda said...

mmm... I just made some apple cupcakes myself and mine were sadly unappled. Maybe I'll try this recipe next time.

m.e (Cathie) said...

made these the other day, family LOVED them!
i didn't have applesauce as I mentioned to you so I just made it from scratch.

Anonymous said...

Cathie - I'm glad everyone liked them :)