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Apple Pie Filled Cupcakes

Apple Pie Filled Cupcakes are vanilla cupcakes stuffed with a fresh apple filling and topped with a sweet cinnamon buttercream frosting. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Cupcakes
Keyword: apple pie filled cupcakes, appleweek, baking, homemade apple pie filling
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Author: NicholeL

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 2 medium apples; peeled cored and finely diced
  • cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water

For the Cupcakes:

For the Frosting:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

For the Filling:

  • Toss the apples and sugar together in a medium bowl.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat and melt the butter. Whisk in the cinnamon.
  • Add in the apples and the water. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until softened.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and water until combined. Pour into the apple mixture and stir in. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside.

For the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with liners.
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl.
  • Add the butter to a stand mixer and beat on medium speed until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add in the egg whites slowly until fully combined. Mix on medium speed for another 2 minutes.
  • Alternate between the flour mixture and the milk until combined. Add in the vanilla bean paste and mix for another minute.
  • Fill each cupcake cavity ½-2/3 of the way full.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting:

  • Add the butter to a stand mixer and beat on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Add in the cinnamon, milk and salt and mix until combined.

Assembly:

  • Use a paring knife to cut a small circle out of the top of each cupcake.
  • Fill each cupcake with 1 heaping teaspoon of the apple pie filling.
  • Transfer the buttercream frosting to a piping bag and pipe on the frosting.
  • Cupcakes will keep for 3 days at room temperature.