Recipe : Apple Pie Cupcakes

Our contributor, Lauren Kapeluck of EllenJay Events, is back with a delicious new cupcake recipe….

One of my absolute favorite things about fall is eating pies!  Apple, pumpkin, pecan, you name it and I will gobble it right up!  So when Carrie mentioned she wanted me to create an apple themed cupcake recipe for November, I immediately thought of apple pie!  I am an apple pie lover, especially in the fall.  So immediately my mind started going in a million directions about how I would create the perfect apple pie cupcake to share with all of you.  I came up with something that I hope you all are going to love and that truly tastes like a bite of apple pie!  So here are the details on my new Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Swiss Meringue Buttercream!

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frosting | by Lauren Kapeluck for

The two key ingredients in these cupcakes are apples of course, and the brown sugar cinnamon flavor that you will taste throughout in every layer from the cake, filling and buttercream.  I combined my two favorite types of apples granny smith and gala to create both a sour and sweet pairing in the cake.  This batter is super simple to make, using only a whisk to combine all the ingredients with the end result being a super moist and fluffy cake packed full of cinnamon and grated apples to give the cupcake a nice texture.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frosting | by Lauren Kapeluck for

For all you apple pie lovers, not only are there apples in the cake, but there is an apple pie filling in the middle!  The hidden pocket of apples is a nice surprise when you take a bite and what truly makes these cupcakes seem like a mini apple pie!  To round out the cupcakes I thought a nice swiss meringue buttercream would be the perfect choice since it is light an fluffy and almost resembles the texture of a whipped cream.  I used a standard recipe and just swapped out the granulated sugar for brown sugar and added a pinch of cinnamon to carry on the flavors from the cake and filling.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frosting | by Lauren Kapeluck for

To finish off the final look, I used a refrigerated pie crust to create mini apple toppers sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar!  This is such a quick, easy and simple way to add some extra fall cuteness to these cupcakes!  Afterall, you can’t have an apple pie cupcake without some crust, right?  The crust is my absolute favorite part of any pie, and when I was little my mom would actually make my sister and I cinnamon sugar pie crusts for desserts.  Rolling out a refrigerated crust she would sprinkle the entire thing in cinnamon and sugar, bake for a few minutes and then slice it like a pizza and we would devour it in no time!

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If you are looking for a dessert for your Thanksgiving feast this is a great recipe to consider. The cupcakes can seriously be whipped up and in the oven in a matter of minutes. Make them a day ahead of time and store in an airtight container until ready to core, fill and frost and they will be delicious. If the coring and filling of the cupcakes seems like too much extra work, just leave it out, these cupcakes will still taste like apple pie since there is already apple in the main batter. Not a fan of granny smith and gala apples, simply use you preferred apples and they will still be just as good!

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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Swiss Meringue Buttercream
recipe by Lauren Kapeluck
(makes 24 cupcakes)

For the cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated apples (2 granny smith, 2 gala)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In medium bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In large bowl combine eggs, vegetable oil, sour cream and vanilla and whisk together.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until combined.
  5. Fold grated apples into the cake mixture.
  6. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.

For the apple pie filling:
3 apples, finely chopped (2 granny smith, 1 gala)
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon

  1. Place chopped apples, butter, brown sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in medium size pan and cook over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes, until apples are tender. Stir occasionally.
  2. Allow mixture to cool.
  3. Use an apple corer to remove the center of the cupcakes and fill with apple pie filling.

For the icing:
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon to taste

  1. In bowl of stand mixer combine egg whites and brown sugar. Place over a pan of simmering water and whisk continuously until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. (The mixture should feel smooth when rubbed between your fingers)
  2. Attach bowl to mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Starting on low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high whisk until fixture if fluffy and glossy, about 10 minutes.
  3. Change mixer to paddle attachment and on medium speed add butter a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Add vanilla and cinnamon to taste and mix well.
  5. Place icing in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and squeeze a dollop on top of each cupcake.

For the pie crust topper:
1 refrigerated pie crust
cinnamon & sugar
mini apple pie cookie cutter

  1. Bring one refrigerated pie crust to room temperature by sitting on counter for about 15 minutes.
  2. Lightly flour surface and roll out pie crust.
  3. Use mini apple cookie cutter to cut pie crust toppers.
  4. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar mixture.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes.
  6. Garnish cupcakes with mini pie crust apples.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frosting | by Lauren Kapeluck for

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family did!  Happy Fall!



Try my Pumpkin Cupcakes next.
Pumpkin cupcakes topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | by Lauren Kapeluck for



And my Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes are a must-bake!
Swirled with cinnamon and topped with streusel and glaze.

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes, swirled with cinnamon and topped with streusel and glaze | Lauren Kapeluck for

And definitely give my Honey Cupcakes a try!
Honey cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting.

Honey Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting | by Lauren Kapeluck for

Lauren Kapeluck , CONTRIBUTOR

Lauren is a monthly contributor for The Cake Blog. She is a self-taught baker and lover of all things sugar. Read more about Lauren on her bio page.


  1. 7

    Shelly Brown says

    I am making these cupcakes as we speak and am wondering how long they will keep once filled and frosted? Thanks in advance for your response – cant wait to try one!

  2. 8

    Cherisa says

    I just made these and they are so good but the frosting came out watery and clumpy. Am I doing something wrong?

    • 9

      Carrie Sellman says

      If your icing looks curdled after adding the butter, continue mixing and it will return to a silky smooth texture. This could take up to 10 minutes as the butter emulsifies with the egg whites. Just keep mixing!

      If it is too runny after adding the butter, simply refrigerate it for a few minutes and then mix it again.

      Hope this helps!

  3. 11

    Tara says

    I added a drop of red food colouring to the refridgerated dough and rolled it in before rolling it out. The apple toppers came out a lovely dark red and it helped them to stand out from the cream coloured icing.

    This recipe is fantastic!

  4. 13

    Chrissie says

    In the icing it requires 2 sticks of unsalted butter, how much is that? We don’t have sticks in Australia and I would love to try these! Thanx

    • 14

      Laura says

      In America, a pound of butter is sold in a container with 4 “sticks”. Each “stick” of butter equals 1/2 Cup, or 4oz (113 grams). So, for this recipe you would use 1 Cup or 8oz (226 grams).

  5. 15

    Michele says

    Alright… I don’t give props often, but you, Lady, are a culinary genius! I made these cupcakes for our Court of Honor (along with your recipe for pumpkin cupcakes!) I was mobbed! These apple cupcakes are my new go to cupcake for ‘WOW!’ factor! I did change up the frosting ( because I didn’t have time for anything on the stove…) I had to dump ingredients in the stand mixer while I was inspecting scout uniforms and locating my evasive cupcake carrier. Although, I did use yours as my inspiration! 😉 Thanks so much for BOTH of your recipes!!!!

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