Apple Pie Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on November 2, 2017

Skip the fork! These Apple Pie Cupcakes are perfectly spiced cupcakes stuffed with apple pie filling and topped with a light whipped topping. The perfect way to get your Apple Pie fix! {VIDEO at the end of this post!}

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Tis’ the season for apples! And when you don’t feel like having an apple pie then these Apple Pie Cupcakes are just the best alternative that you can get. Perfectly spiced cupcakes paired with from-scratch apple goodness… you really can’t go wrong with these delicious cupcakes!

The perfect way to get your Apple Pie fix but without the mess!

What Kind of Apples Are Best for Baking?

I prefer to use Granny Smith apples in this recipe as they hold up beautifully when baked or fried. We did try Honeycrisp apples and liked it, but when we tried Red Delicious apples, it wasn’t our favorite. The texture of the apples was almost the same as the cupcake and there wasn’t as strong of an apple flavor. When possible, opt for a Granny Smith!

The perfect way to get your Apple Pie fix but without the mess!

I love when I can turn traditional desserts into something else and these Apple Pie Cupcakes are one of my favorite yet.

This light and fluffy cupcake is stuffed with a sweet apple pie filling and topped off with a dreamy whipped cream frosting. Finish it all off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and you are ready to go.

The perfect way to get your Apple Pie fix but without the mess!

Tips and Tricks for the Best Apple Cupcakes

Be sure you know your oven. You want the cupcake to be baked fully, but not burnt, so keep an eye on it at the 20-minute mark.

Want a shortcut? Use canned apple pie filling! You can refrigerate remaining filling and make another batch of cupcakes the second these are gone.

Try store-bought whipped cream for another time-saving trick. You can also use a spice cake mix to make these REALLY semi-homemade.

Want to be the star of your Thanksgiving celebrations? You can make this cupcake BAKERY worthy by adding a caramel drizzle or heath chips on top.

The perfect way to get your Apple Pie fix but without the mess!

Looking for more Apple Pie treats? Try these!

Apple Fritters

Homemade Apple Pie

French Apple Cranberry Pie

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Cake

Chocolate Cinnamon Apple Roses (so beautiful!)

So if you’re looking for a fun alternative to the pie route then these Apple Pie Cupcakes are as good as it gets!

4.86 from 7 votes
The perfect way to get your Apple Pie fix but without the mess!
Apple Pie Cupcakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These Apple Pie Cupcakes are a quick and easy way to enjoy the deliciousness that is Apple Pie!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Pie Cupcakes
Servings: 12
Calories: 306 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
Apple Filling
  • 3 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 3 medium apples, cored, peeled and diced small
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (170g) butter, melted 170g butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
Cream Frosting
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. sour cream
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling
Apple Filling
  1. Mix the apples, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium pan over medium heat and add the apples mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are tender and liquid is bubbling, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add the flour, and stir until the liquid thickens.
  4. Remove from heat and let the filling cool completely.
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. In another bowl beat the sugar and eggs until light and creamy.
  5. While continuing to beat, gradually pour in the butter, then the vanilla. Next add half your flour mixture, then your milk, then remaining flour making sure to beat well after each addition.
  6. Divide the batter evenly among the cups of the prepared muffin tin. Top each with a mound of apple filling.
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick (around the edge) comes out clean.
  8. Let the cupcakes cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Cream Frosting
  1. Beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and sour cream in a medium bowl until the mixture forms stiff peaks.
  2. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with your favorite tip and pipe a swirl of frosting onto each cupcake.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Recipe Video

Photos by Tornadough Alli

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  • Rachel Taylor says:

    Question: how many cupcakes does this recipe make?

    • peggy says:

      How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

    • Libby says:

      About 12. I doubled it and got 24 cupcakes without any problem.

  • Pam says:

    how long before I need to serve can I frost the cakes. Should they be kept refrigerated?

  • Kathy says:

    Looks delicious!

  • Sharon merritt says:

    Looks awesome!

  • Maddie says:

    These cupcakes look amazing! I tried printing the recipe and when it shows up to print, nothing is on the paper. I’m not sure if it’s something on my end, but I wanted to make sure you are aware of that. Because I would like to try to make these, but I can’t print the recipe!

  • Karen Mabe says:

    In the ingredient list it shows baking powder for the cake, but in the video it lists it as baking soda. Please tell me which it should be. Thank you.

  • debbie m says:

    I made the apple pie cupcakes for Christmas and everyone enjoyed them. Bought the Spice Cake and Apple Pie Filling. I made the topping.

  • Alana Simpson says:

    If you use the apple pie filling do you add or do anything to it? And if you use the spice cake mix ,do you add anything to it or bake as directed and do you leave anything out of Reg. Recipe? Ty

  • Bhernhard Akbar says:

    I really appreciate her work of giving the beginners good tuition.

  • Satarupa Banerjee. says:

    I love both your recipes and you. I didn’t try all of your recipes but some of them which I tried are excellent. Thank you Amanda so much for your help.

  • Janey says:

    These cupcakes are amazing! I used my own version of holland cream for frosting but otherwise followed the recipe exactly and they are spectacular.

  • Brie says:

    Delicious! but do not try and fit into a 12 cup tin. Mine overflowed a lot.

  • Brooke Peterson says:

    These are great ideal instead of sugar though I’m going to use Splenda.

  • Mariana says:


  • Holly says:

    I am excited to try this recipe. I love apple pie but we
    don’t need to have a whole pie as it’s just the two of us.

  • Mary Mifsud says:

    thank you for that lovely recipes.
    they came up lovely, and they are all
    gone. thank you Mary

  • Gale says:

    What size tip did you use to put on the frosting?

  • Gale says:

    Could I use a buttercream frosting instead?
    Could you please give me one? Please send me the answers to my two questions to my email address? Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • R Rivera says:

    Finally made these today with apples we picked over the weekend. I’m floored. They are DELICIOUS. Family didn’t believe that I made them LOL

  • Angela says:

    How moist are these ? Do you think sour creme would help ?

  • Joann says:

    These cupcakes are absolutely wonderful. Hits the apple pie spot without having to bother with a crust.

  • Jennifer Harris says:

    Delish! Not overly sweet. Perfect refreshing yumminess!!!