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!

4.75 from 20 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 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 medium apples, cored, peeled and diced small
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • cups (187.5g) all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup (170g) butter, melted 170g butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (122.5g) whole milk
Cream Frosting
  • ¾ cup (178.5g) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 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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  • Glory says:

    It was so good

  • Keri says:

    Hi! Would I be able to bake these cupcakes the day before, then frost and serve them the following day?

  • Kimberly says:

    Can you freeze the apple cupcakes

  • Sydney says:

    they were good! the only problem is i had to double the frosting recipe because there wasn’t enough.

  • Pam says:

    I need to save this recipe!

  • Erica Rider says:

    These were so easy and fun to make! Not to mention delish!!

  • Chaz says:

    Is there any way for me to get nutritional information? Im a diabetic and would love to try this! Thank you!

  • DT says:

    Made the cupcake using 130g of sugar, and used baking powder (in case anyone is wondering since the video stated baking soda). Cupcake was soft and had a great flavour, loved it. It yielded me 13 cupcakes. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Alicia says:

    Does anyone know the metric (grams ) measurements for all these ?because I’m in the uk and find grams much easier thanks 🙂

  • Irma says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipes. I can’t wait to make your Apple Pie Cuocakes.

  • Ashlee says:

    I just made these using 2% milk instead of whole and it was fine.

  • Mandi Bombard says:

    Absolutely delicious cupcake! I read several recipes for apple pie cupcakes before deciding to make this one. The only change I made was to use a cinnamon brown sugar buttercream circle of frosting with a little extra heap of cinnamon apples in the middle. Awesome! Thank you for your recipe. I look forward to trying more of them.

  • Ashley says:

    These cupcakes were so yummy and disappeared quickly in my house! lol I will save this recipe, for sure!

    I see they are 306 calories, but can I have the nutritional info. in its entirety, please? I track my food daily…

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Ashley! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We only provide a rough estimate of calories per serving. Have a great day!

  • Hanne says:

    Just one word: delicious! I only changed the frosting into a cream cheese frosting.

  • Sheryl Granade says:

    The video of this recipe says to use baking soda but the recipe that you put on the website of baking powder is it baking soda or baking powder

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      The written recipe is correct. 🙂

  • Mary Boldt says:

    Will the recipe work with gluten free flour? Or how would I need to adjust it?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Mary! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tested this recipe with gluten-free flour, so I can’t speak to its effectiveness. Please let us know if you try it and how the cupcakes turn out. Have a wonderful day!

  • Lailanie says:

    We made this exactly as explained, and they were the best cupcakes we had all year. They were not super sweet, and neither was the frosting. The apple taste really came through.

  • Quinn says:

    I made these cupcakes the first time and only baked them for 20 minutes and they were to dry, but they tasted really good.

  • Penny Smith says:

    How many cupcakes does this recipe make? Also, is the icing recipe make enough for all of them? 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar just didn’t sound like enough

  • Amanda says:

    My daughter and I made these tonight and are hands down the best cupcakes we’ve ever had! We followed the recipe exactly, well 2 differences, 1. I used 2% milk, and 2. I used 4tbs of powdered sugar, but those are minor. Thank you so much and I look forward to trying out many more of your recipes

  • Ingrid Leukis says:

    Family loved this apple cupcakes. Thank you

  • Ingrid Leukis says:

    My family loved the apple cupcakes. Thank you

  • Amanda says:

    The cupcakes were great but the cream frosting was bad. It had an okay taste but the worst part was that the it melted immediately and mad a huge mess:(

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