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!

4.8 from 5 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



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!

Photos by Tornadough Alli

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  • Kat says:

    Do these freeze well?

  • Diana says:

    Why my muffins or cupcakes always oily under the liner paper? Where go wrong?

  • Lisa says:

    The recipe says baking powder but the video shows baking soda….which one is right?? Really want to make these ASAP!

    • Amanda says:

      The written recipe is correct. Baking powder! 🙂

  • Sandra says:

    I just made these and they are yummylicious…should I keep them in the refrigerator or just on the counter? Thank you 😊

    • Amanda says:

      In the fridge if not serving within an hour after making. Let come to room temp before serving.

    • shelly johnsen says:

      can you make these a day ahead and would they still be good?

  • Natalie says:

    These look utterly amazing!

  • Amanda says:

    How does the whipped cream “frosting” hold up? I’d like to make these a day ahead and take them to work.

  • Gaya says:

    I made these cupcakes.. it’s absolutely delicious.. but my filling didn’t fill in the center instead of that it spread out top of the dome.. but still it’s delicious thanks for sharing this recipe.. much love

  • Debbie says:

    Could you mix the apple pie filling into the batter and make it a muffin without the whipped cream? They look so good. But, I need some muffins for a bake sale for my grand daughters ball team. And was looking for an apple pie flavored muffin these sound really good. Thanks for all the great posts and videos.

  • Teresa says:

    I am trying the apple pie cupcakes.

  • Brenda Matlock Sens says:

    The Apple cupcakes look great. Can’t wait to try.

  • Ruben Mazo says:

    Congrats on your delicious job.I am a baker just at home for my family and friends the rest could be a dream.
    Thanks for this delicious recipe,I am going to make it ASAP.

  • Sara says:

    Is it possible to make this as a cake? Preferably 9×13?

  • Kayla says:

    The cupcake batter calls for regular butter or unsalted?

  • Monee Potter says:

    This sounds like a mini version of an apple pie recipe. As a hardcore baker myself these are very easy to make. I can’t wait to make it one day!

  • Sally Lafuente says:

    Confused… In the video it calls for baking soda but on the recipe it calls for baking powder. Which one should be used?

    • Amanda says:

      The written recipe is correct.

  • Stacie says:

    These apple pie cupcakes are to die for and so simple.

  • Marie says:

    Two questions, can the sugar be substituted for Splenda? My husband and I are both diabetic and should not eat sugar. Also, if I use sugar, can you tell me the carb count on a cupcake? Thanks!

  • Gloria says:

    Great Recipes!

  • Maria de Lurdes says:

    Olá Amanda gosto das suas receitas, mas tem como você a tradução para português?

  • Debbie Samra says:

    Can you use peaches?

  • Aviva says:

    Would like to know what # scoop/disher you used? Thanks can’t wait to make! 😋

  • Ione Pedersen says:

    Do you have high altitude adjustments?

  • Lyn says:

    Would love it if you gave the whole recipe in grams the butter is in grams I wish the whole recipe was in both grams and teaspoons

  • DONNA HITTLE says:

    In the video you say baking soda but the recipe says baking powder

    • Amanda says:

      Just follow the written recipe. 🙂

  • Diana says:

    Hi Amanda. I know someone already asked you this, but I can’t find your answer to their question anywhere. I’d love to make this recipe and I´m in doubt because I live in Australia and Australian cups are very different from the American ones. It’d be absolutely fantastic if we could get your recipe -all of them, indeed- in grams. Thank you so much in advance.

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