Thursday, October 7, 2010

Apple Pie Cupcakes

When I saw this I knew I had to try it!  What could be better than pie in cupcake form?  Plus it's so much easier than making a real pie.  I love the cinnamon flavor, and the apple filling is a perfect addition.  These would be perfect for a fall party.  My husband took them to work but didn't take enough of them and they almost had a riot on their hands, so make sure there's enough for everyone!

3 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
½ t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 c. butter, softened
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 ½ t. vanilla extract
1 c. milk
Apple filling:
2 T. butter
2 t. cinnamon
3 T. sugar
3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
Decorating: Vanilla buttercream 

1.  Preheat the oven to 350°.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a medium bowl, sift together  flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.  Add the vanilla extract and mix well to combine.  Add in the dry ingredients alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Stir until just combined.

2.  Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3-3/4 full.  Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 to 22 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pans.  Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

3.  To make the apple filling, heat the butter a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the cinnamon and sugar and cook for a minute, until the mixture begins to bubble.  Lower the heat to medium and stir in the apples.  Mix well.  Cook until the apples are somewhat tender, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.

4.  While the apple mixture is cooling, use the cone method to remove a chunk from the center of each cupcake, making sure to leave a rim around the top of the cupcake.  Fill the holes with the cooled apple mixture.  To decorate, top each cupcake with a swirl of vanilla buttercream.

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