I spent the day yesterday, making a smash cake and three dozen cupcakes for a friend’s grandson. I made a vanilla and vanilla bean frosting cupcake, a chocolate on chocolate cupcake and the last cupcake I was to make, was an apple cupcake with brown sugar frosting. When I went to make these though I realized that I could not find my recipe and that I had never posted it to the blog. I searched all of my hiding spots and recipe notebooks. I came up with nothing. Hmm… what was I to do?
I decided the best thing to do would be to just try to find one that was similar from what I could remember to mine. So I began searching and came up with Martha Stewart’s apple cupcakes as the recipe that sounded closest to what I wanted. Her recipe though still needed some alterations to be exactly what I wanted. So, I set to work on the recipe and when I was finished the batter looked and tasted good. When they were baking, the whole house smelled amazing! It was a cool day here and having the place smell of fall was just perfect. When they came out of the oven though I was not so sure. They looked like they may have been overcooked. I don’t know how though because the centers had just started to bounce back when touched.
I let them cool and worked on the brown sugar buttercream. Since I was baking cupcakes for a party for today I brushed all of the cupcakes with a vanilla simple syrup to help them stay moist. Once that was done I frosted one of the cupcakes to test its taste and texture. OH MY GOODNESS! The frosting was fluffy as always and paired with the apple cake recipe it made something magical. I actually stopped while eating the cupcake to take a pic of it on Instagram and declare it the best cupcake ever.
This cupcake was so good in fact, that the extra cupcakes could not remain in my house. Oh no, that would be a waistline disaster waiting to happen. I noticed my neighbors across the street outside and decided to bring them and another house cupcakes. I saved a couple for here. They are already gone and I am now thinking that I need to make another batch. I usually only taste test when I bake. I try not to eat any more than that. This recipe though is dangerous to me.
- 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. light brown sugar
- 2 lrg. eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 c. shredded, Granny Smith apples
- Preheat oven to 350° and line two cupcake pans with liners.
- Place the shredded apples into some cheesecloth and squeeze to remove the excess juice from the apples. Don't crush the apples just make sure they are not to soggy. Set aside.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set the flour mixture aside.
- Cream the butter and sugars on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes. Mix in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Mix in the apples on low-speed. Once incorporated add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Scrape down the bowl and mix just until everything is combined completely.
- Scoop into the prepared pans and bake for 20-22 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for a couple of minutes and then remove them to finish cooling on a wire rack.
- Frost with brown sugar buttercream or another frosting of your choice.
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