Brown Sugar Apple Cupcakes - My Sweet Sanity

Brown Sugar Apple Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland

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.

Brown Sugar Apple Cupcakes

Brown Sugar Apple Cupcakes
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3786 calories
680 g
616 g
105 g
44 g
62 g
1306 g
5074 g
447 g
4 g
35 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3786
Calories from Fat 927
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 105g
Saturated Fat 62g
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 28g
Cholesterol 616mg
Sodium 5074mg
Total Carbohydrates 680g
Dietary Fiber 20g
Sugars 447g
Protein 44g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 2 tsp. baking soda
  3. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  7. 1 1/2 c. sugar
  8. 1/2 c. light brown sugar
  9. 2 lrg. eggs
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  11. 3 c. shredded, Granny Smith apples
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line two cupcake pans with liners.
  2. 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.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set the flour mixture aside.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Frost with brown sugar buttercream or another frosting of your choice.
Adapted from Martha Stewart Apple Cupcakes
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

39 Responses to “Brown Sugar Apple Cupcakes”

  1. 1
    Anne says:

    Sounds like a great fall dessert
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    Jennifer H says:

    I love apple anything! These look yummy.
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    These look amazing!
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    Kira says:

    The cupcake looks yummy, come to think of it I don’t think I’ve ever had a brown sugar butter-cream frosting before.
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    Katie says:

    this sounds like a perfect fall treat!
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    Kait says:

    These look amazing! It looks like the perfect fall treat – so yummy!
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    Stefani says:

    These look and sound delicious. I have been wanting to make cupcakes lately too. Going to pin these and make them for sure!
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    These look so delicious and festive!
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    debra p says:

    I love buttercream. These look delectable and perfect for Fall!

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    Rachel says:

    Wow, those look so good. I have a hard time baking from scratch, it just never turns out well. But these look so good I may have to give it a try.
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    Shell Feis says:

    I bet those are delicious- and they are SO cute!
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    Absolutely! Yes, please. They look fantastic!
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    Tammy says:

    I just want the frosting! LOL – I’m going to have to try it AND put it on cupcakes (although I’m likely to eat it straight out of the mixing bowl…)
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  15. 15

    I’ve come back to these twice now! I am making these for my kids after school snack. They will gobble them up!
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    eleni says:

    I have never tried brown sugar buttercream it sounds wonderful I will have to give it a try.
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    They sound AMAZING! Pinning them for later!

  18. 18

    these sounds and look awesome
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    robyn says:

    Oh my golly! Those look and sound delicious! My 5 year old loves ANYTHING apple!
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    These look like such a delicious treat with all of the flavors of fall!
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    These…look…AMAZING!! I’m your newest follower on bloglovin from the Socially Awkward Link Up! 🙂
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  22. 22

    What a great combination! They’re perfect for the fall.
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  23. 23

    oooo I love brown sugar!
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  24. 24

    Yum, Yum, and YUM! These sound delicious. I may be making these for an upcoming potluck!
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    Henrietta says:

    Now I know what to do with the apples in my front yard! Yummmy!
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    Natalie says:

    Oh. Em. Gee. How adorable are these?!
    I am such a cupcake fan – I can just imagine how awesome these tasted!
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    Rosie says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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    Oh, my goodness, Jennifer – beautiful! Martha Stewart might consider hiring you on staff if you keep up this parade of delicious cupcakes!

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    Dina says:

    they look yummy!
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