Apple cupcakes

Claire Gallam

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Want to ensure your kids get good grades all year long? Forget giving their teachers a gift card to Staples or a regular apple, and give them a big plate of these adorable apple-shaped cupcakes!

Apple shaped cupcakes

Don't worry — there are no worms in these apples, just a soft and gooey caramel middle! Not only will your kids' teachers love them, so will your kids! That is, if you decide to share. After you take one bite, you may not want to give any away!

Apple cupcakes

Yields 12 cupcakes

Apple cupcake


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, soft
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped apples (we used Granny Smith)
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup caramel (use this recipe)
  • Red frosting
  • Red sprinkles
  • Chopped pretzel sticks
  • Green sour candies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and then spray the liners with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the sugars, vanilla, eggs and butter together until creamy. Add in milk, heavy cream and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and apple pie spice together. Add to the wet mixture and mix well. Fold in the apples.
  4. Fill each muffin cavity about 1/3 the way full with batter. Add a dollop of caramel and then top with more batter (until cavities are filled about 3/4 the way full). Bake for about 22 to 26 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
  5. Once cooled, frost each cupcake with red frosting. Top with sprinkles and shake off excess. Stick a pretzel stick piece into the top (for the stem) and cut the green sour candy to look like a small leaf. Add next to the stick.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.