Cinnamon Apple Filled Spice Cupcakes with a Vanilla Glaze

I baked these cupcakes for my mum’s birthday. It was a lot of firsts for me and mistakes were made! I wanted to create a crumble to go on top of the cupcakes, that ended up being more like a brittle… but it still tasted good, so it worked out. Surprisingly enough, it was my first time making a glaze as well and as you can see by the photos it looks like a regular frosting. It was also very sweet. So, keep in mind when reading the recipe that this is exactly how I made the cupcakes, but I’ll add my little notes for suggestions to remedy everything. Afterall, the best part about baking is experimenting!
My mum asked for a fruit filled cupcake, her suggestions were apple or peach. I’m a little afraid to jump into using peaches, so apple it is! This would be a great cupcake for a fall occasion. 🙂

Spice cupcake ingredients:
• 2 1/2 cups flour
• 2 tsp. baking powder
• 2 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 4 egg whites
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 1/4 cup milk

I have created spice cupcakes before, you can follow along the recipe HERE!.

Oat “crumble” ingredients:
• 1/2 cup flour
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1/2 cup rolled oats
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
• 1/2 cup butter

As mentioned above, this created an excellent brittle, but not quite a “crumble.” If you’d prefer more of a crumble, I would suggest adding more flour and brown sugar until you reach a much drier consistency.

Preheat the oven to 350F.
Mix all of your dry ingredients together into a medium sized bowl.
Slice up pieces of butter into the dry mixture and use your hands to rub the butter into the mixture.
Lay some parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and spread out your crumble/brittle.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Allow to cool. Store any leftovers into an airtight container (it makes great granola for later!).

Vanilla glaze/frosting ingredients:
• 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 5 tbs. heavy whipping cream
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract

This one’s nice n’ easy. Just combine all of the ingredients until smooth. To create more of a glaze, just add more heavy whipping cream until it’s a thin glaze… don’t be like me and think “eh, it’ll thin out if I put it on a warm cupcake!” Bad idea.

Apple cinnamon filling:
• 1/2 cup butter
• 2 cups diced apples
• 4 tbs. brown sugar
• 4 tbs. honey
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• 1 tsp. lemon juice

The best part… heat 1/4 cup butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.
Once it’s nice and bubbly, add the apples and sauté until the apples are soft.
Add the remaining ingredients, including the rest of the butter until all is mixed well.
Set aside until it’s ready to be used.

To assemble the cupcakes:
By now, the cupcakes should be baked and nicely cooled. Use a sharp knife to poke an “x” into the center of each cupcake. Make sure you take the center of the knife almost to the bottom of the cupcake, so there’s plenty of space to fill it with apples.
Place the apple mixture into a piping tool or a plastic bag with a tiny hole at the other end. Place directly into the “x” of each cupcake and allow it to fill with apple deliciousness.
I like them being a little messy, but you can definitely make them a lot nicer and just not squeeze as much into the centers. 🙂
Once you’ve finished, glaze/frost up the cupcakes and sprinkle some of your homemade crumble/brittle on top!
Even with the mistakes, everyone in the family seemed to enjoy the cupcakes. I hope the recipe and little tips were helpful, have a yummy day!

12 thoughts on “Cinnamon Apple Filled Spice Cupcakes with a Vanilla Glaze

  1. Sharp Cookey says:

    You know, I’m not crazy about cinnamon anything but….these look so good,
    I’m actually going to make them. It seems so fitting for a Fall treat for my family .

  2. cakesbakesandothershenanigans says:

    Wow! These look delicious and so perfect for this time of year. WiIl definitely have to try these out

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