It’s easy to fall into a chocolate rut when it comes to cupcakes. What’s better than chocolate, anyway? Well, these light and sweet cupcakes made with fresh apples give those rich chocolate versions a run for the money.

This recipe makes 2 dozen plus cupcakes, so make sure you have lots of people to share with.

Ingredients:

4-6 organic Fuji or Gala apples, peeled and chopped (3 cups)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
3 sticks of unsalted butter
2 cups of sugar
4 eggs
1 tbs vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
6 ounces Greek Gods Honey, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Orange yogurt
Cream Cheese Frosting

How I Made Them:

Start with the apples, so they macerate and create a cinnamon sugar syrup before you add them to the batter.  In a large bowl, combine the chopped apple (smaller pieces of apple are better) with the cinnamon and sugar.  Stir to combine the ingredients well and then set them aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cupcake tins (24 cupcakes) with sturdy paper liners. These cupcakes are moist, so use a substantial liner.

In a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed. Scrape the sides at least once to be sure there are no lumps. When the butter mixture is light and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time. Scrape the sides again, and then mix in the vanilla.  Add the flour in three batches, alternating with the yogurt.  The result will be a very thick batter.

Remove the mixing bowl from the stand mixer.  Use a rubber spatula to fold 3 cups of the cinnamon apples into the batter.  (Save any left over apples for the next time you make pancakes or need an ice cream topper.)

Spoon 1/4 cup of batter into each cupcake tin.  The batter is very thick, but don’t worry if it just sits in the cup rather than filling it.  In the oven, the batter will spread as it bakes and fill the cup.

Bake for 23 minutes or until the cake tester comes away clean but for a few crumbs.  Let cool completely before frosting.

How They Turned Out:

Moist, tender, appley, and not too sweet.  Perfect for tea parties, breakfast, or a snack.  I made these for a St. Patrick’s Day party (the decorations are from Fancy Flours).

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

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