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Waldorf Salad Cupcakes

When I told Jonathan that I was going to decorate a cupcake with grapes, he got a little scared.  You see, the last time that I decorated with grapes, I created grape man (just go look).  I assured him that this time, I’d keep it more normal and simply replace the iconic cherry on top with a grape.  Why grapes at all?  This is my cupcake version of Waldorf salad – a fruity salad created in the late 1800’s at the Waldorf hotel in New York.

These Waldorf salad cupcakes have all the trappings of a Waldorf salad; there are no greens, of course, but the cupcakes contain apples, raisins, walnuts, lemon, and even mayonnaise.  If you are a mayonnaise hater, don’t worry – rather than making the cupcakes taste like a condiment, the mayonnaise simply adds moisture (after all, mayonnaise is made with eggs and oil – key cupcake ingredients).

The prominent flavor in these Waldorf salad cupcakes is tart lemon, making them taste as fresh and salady as a cupcake can.  If you close your eyes and try really hard, you might even convince yourself for a second that you are keeping that New Year’s resolution to eat more salad.

Regency Wraps Greaseproof Baking Cups, Solid Royal Blue, 40-Count, Standard.

The moisture of the apples will cause the cupcakes to pull away from standard paper liners.  If you like the look of cupcake liners, use silicone liners or grease-proof liners like these.

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Waldorf Salad Cupcakes

Why grapes at all?  This is my cupcake version of Waldorf salad - a fruity salad created in the late 1800's at the Waldorf hotel in New York.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Waldorf salad, Waldorf salad cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 236kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup full-fat mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ¾ cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup finely chopped apples
  • Whipped cream to taste
  • 9 grapes


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add in the butter, and mix until well-combined. You should end up with a fine crumb texture.
  • Mix in mayonnaise until well-combined.
  • Mix in lemon juice until well-combined.
  • Fold in raisins, walnuts, and apples.
  • Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.
  • Remove cupcakes from tins and set on a cooling rack to cool.
  • Once cool, top cupcakes with whipped cream and garnish with half of a grape.


If you like the look of cupcake liners, use silicone or grease-proof liners. The moisture of the apples will cause the cupcakes to pull away from standard paper liners.


Nutrition Facts
Waldorf Salad Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Potassium 139mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 5.1%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Do You Like the Idea of a Salad Cupcake?

I got the idea for a salad cupcake from The Baking Robot’s Watergate Salad Cupcakes.  The Baking Robot has a ton of other fun and creative cupcakes worth checking out.  Have a look for more cupcake fun!

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3 comments on “Waldorf Salad Cupcakes”

  1. Deasays:

    Grapes are the new cherries for 2013, you know. ;) These look delicious!

  2. amy lynnsays:

    Oh my goodness… my Grandmother, who I miss every day, always made Waldorf Salad and she was the only person I ever knew who made it!! So this is just, well, you know how those memories about taste and smell go. I am almost afraid to try these (I’d so hate to mess ’em up) but she would tell me to go for it. Grandmothers are the best cheerleaders :)

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, what a lovely surprise. Your entire site is a cupcake lovers dream come true, I can’t believe I am only finding you now. (I have also run across the “My Mom Cupcake”, so I figure I’ll find everyone’s fave dessert here eventually!) I am signed up for your e-mails, yay!

    • Stefanisays:

      Aww.. Amy. What a sweet comment. I’m sure your grandmother would be thrilled if you made them. Thanks for subscribing. Keep in touch and let me know how it goes.

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