Apple Cupcakes
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Apple Cupcakes

Apple cupcakes with chunks of apples and fall spices topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cupcake recipe, apple cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 500kcal
Author: Stef


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 pound apples roughly chopped and loosely packed, about 2 1/2 cups chopped apples

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
  • Beat butter and sugars in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon zest until blended.
  • Mix in flour mixture a little bit at a time until just combined.
  • Fold in apples.
  • Divide batter evenly among 12 cupcake liners (they will be filled almost all the way to the top).
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the vanilla.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar a little bit at a time until fully combined.
  • Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.


You can experiment with different sizes for the apple pieces. If you like chunks of apples in your desserts, cut them into 1/2 inch pieces. You can also cut them into smaller pieces or matchsticks if you want them more integrated into the batter.


Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1.2mg