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Apple Cupcakes

Made with marzipan apples, these apple cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting, will sell like hotcakes.

  • yield: Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups coarsely shredded apples, such as Macintosh (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • Cream-Cheese Frosting
  • Marzipan Apples (below)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla.

  2. Step 2

    Reduce speed to low; mix in apples. Add flour mixture; mix, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until just combined.

  3. Step 3

    Fill lined cups halfway with batter; bake until tops are springy to the touch, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from tins; let cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, frost cupcakes; top with marzipan apples.

  4. Step 4

    For marzipan apples: Tint some marzipan red and some green (find it in the baking section of your grocery store). Roll red marzipan into balls on a cornstarch-dusted surface. Score bottoms with toothpick. For leaves, flatten teardrop-shaped green marzipan; add veins with toothpick. Roll worms from un-tinted marzipan; add green nonpareils for eyes. Use brown sprinkles for stems. Make holes for worm and stem, and insert.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Fall

Reviews (4)

  • 20 Feb, 2013

    These were very delicious! Everyone loved them.

  • 6 Mar, 2012

    these are great! very apple-y and the cream cheese frosting goes perfectly!!

  • 13 Jun, 2011

    This recipe was PERFECT! Follow every step and you will have everyone fallimg for these cupcake!

  • 25 Jun, 2009

    These are delicious!