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Battle Of The Just Picked Apples

Yesterday morning, geeksugar arrived at the office with a grocery bag full of little, green apples. YumSugar and I are splitting the bag, and both of us shall make a delicious dessert to share with the Sugar gals. Right away Yum announced the upcoming arrival of an apple pie. Shocked and worried — how to compete with America's most classic, beloved pie? — I frantically searched the web for a secret weapon. Then it hit me, apple cupcakes! Cupcakes are a dessert that everyone loves and no one can resist.

Similar to carrot cupcakes, the apple is grated and added to the batter. For the recipe that could win the battle of the just picked apples,

Apple Cupcakes
From Martha Stewart Kids

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, optional see below

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Reduce speed to low; mix in apples. Add flour mixture; mix, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until just combined.
  5. Fill lined cups halfway with batter; bake until tops are springy to the touch, 18 to 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from tins; let cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, frost cupcakes; top with marzipan apples.

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.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Join The Conversation
ms_dior_cherie ms_dior_cherie 9 years
wiciltd wiciltd 9 years
What a nice fall treat.. they should delish
Tech Tech 9 years
I can't wait to try these! I love apple muffins, so I'll probably adore apple cupcakes!
arrhythmia arrhythmia 9 years
sounds scrumptious! tell us the results of the ultimate sugar cookoff! :D good luck yum and party! :)
mrsyuen mrsyuen 9 years
What a great idea! I actually just had a cupcake a few mins ago...I'm already drooling for an apple cupcake :)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Good idea, party! I'd love these and I bet they're incredibly moist!
llendril llendril 9 years
i've never heard of apple cupcakes. what a cool and interesting idea! i bet they'll be delicious =)
chellebaby chellebaby 9 years
Oh my! That pie of Yum's better be killer to beat these!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
how cute! and from martha stewart...that woman thinks of everything
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
what a good idea! i like apple muffins so i'm sure these are also good! i love the pic with the little apple decoration on top
laurafox laurafox 9 years
Apple cupcakes? OMGYUM!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
oooh, i am thinking the combo of icing and marizpan decorations...i smell a winner =)
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
Cute! I think these were in MSK a couple of years back. And they would be perfect for fall festivals!!!
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