Apple cupcakes with cheese cream frosting

apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Apple cupcakes

Apple cupcakes with cheese cream frosting can be a decadent sweet treat on cold autumn days. 

It’s the kind of sweet treat you want to bake at the end of summer and when the apple harvest is at its peak. 

And this recipe I’m sharing with you is pretty straightforward and easy. All you need to do is literally dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix them well, put it in a tin and bake. That’s how easy it is.

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But you’ll get apple cupcakes that are moist, soft and rich. And they have a hint of tangy flavour from the granny smith apple that complements nicely with the velvety cream cheese frosting. 

Although I put my homemade apple jam as the filling, you can skip it altogether and just enjoy the cupcake with the frosting. Or, if you’re like my husband who is not keen on any kind of frosting, you’re more than welcome to enjoy the cupcake as it is.  

So, if you end up having lots of apples thanks to your harvest, you can try this apple cupcake with cream cheese frosting to make the most of your apples. And if you need more ideas of using and cooking your apples below is some recipes you may want to try:

Simple ingredients for apple cupcakes

ingredients for apple cupcakes


Technically, you can use any type of apples. But I almost always use either Bramley apples or Granny Smith apples. Simply because I love their tangy flavour.

For this recipe, you will only need about 200 gr/ 7.05 oz apple that is equal to one or two apples. Depend on their size. 

All-purpose flour/ plain flour

The last few years, I always try to stick to any baking that uses plain flour/ all-purpose flour. Because I often get lazy to get some particular type of flour just to make or bake one thing and end up wasting it as I don’t have a chance to use it up. 

Especially now, since the world is under a pandemic situation. Shopping can be a pain. And I only do online shopping now. So things have to be simplified even more. 

Hence, this recipe will only require all-purpose flour/ plain flour. Simple.


For this recipe, you would want to melt and cool the butter before using.


I understand some bakers and chefs will emphasize the chemistry of baking that you have to ensure the proportion and size of every ingredient to be precise. 

But I have baked this cupcake recipe with both medium and large-sized eggs without increasing the number. They both turned out just delicious. 

Raising agent

For this apple cupcake, you only need baking powder. And two teaspoons of it is sufficient to make one recipe. 


Apple and cinnamon are such a classic pair that are often used in autopilot. But I personally find marrying cinnamon and vanilla will give a better aroma. I know this can be biased and personal. So if you prefer a strong cinnamon aroma, you can use a full teaspoon of the spice and omit the vanilla.  


Plain natural yoghurt is what you need. Though I made many times with Greek-style yoghurt, and my apple cupcakes were as delicious. 

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How to make Apple Cupcakes

Firstly, peel, core and grate the apples.

Secondly, stir well all the dry ingredients, i.e. flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. 

Thirdly, mix the melted butter, eggs, yoghurt and vanilla extract in a jug. Then pour it and mix it with the dry ingredients. Put it in the cupcake cases and bake at gas 4 – 180° C/ 350°F for about 15-18 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when you touch.

cupcake batter with handheld mixer
1. Mix the cupcake batter
mixing the apple into cupcake batter
2. Add the grated apple
filled cupcake cases ready to bake
3. Fill the cupcake cases
apple cupcakes
4. Fill the baked cupcakes with apple jam

Please note that every oven has its own temperament that some ovens heat up and get hot easily than some others. In my case, I find using gas 3.5 to bake works better. 

However, you may find it different. So you should stick to what works best for your oven and use my recipe methods as the suggestion only.

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Yield: 15

Apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

a few apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are simply a luscious treat.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


  • ½ cup granulated sugar.
  • ½ cup/ 120 gr/ 4.22 oz butter, melted.
  • 1 cup/ 150 gr/ 5.29 oz plain flour/ all-purpose flour.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 2 tsp baking powder.
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • ¼ tsp salt.
  • 200 gr/ 7.05 oz Bramley apples or Granny Smith apples.
  • 2 tbsp natural yoghurt.
  • For the cream cheese frosting:
  • 1 ¼ cup/ 300 ml/ 10.14 fl.oz double cream/ heavy cream.
  • ¼ cup/ 28.75 gr/ 1 oz powdered icing sugar.
  • ½ cup/ 100 gr/ 3.53 oz cream cheese.
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Line your cupcake tray with cupcake cases.
  2. Preheat the oven at gas 3.5, 170°C/ 338°F.
  3. Peel, core and grate the apples.
  4. In a mixing bowl put the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt. Give it a stir until all combined.
  5. Then put the yoghurt, egg and oil in a jug. Lightly beat it until all is mixed.
  6. Make a hole in the centre of the flour mixture and pour the egg mixture in. Using a whisk or a handheld mixer, whisk the mixture until the batter is thick and smooth.
  7. Add the grated apple in and stir the mixture using a spatula.
  8. Spoon the batter into the cupcake cases and bake for about 15-18 minutes. Or, until the top springs back when you touch or a skewer comes out clean when you pierce.
  9. To make the frosting:
  10. Using a whisk or a mixer (stand mixer or handheld mixer), whip the double cream until firm-peak. 
  11. Then in another bowl, mix the mascarpone cheese with the icing sugar and a pinch of salt.
  12. Using a spatula, add the cheese mixture to the double cream and carefully but quickly mix it until all combined. Take care not to overmix it as it can deflate and rather runny. Your mixture will be softer. Keep it in the refrigerator for an hour before using. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 271Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 59mgSodium 157mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 12gProtein 4g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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