Apple Pie Cupcakes with a Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

There is nothing more autumn like than having a big slice of apple pie. However, making a whole pie can get a little overwhelming at times. So, I took the work out of pie making by giving you all the flavor plus a little more! A classic yellow cupcake has been filled with homemade spice-filled apple pie filling and then topped with creamy cinnamon buttercream frosting. This is the cupcake that will make you a star at your next family gathering!

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Yields 24 cupcakes

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 medium-size apples (peeled, cored and cubed)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  1. Prepare cake mix according to box directions and divide mix into 24 lined cupcake tins. Follow box directions and cook until a toothpick comes out clean.
  2. While cupcakes are baking start to prepare the filling. Add your cut apples to a sided pan and add brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Cook till apples are soft and the sauce starts to cook down.
  4. In a small bowl add the cold water and stir with cornstarch. Add to hot apple mixture and cook till it starts to get thick.
  5. Take off the heat and let cool before you fill cupcakes.
  6. Cut a small cone shape out of the middle of the cupcake and fill with cooled apple pie filling.
  7. Top with cinnamon buttercream frosting.

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Yields 2 cups

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 4-6 tablespoons heavy cream or half-and-half


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer add butter, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Beat until combined and start to slowly add powdered sugar. Once the icing starts to become fluffy slowly add in heavy cream a tablespoon at a time. Beat until desired consistency is reached. Add more heavy cream to thin out icing if necessary.


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