Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Apple Crumb Pie Cupcakes

Hey there!
I shared this post a couple weeks ago at Sugar Bee Crafts! It was a great opportunity for a new blogger like myself to guest post at one of my favorite blogs!

Now I get to share this yummy cupcake recipe here!

This cupcake is a remix of my favorite pie. All the same flavors and ingredients, just in the form of a cupcake. YUM!

Apple Crumb Pie Cupcakes.

Okay, now let's get to baking. This cupcake basically has four parts. The cake, the frosting, the pie crust crisps and the streusel crumbs. It sounds time consuming, but you can make the frosting and the toppings during the time the cupcakes are in the oven. Seriously, it's so worth it!

Apple Spice Cake
1 stick butter- soft
3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
(or, omit cinnamon and nutmeg & use 1 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice)
2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups finely chopped or grated granny smith apple (I used 4 apples and my food processer)
*In a mixer, or large bowl, mix butter, oil, both sugars, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Mix in soda, powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until fully incorporated. Mix in flour until smooth. Last, add apples. Quickly stir until evenly combined. Fill cupcake wrappers about 2/3 full (an ice cream scoop is the perfect size to fill a cupcake). Bake at 350 for about 18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.

Slightly Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter- soft
1/2 block cream cheese- soft
1/2 cup caramel sauce
1 tsp. vanilla
about 6 cups powdered sugar
a splash of milk
*In a mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese, caramel and vanilla until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar until fully incorporated. Add milk a tablespoon at a time until you have a smooth creamy texture that forms soft peaks. Scoop frosting into an icing bag or the corner of a gallon bag. Twist and close the end with a twist tie and snip about an inch of the tip.

Streusel Crumbs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
* Mix flour, sugar and butter until it starts to resemble dry crumbs. It will look dry, while also holding its shape. Drop crumb mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, stirring mixture half way to prevent burning. Crumbs should be golden brown and slightly crunchy. Let cool and set aside.

Pie Crust Crisps
1 pie crust rolled thin (I used store bought)
cooking spray
cinnamon and sugar mixture
* Slice pie crust into thin strips about an inch long. Line up on parchment lined baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, until crispy golden brown. Let cool and set aside.

 To decorate, make an assembly line. On a large surface, set out cooled cupcakes (and an extra wrapper for each cupcake if you want to get fancy), frosting bag, toppings, and your serving platter or cupcake box.
Place each cupcake into the extra wrappers. Frost each cupcake by making a swirl, starting on the outside and working your way to the middle. Top each cupcake with some streusel crumbs and a pie crust crisp. Repeat with all of your cupcakes, until you are finished.

Now that is a plate of pie! Okay, so it's not actually pie...but I seriously can't think of anything much better than a cupcake that tastes like my favorite pie. I hope you will try this fun holiday recipe!


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