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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

These apple pie cupcakes are always a hit! They are so easy to make and the flavor just screams fall. Of course, they're just as delicious any other time of year. —Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 medium tart apples, peeled and finely chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Thinly sliced apples, optional


  • Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add apples and brown sugar; cook and stir until apples are tender, 10-12 minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool completely.
  • Using a paring knife, cut a 1-in.-wide cone-shaped piece from top of each cupcake; discard removed portion. Fill cavity with apple mixture.
  • In a large bowl, combine the 5 frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. If desired, top with apple slices to serve.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • You won't be able to get enough of these delicious apple desserts.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cupcake: 300 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 221mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


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    • Jordana
      Nov 26, 2020

      Mine made 16 cupcakes not 24

    • Apie26
      Oct 28, 2020

      No comment left

    • Delicious!
      Oct 3, 2020

      These were delicious! My family who doesn't usually love cake gobbled these up! I was tempted to make extra filling to eat on its own:D I used crab apples and made my own cake. Thanks for the incredible recipe!

    • hummer1216
      Sep 20, 2020

      So good. Family loved. Followed exactly as written. To the woman who passed judgement with tsk-tsk, next time try something like, I do not use boxed products so I made my own Cake and it worked beautifully and tasted great. See how much nicer that sounded. Much less condescending ??

    • Paula
      Sep 3, 2020

      I usually don't make substitutions to recipes the first time I try them, however, I didn't have a yellow cake mix & was in a rush to get these done. I used a spice cake mix and they were wonderful! I used muffin size pan & next time I'll use smaller size. These are so rich and delicious, it's almost hard to finish the larger size. Thanks for great recipe. I will be making them again very soon.

    • ndwd
      Sep 2, 2020

      I made these last year but used my own cake recipe. They were so good. I also browned the butter for the frosting. I will be making these again this year. I love the filling.

    • katehugs
      Jul 18, 2020

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    • CLW60
      Apr 16, 2020

      I have used this recipe over and over again. It's so good and it tastes just like apple pie! It's a hit with everyone I make it for.

    • justmbeth
      Nov 3, 2019

      Yummy! I loved the unexpected apple flavor mixed in with a cupcake. Icing was sufficient to give each cupcake a healthy dose of frosting.

    • Jellybug
      Oct 23, 2019

      Easy and delicious! the seniors at our community bingo night loved them!!