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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Vanilla Buttercream

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September is such a weird month… it’s the end of summer and the beginning of fall, all in one month. Of course, here in North Texas, it will feel like summer for the next couple of months!  That doesn’t stop me from creating autumn recipes and enjoying those flavors, even when temps are in the 100s!  This apple pie cupcakes is super easy to make, and full of delicious, fall goodness!  Enjoy!

What you need:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice (or combine 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, and allspice OR nutmeg)
  • 1 can (20 oz) apple pie filling

Cinnamon Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 -2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (add until you have the frosting consistency you want)
  • 3-5 graham crackers (crushed)

Make them:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare cupcake pan (my silicone pans are the BEST!) with fun cupcake liners, then spray lightly.

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, eggs, oil and apple pie spice until just combined. Don’t over mix, or you’ll add air to the batter!

Bake for 17-21 minutes, then allow to cool.

Place apple pie filling in a bowl, and using a knife or fork, carefully break down the slices of apple into chunks.

Cut center out, and spoon in apple pie filling.  I used almost the entire can of pie filling for 20 cupcakes.

Make the frosting

Chill your bowl and beater(s) in the freezer for 2 minutes.

Beat the butter until creamy.

Add vanilla & cinnamon and beat another 20 seconds until combined.

Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until blended.

Add 1-2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream, and beat for another 2 minutes.

Frost cupcakes, then sprinkle with graham crumbs.  ENJOY!!

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5 from 7 votes

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Vanilla Buttercream

These simple, yummy cupcakes will definitely make you feel cozy and ready for fall weather!

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice or combine 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, and allspice OR nutmeg
  • 1 can 20 oz apple pie filling

Cinnamon Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 -2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream add until you have the frosting consistency you want
  • 3-5 graham crackers crushed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare cupcake pan (my silicone pans are the BEST!) with fun cupcake liners, then spray lightly.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, eggs, oil and apple pie spice until just combined. Don't over mix, or you'll add air to the batter!
  • Bake for 17-21 minutes, then allow to cool.
  • Place apple pie filling in a bowl, and using a knife or fork, carefully break down the slices of apple into chunks.
  • Cut center out, and spoon in apple pie filling.  I used almost the entire can of pie filling for 20 cupcakes.

Make the frosting

  • Chill your bowl and beater(s) in the freezer for 2 minutes.
  • Beat the butter until creamy.
  • Add vanilla & cinnamon and beat another 20 seconds until combined.
  • Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until blended.
  • Add 1-2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream, and beat for another 2 minutes.
  • Frost cupcakes, then sprinkle with graham crumbs.  ENJOY!!

Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Those are fun cupcakes. We had summer this weekend with record high of 101 degrees. Tonight we’re getting WINTER and SNOW.

  2. gloria patterson Reply

    5 stars
    I would almost kill for one of these cupcakes right this minute. They look so good and so moist……… I am on a apple kick, raw or cooked I want them

  3. 5 stars
    They look delicious Im going to try to make them hopefully they turn out yummy looking like yours

  4. 5 stars
    This Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Vanilla Buttercream recipe does sound and look absolutely delicious. I enjoy a cupcake with my cup of tea!

  5. Cassandra D Reply

    5 stars
    Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Vanilla Buttercream look delicious and I would love to make these delicious cupcakes.

  6. Given the season I am always looking for good and not so hard apple recipes. This looks like one that my family will devour in not time.

  7. Dorothy Boucher Reply

    5 stars
    You make it look so easy here, i’m glad I stumbled on this pate, would love to give this a try with the grandchildren, we all about apples and that frosting sounds super tasty!!
    @tisonlyme143

  8. These are absolute heaven. Really like cinnamon and haven’t had it in a long time.

  9. Julie Waldron Reply

    These sound really good and are perfect for fall. Would be great for a harvest party.

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