Extremely Delicious Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes
These apple cupcakes are inspired by my mom’s delicious apple cake. She makes an apple cake that I absolutely love. I first made these for one of my uncle’s birthday and everybody loved them. I recently made these again for a cousin of mine who immediately wanted to know the recipe :). I told her I’d post it on my site soon. So here it is, my ‘little’ take on my mom’s delicious apple cake!
First off, let’s get your essentials: sugar, cinnamon, buttermilk, self-raising flour, lemon, apples, raisins, butter and eggs.
Next, take a muffin tin and line it with paper cups. Set aside.
Peel and core the apples and cut into small pieces.
Squeeze the juice of ½ a lemon into the apples.
Add two tablespoons of raisins.
Not just any raisins though, but raisins soaked in some lovely spiced golden rum (if you’re not into alcohol just add raisins that have been soaked in water, but if you’re into alcohol, trust me it makes all the difference!).
Next, add sugar and cinnamon.
And mix until all the apple pieces and raisins are coated with cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
In a bowl of an electric mixer add butter and sugar.
And almond essence. And start mixing till it’s nice and creamy.
While the butter mixture is mixing whisk up the eggs and add buttermilk.
Whisk buttermilk and eggs together. Set aside.
If you haven’t already done so, sift your self raising flour.
Now it’s time to check your butter mixture. It should look something like this, nice and creamy.
With your mixture on a medium speed add half the egg mixture.
When the egg is incorporated add half of the flour.
When the flour is incorporated repeat the process…
Add the rest of the egg mixture.
And the rest of the flour. Mix for another 30 seconds, and…
You end up with this delicious batter.
Divide your batter into your prepared paper cups. Fill them about 1/2 – 1/3 full.
Now it’s time to add a bit of the apple mixture on top of the batter.
And drizzle just a little bit of the juices left behind of the apple mixture on top of each cupcake. Then it’s into the oven they go!
After about 25-30 minutes they should look like this. Oooohhh…Yummy!
Put them on a wire rack to cool. Now you can eat them just like this, or at least, I can, and they will be delicious, but to make them even more delicious, it’s time to add a little caramel.
I usually taste one at this stage, because, well, it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make 🙂
For the caramel you will need: sugar, spiced rum, water and cinnamon.
In a saucepan, add sugar, water,
Bring slowly to the boil while stirring. Make sure the sugar has melted completely.
Keep on stirring when it starts foaming a little.
When it looks almost like this, take off the heat immediately.
Drizzle over the cupcakes. Oooohh, yummy!! Now you could eat them like this (after the caramel is cooled) and they will be delicious, BUT, if you want to make them Extremely delicious, it’s time to add the cream cheese topping.
Take your cream cheese frosting and mix it with a tablespoon of cinnamon.
Pipe it on to your cupcakes. As little or as much as you want. I like these cupcakes with just a little frosting on top.
And finish off with another little drizzle of caramel over the cream cheese frosting. And there you have it, an extremely delicious apple and cinnamon cupcake. I could eat these everyday, they are, extremely delicious!
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Do let me know in the comments if you’ve made them and don’t forget to rate the recipe and give it a star!