Spiced Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

24 Dec

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This recipe just screams Christmas. Between the spicy cinnamon and the indulgent cream cheese frosting, it is the perfect little treat around the holidays or to leave out for Santa. It is easy to throw together and you can even get the kids involved. I used fudge chunks to decorate mine but you could use a number of things such as caramelized apple slices or a drizzle of toffee sauce. You could also hollow out the middle or the cupcake and put a little surprise in such as some stewed apple or even a spoon of good quality or homemade mincemeat to make it really festive.

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Spiced Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cheese Frosting (Makes about 18-20 cupcakes)

1 1/4 cup plain flour

1 1/2-2tsp cinnamon

1/4tsp nutmeg

1tsp baking soda

a pinch of salt

112g butter, softened

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4cup dark brown sugar

2 eggs

1tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup apple sauce mixed with 1/2tsp cinnamon or 1/2 cup apple butter

2 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored and finely diced

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

200g cream cheese, room temp

1/4 cup butter, softened

1tsp  vanilla extract

2tsp cinnamon, or to taste

2-3 cups icing sugar, depending on required stiffness

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc/350ºf and lined 2 cupcake trays with paper cases.
  • Sieve the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter until soft and creamy, about 1min, then add the 2 types of sugar and beat again until pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs 1 at a time then add the vanilla.
  • Fold in half the flour mixture then add the apple sauce and fold in. Add in the diced apple and the rest of the flour and fold in again.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared cases and bake in the oven for 18-20mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove from the tins and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • For the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together until soft and creamy. Mix in the vanilla and cinnamon then sieve in the icing sugar a bit at a time until you get the right consistency.

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