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Apple Pie Cupcakes are the most amazing cupcake you’ll ever eat – especially if you are an apple pie lover!  These cupcakes always receive RAVE reviews and are always requested!


Apple Pie Cupcakes - Main image for recipe - single cupcake in front with several in background.


Oh man, where do I even begin with these amazing Apple Pie Cupcakes?

How about they are absolutely amazing and you should make them right now?


Apple Pie Cupcakes - Cupcakes fresh out of the oven laid out


Yep that pretty much gets to the point.

However, don’t just take my word for it, how about the word of my 6 year old’s cupcake customers this summer who went NUTS for this flavor?

Many of which now claim these are especially good and are now their all time favorite flavor that we’ve ever offered.


Apple Pie Cupcakes - cupcakes hollowed out. Looking from above


Which is really saying something as we’ve offered a LOT of fabulous flavors!

If you don’t know the story from other cupcake and frosting recipes, I’ll recap it here for you.


Apple Pie Cupcakes - Cupcakes filled with apple pie filling, Photo taken from above.


My newly 6 year old started up a Cupcake and Lemonade Stand when she was 4 in our front yard.

We just happen to live next door to a large city park that every Summer does a weekly band and vendor event every Wednesday night.

So every Wednesday night, we have a LOT of people who walk past our house to go to the event.


Apple Pie Cupcakes - cupcakes filled with cake nubs put back on over pie filling. Photo taken from above


She’s done quite well and every penny goes to her college fund.

The catch is that every week not only do we offer fresh squeezed lemonade, but we also offer a new mystery flavor homemade gourmet cupcake every week too.


Apple Pie Cupcakes - Cupcakes filled, frosted and with pie crust sticking out of frosting


The weekly flavor is always a mystery and in order to find out what the flavor is, you have to stop by!

It’s a great marketing ploy!

On our last night of the 2016 season, we featured these Apple Pie Cupcakes.


Apple Pie Cupcakes - Pie crust rolled out with butter and cinnamon on it


As a result, they instantly became a hit with everyone who tried them and declared by our regulars as a top favorite of all the cupcakes we’ve offered.

With praise like that, how can we NOT feature our cupcake on Num’s the Word!


Apple Pie Cupcakes - Pie crust bites on cookie sheet not yet baked


And so my dear friends, this is our version of an Apple Pie Cupcake.

It’s a favorite among our family and friends and will quickly become a favorite of yours too!

Now once you read the directions, you may think this is a labor intensive cupcake.


Apple Pie Cupcakes - Baked pie crust pieces ready to be put into the frosting of a cupcake


It just seems that way, however these apple pie cupcakes are totally worth making.

If you want to cheat, use store bought apple pie filling and store bought rolled pie crusts.


Apple Pie Cupcakes - close up of a single cupcake with wrapper peeled down, ready to be eaten!


However, the cupcake really is worth the effort.  It’s amazing!

If you love apples, you should check out some of the most amazing apple recipes at the bottom of this post!

A few foodie friends and I got together and created a few tasty apple treats to share with you!


Yield: 24 cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes - Cupcakes filled, frosted and with pie crust sticking out of frosting
Inactive Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour


  • FILLING: 1 recipe for Sauteed Apples, diced up
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  • 1 (16 - 18 ounce) box white cake mix
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
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  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
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  • PIE CRUST COOKIES: 1 recipe for Pie Crust Cookies - use your own homemade pie crust or store bought.


Make sauteed apples and set aside, this will be your filling trust me they taste just like apple pie filling! Allow to cool while you are making cupcakes.
Make sure to dice up your apples either before or after you sautee them.
Preheat oven to 325*F
Line cupcake pan with liners and set aside.
Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, combine cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Mix to incorporate.
Add water, oil, vanilla, sour cream and eggs. Mix well until mixture is smooth.
Add cinnamon, nutmeg and apple pie spice. Mix well.
Using a large cookie scoop, fill each liner 3/4 full with cake batter.
Bake for 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
While cupcakes are cooling, make Spiced Buttercream Frosting.
Using a stand or hand mixer, blend butter until smooth & creamy.
Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until fully incorporated.
Add vanilla and mix well.
Add heavy whipping cream and blend well until full mixed in.
Add cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
Set aside.
Make pie crust cookies (cut into small pieces as shown in photos), set aside.
When cupcakes are cooled, hollow out cupcakes with a knife or a tool.
Spoon diced up sauteed apples into the center of each cupcake.
Place a little of the filling or cupcake nub back on top of filling.
Pipe frosting and any decorations you want onto cupcake and promptly devour 2.


Check out all the other delicious APPLE recipes below from bloggers who took part in our 30 Day Apple Challenge.


Apple Pie Cupcakes - Collage for apple round up.

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Thursday 13th of June 2019

Just found your website and all I can say is I wish I would have found it sooner! I love that you use wasc for you cupcakes and your buttercreams look so good. Going to make your Oreo buttercream this weekend for my nieces birthday party! Thank you for you’re great looking recipes! Oh and love the kids lemonade stand/gourmet cupcakes I may steal your idea and do this with my 2 children! 😊


Friday 21st of August 2020

So glad you found us! Hope you enjoyed the cupcakes!

Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

Wednesday 5th of October 2016

Oh my goodness, I especially love the sound of that Spiced Buttercream Frosting!


Wednesday 5th of October 2016

Can you make these gluten free ?


Friday 21st of August 2020

Yes! Just start with a GF mix and add GF flour. Should work! Great question!


Monday 3rd of October 2016

Mmm.. I never met a cupcake I did't like and apple pie is my fav! I'm sure these are amazing!


Sunday 2nd of October 2016

These were my absolute favorite cupcakes this summer! So glad you shared the recipe here!


Thursday 7th of March 2019

Sheena, these are some of my favorite cupcakes too! So glad that you enjoyed them and that you used my recipe! Thank you for your comment! Enjoy!

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