Adventures of a Cake Diva

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A Taste of Autumn — Apple Walnut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting 09/18/2011

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I topped my cupcakes off with chopped walnuts. I think that an apple chip would make a lovely garnish, too.

   This time of year always brings to mind memories of my childhood—back to school shopping, football games, and picking apples in an orchard.  Every time that we would pick apples, we would pick far too many, and my mother would have to figure out what to do with the abundance.  If you are finding yourself in this situation (and even if you aren’t), I invite you to try this Apple Walnut Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting.  You can actually taste a bit of autumn in every bite.   

    This cupcake is not for the faint-hearted nor is it for a dainty-sort of cupcake eater.  It’s a hearty cupcake that almost reminds me of a muffin.  It is loaded with chopped apples and walnuts.  With lots of cream cheese frosting on top.  Amazing cream cheese frosting.  It’s seriously good, and quite easy to make.      

Apple Walnut Cupcakes

2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 1/4 cups chopped apples (I like Granny Smith apples with this recipe)

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

    Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Beat eggs with milk, butter, and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir until the mixtures are just barely combined.  Then, stir in the apples and walnuts.  Scoop batter into the cupcake tins.  Bake for 18-20 minutes.  Cool for about 5 minutes and then remove cupcakes from tins and place on cooling rack.   Makes 12 cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Frosting  – Recipe from Edna de la Cruz

1 stick of butter

8 ounces cream cheese

4 cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

   Beat butter and cream cheese until well combined.  Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time.  Finally, add milk.  Beat until smooth.  Yields about 2 1/2 cups of frosting, which is enough to ice one dozen cupcakes.  Store frosting in the fridge.


4 Responses to “A Taste of Autumn — Apple Walnut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. susandalzell Says:

    Sounds yummy! I’m going apple picking later this week, and this just might be the perfect thing to do with those apples. The thought of me baking is pretty funny, though, isn’t it? Thanks for the inspiration!

    • acakediva Says:

      Thanks, Susie! I’m working on an apple crisp cupcake recipe for next week’s post, so you’ll have another option of what to do with all of those apples. Have fun apple picking and (hopefully) baking!

  2. Joanna Says:

    HI Brooke! Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post. It certainly is that time of year for apple cakes ;). I’ve never made a cream cheese frosting, something I’ve got to try one of these days soon as it looks really delicious on your cupcakes. All the best Joanna

    • acakediva Says:

      Hi Joanna, Thanks for your comment and for visiting my blog. You should give cream cheese frosting a go–it’s delicious and easy to make.


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