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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Iron Cupcake: Earth - Winter Warm Up

I am back with another Iron Cupcake: Earth entry! This month's challenge is Winter Warm Up, meaning anything that warms you up during a cold winter. For me, that would be an oven baking something nostalgic like cupcakes and apple pies...

Hold on, what about apple cupcakes? I remembered seeing an apple cake on smitten kitchen that looked very "give-me-a-slice-right-now!"

This was a daring experiment for me, since Deb baked hers in a tube pan, so I learned that some things don't translate well in other formats... One more thing, I'm sorry for the poor photo quality! It was a gloomy winter day and without sunlight, my photos simply... well you can see for yourself:

Apple chunks and cinnamon!

Mmm, don't you love smooth batter?

I tried two different apple placements:
Left: Apple chunks on the bottom
Right: Apple chunks on the top

Top-half and bottom-half!

The winner! Apple chunks on the bottom make for a much neater cupcake. Plus, after cooling, the cupcakes with the apple chunks on top began to sank. But, if you like how the apple chunks look on top, I would try and put less batter in your cupcake liner?

Apple Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from smitten kitchen
(Makes about 28 regular cupcakes)

3 apples
1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 3/4 cups of sifted flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of vegetable oil
2 cups of brown sugar
1/4 cup of orange/passion fruit/peach juice (I didn't have plain orange juice)
2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 large eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and have all ingredients at room temperature. Also have your cupcake liners ready.
  2. Core and chop the apples into chunks. I kept the skin on the apple, but you can peel yours if you prefer to. Add in the cinnamon and brown sugar. Stir to evenly distribute the cinnamon and sugar on the apple chunks.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  4. Using an electric mixer, whisk the oil, juice, sugar, and vanilla extract together.
  5. Add the dry ingredients in two parts.
  6. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix until the batter is combined.
  7. Evenly distribute the apple chunks, place them in the bottom of your cupcake liners.
  8. Pour the batter over the apple chunks, filling the liners about 3/4 full.
  9. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
I attempted a casual nutmeg buttercream. It did not turn out very well, therefore I won't be posting that bad recipe!

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Verdict? Sweet and delicious!


  1. Aw. They're super cute, despite your photo disclaimers. ;)

  2. Pooey, but thanks! I'm glad you think they still look cute in poor lighting conditions. =P

  3. Super cute! These look perfect. I like the apples on the bottom look better I think.

  4. Oh man that shot of the smooth batter reminds me of being a kid. My mother bakes a lot and when I was a kid, no matter what she made, I always wanted to lick the mixers. I'd ask her every time, and she'd say something like, "No you can't lick this, this has raw eggs in it." I really didn't understand that problem. Part of me still doesn't. Mmm batter.

  5. These look delicious! Yup, the apples on the bottom win big time :) LOVE the batter shot, I eat a LOT of batter :P

  6. Smitten Sugar - Thank you! I'm sure apples on top would look good if I didn't fill the cup with so much batter, the cake just pushed the apples out!

    Boomka - Thanks! I'm always tempted with batter, but the same voice reminds me of raw eggs too.

    Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] - Hahahah, what's your favourite kind of batter to eat? Cookie or cake?