Sunday, 24 February 2008

apple crumble cupcakes

these cupcakes were featured on All Things Cupcake in their weekly cupcake collection

i have decided to get involved in the Master Baker challenge for this month, which specifies that you must bake something with cinnamon. well, i don't know about you...but i love apple crumble...always have, always will. there's just something so comforting and warm about apples and cinnamons. so after searching for a my shock and horror, there were none! how can the wonders of apple crumble not yet been captured in the shape of a cupcake? oh, well, never one to be phased by these things, i set about doing it myself. so what does apple crumble need? something apple-y, something crumbly and something vanilla to top it all off! and by that we have our ingredients already! so i went with an apple cupcake, a crumble topping and some vanilla buttercream icing. what a perfect combination, if i do say so myself! i'm gonna post the recipe for this one (as i am yet to find one already out there) and as you have probably noticed for most of my other cupcakes i don't. well basically that is because i am already using recipes that are out there and don't see the purpose of re-publishing them on my blog so people think they are my own. if they are, i'll publish them, ok? so here is what i came up with....

Cupcakes :
1 1/2 c. plain flour
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/8 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. salt
1 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 c. butter
3 eggs
3/4 c. milk
1 c. grated apple

Crumble :
2 t. cold butter
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. plain flour
1/2 c. oatmeal
1/4 c. chopped walnuts

Icing :
4 oz. butter
3 1/2 c. icing sugar
1 t. vanilla essence

For Cupcakes :
preheat oven to whatever works best for you usually. line cupcake pan with cases.
in your electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
sift together dry ingredients - flour, spices, salt, baking powder in a small bowl.
add dry ingredients alternating with milk. beat until smooth.
add in grated apple.
scoop batter into cupcake pan and top with crumble then bake for 20-25 mins.

For Crumble :
combine butter, flour, sugar and oatmeal in a bowl. toss gently until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. add walnuts and sprinkle on cupcakes.

For Icing :
beat butter in electric mixer until fluffy. add vanilla essence. then slowly add icing sugar one cup at a time or until reach desired consistency. pipe it on! devour!
ok, so final result...i really liked it. the crumbly topping tasted so good with the oatmeal in it and had a slight crispy-ness to it (but perhaps could have been more crispy), the cupcake was fine, it didn't rise as much as i expected (could this have been the crumble topping?) and the vanilla buttercream...well, that speaks for itself! it definitely captured the essence of 'apple crumble' so in that respect...mission a-cupcake-d!


Unknown said...

ummmm - now this just sounds just scruptious - right up my alley. you truely are one super chef!

Anonymous said...

Those look ....amazing. mmm.

CB said...

Your cupcake has been chosen for ATC’s Weekly Cupcake Collection! Click the link to see more. Looking forward to your next cupcake creation!

Unknown said...

hey fi - thanks for dropping by

thanks marye!

thanks clara - it's always a great honour to be featured on ATC

Anty Harton said...

Thanks Sinead.
Your cupcakes always look so yummy as usual. You are really talented.
And that sumo pecan nut, it's just funny. I didn't really notice it until it was mentioned.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe. I knew I wanted to make an apple cupcake but needed some inspiration. I made a mash up of your cupcake and the Apple Pie one from alpineberry. Used her cake recipe with sauted apple baked on top. Then I frosted it with cinnamon icing and used your idea of crumble topping. Instead of baking in the cupcakes, I baked it separate and crumbled it on top of the iced cupcakes. They came out amazing! Thank you again!

sprinkles said...

Yum! We have included your cupcake in our 25 Fab Fall cupcakes.

Unknown said...

thank you so much sprinkles for kindly including me in your 25 fab fall cupcakes. you made my day :)