Apple cupcakes recipe

(190 ratings)

Apple cupcakes
  • healthy
Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories158 Kcal8%
Sugar10.5 g12%
Fat7.4 g11%
Saturated Fat2 g10%
Protein2.6 g5%
Carbohydrates20.5 g8%

Make these sweet apple cupcakes using apples like Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Braeburn.

The lemon juice really brings the flavour of the apple out in the buttery sponge. A teaspoon of cinnamon gives these cupcakes a hint of spice. This recipe makes 24 cupcakes; ideal for bake sales, parties, or as part of an afternoon tea spread.


  • 2 eating apples of your choice, peeled, cored and chopped into very fine pieces
  • Juice of 2 large lemons
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 220g butter
  • 4 med eggs
  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon

You'll also need:

  • 2 x 12-hole muffin trays
  • 24 cupcake papers




  1. Preheat the oven 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Line two 12-hole muffin trays with cupcake papers.
  2. Squeeze the lemons into a small bowl and set 2tbsp of juice aside until required. Pour the rest of the juice over the chopped apples to prevent the apple going brown.
  3. Beat together the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Add 2tbsp of lemon juice. Add the flour and cinnamon, and mix together.
  4. Put 2tbsp of mixture into each cupcake paper. Divide the chopped apple evenly between the cupcakes and place on top of the cake mixture. Top with the remaining mixture.
  5. Bake for 20 mins in the preheated oven, or until the centre springs back when lightly pressed.
  6. Cool cupcakes in the muffin trays for 5 mins before removing the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Decorate with lemon buttercream frosting and a thinly sliced apple and edible glitter.
  8. To make the stripes in the apple decorations, use a vegetable peeler to remove a stripe of peel from around the apple in a spiral before slicing thinly and placing on the cupcakes.

Top tips for making apple cupcakes

We’ve topped our cupcakes with a light lemon buttercream by Primrose Bakery, but you could opt for classic vanilla buttercream or even chocolate buttercream if preferred.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies