Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Apple cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese IcingWe celebrated Apple Day in the first grade at the end of September. Knowing how J likes to repeat these activities over and over, I was prepared and had apples at the read y for whichever activity or food he wanted to repeat at home.

You know we had to do bobbing for apples a few hundred times. Luckily, we had yet another heat wave so dunking his head was actually pretty refreshing. Not that it would have mattered to him …

Apple Bobbing
Apple Bobbing is hard when you are missing your front teeth!


Not surprisingly when I asked if he wanted to bake a pie like they ate at school or cupcakes he chose the cupcakes. We can only bring store bought foods to school for these activities per district policy. And the crusts on the pies looked very unappetizing. Most of the kids just picked the apples out and left the crust.

So, when I showed J the recipe for these Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing, he begged to make them instead of pie. Low fat and high in fiber, no objections from Mommy.

The recipe is from Sesame Street: B is for Baking – 50 Yummy Dishes to Make Together with a few alterations for our tastes. Even though the book is written for preschoolers, it is still one of our favorite cookbooks. Now, I just let J do more of the steps than I did when he was 3 or 4.

This was his first attempt at peeling an apple.


Perhaps I need a better peeler for him to use if we are going to try again. After this shot, I held his hands and we did it together. M’eh – I leave the skin on most foods (apples, potatoes and carrots) or use a paring knife so he hasn’t really seen it in action.

Then I sliced the apple into manageable slices and let him chop them from there with a table knife.

cutting apples

No sliced fingers like during last year’s Apple Day. Hooray! I chopped them finer when his back was turned because I knew he would spit it out if he bit into a big chunk of slightly uncooked apple in his cupcake.

Other than that, he did most of the work himself from measuring and mixing to attempting to fill the cupcake liners. He only did a few and then left it for me so he could go watch cartoons.

One quick word about the Icing. This is not a thick fluffy buttercream frosting. It is a rich maple brown sugar icing that is a bit runny, but firms up nicely. It is a nice compliment to the cupcakes and doesn’t overwhelm them like a frosting would. Contrary to what is portrayed on Cupcake Wars, every cupcake does not have to have an equal amount of frosting piped on the top. (note, I am not a frosting hater, I loooove buttercream, just not on these).

The Icing is so good by itself it would make a great fruit dip!

Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time20 minutes
Total time30 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Fruit
Occasion Autumn
From book Sesame Street: B is for Baking
Low fat Apple Cupcakes loaded with apple sauce and freshly chopped apples topped with a Maple Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Icing.


  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Large egg
  • 3/4 cups apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup apple (peeled, cored and finely chopped)


  • 4oz reduced fat cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup real maple strup (approximate measure)


To make your own applesauce, finely chop an apple, cover with water and simmer until soft. Put apple and enough water to make 3/4 cup in a blender and puree.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with 12 liners
In a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until blended
apple cupcakes - dry ingredients
Add egg, applesauce and oil. Mix with an electric mixer on medium low for 2 to 3 minutes, stopping once or twice to scrape the sides of the bowl.
Stir in chopped apples.
apple cupcakes - stir in chopped apples
Fill the cupcake liners 1/2 - 3/4 full. Bake 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on a cooling rack.
apple cupcakes ready for the oven
While the cupcakes are baking, in a small bowl mash together the cream cheese and brown sugar. Add the maple syrup a tablespoon or so at a time to thin the icing. This is not buttercream frosting it will not be thick and fluffy. It is meant to be a slightly runny glaze.

If it seems like it is getting too runny, don't add the full amount of syrup. Put in fridge until cupcakes are baked and cool. It will thicken upon standing.
Remove icing from fridge and stir. Add more maple syrup to thin if necessary. Using a teaspoon, scoop out a small amount of cake from the top of the cupcake, then fill the whole and the top of the cupcake with a tablespoon or so of icing. Add the removed scoop of cake on top for decoration.

Alternate: do not scoop out a bit of cake and add an apple slice on top. This should be done immediately before serving to prevent the apple from become brown and unappealing.
apple cupcakes, decorate the top

Until next time, happy eating.

Daily Dish Magazine

14 thoughts on “Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing”

  1. Audrey, These sound so awesome, thank you for sharing them on Foodie Friends Friday. I want to let you know that I picked these as my host favorite.. they will be featured over at the daily dish magazine and on my party post for this week. Hope you will join us this for this week’s party.

  2. i so wish we had Apple Day! i wish we had all those days actually lol I clicked over and read the other post Apple Day looks like a great day to have!
    How good are you doing the games and things at home! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us for Sunday Brunch, always lovely to see you x

  3. how fun (and maybe a bit scary) to cook with the kids in the kitchen 🙂 recipe sounds and looks delish. I can’t wait to try these apple cupcakes and maple cream cheese icing! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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