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adapted from Donna Hay Magazine #27 by Mary of


  • Cupcakes
  • 2 1/4 all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 9 ounces (2 sticks plus 2 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened at room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon or orange zest
  • 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) whole milk
  • Apple Topping
  • 3 tbsp (40 g) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • Cinnamon Frosting
  • 12 ounces (3 sticks / 340g) unsalted butter, softened at room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • To cook the apples
  • Place butter and sugar in a large fry pan over low-medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add apple slices and cook for 8-10 minutes or until apples are lightly caramelized. Remove apples from pan and let cool completely.
  • To make the cupcakes
  • Preheat oven to 325F. Line 24 4-fl-oz-capacity muffin wells with paper liners.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside dry ingredients.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides if the bowl occasionally. Beat in the vanilla and grated zest.
  • On low speed, add the flour mixture and mix until flour is barely incorporated. Add the milk and mix until just smooth.
  • Divide the batter among lined muffin wells, filling each well about 2/3 full. Top with the apples.
  • Bake at 325F until a cake tested comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool cupcakes on cooling racks. Make sure cupcakes are completely cooled before frosting.
  • To frost the cupcakes
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the confectioner's sugar and cinnamon and beat for another 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Frost the cupcakes with an icing spatula or piping bag. Optional: Lightly dust frosted cupcakes with 2-3 tsp ground cinnamon.

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