Apple Crunch Cupcakes

In honor of Pi Day and because I’m going to be out of town for a few days and didn’t want 8 organic Gala apples to go to waste, I decided to make some apple pie.

Then, when Bret informed me that he really only likes apple pie “with ice cream” I decided to make another apple dessert instead. I searched online and kept coming back to “Apple Cake”. I didn’t have all of the ingredients (eggs, oil), so I decided to make my own recipe, and it turned out uh-mazing. Here it is:


  • Cake Ingredients
    • 4 apples, peeled & sliced
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1/2 cup of melted butter (I used this incredible vegan option)
    • 3 tablespoons of apple sauce*
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • pinch of salt
  • Topping Ingredients**
    • 1/4 cup walnuts Walnuts
    • 2 tablespoons cinnamon Cinnamon
    • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  2. Peel, core & slice apples (Thank goodness for this handy gadget)
  3. Blend sugar, melted butter, and apple sauce into a large mixing bowl
  4. Stir flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into same bowl
  5. Add apple slices and stir it all up until they are well-coated
  6. Spoon delicious apple mixture into cupcake pan
  7. Chop walnuts until fine
  8. Blend walnuts with cinnamon and sugar to create delicious topping
  9. Spoon topping on top of cupcakes
  10. Bake for 20 minutes

*I’m not really sure how much apple sauce I used

**I just layered walnuts, cinnamon and sugar. I’m not really sure how much

***I don’t even know how long they were in the oven. Wait until they smell good and the tops round up to look like cupcakes

Clearly, I did not document this process well – I didn’t know how well they would turn out. But they are DELICIOUS:

Apple Cake_1

The topping is crunch and the outside layer of the cake is a little crisp, and then the inside is gooey and apple-y and cake-y. Just perfect, and too good not to share.

Apple Cake_2


2 thoughts on “Apple Crunch Cupcakes

  1. Ha! No, Bret has never been a pie person (except cheese pie!). I will be trying this recipe. Pa Z has been begging for apple cake for years!

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