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September Bake It! recipe – apple crumble cupcakes

September 4, 2010

Thank you to everyone who joined in with last month’s recipe – lovely to see some new faces too. All the creations looked yummy and there were some great variations involving different chocolate, apples and cinnamon. Congratulations to Sian at Pumpkin and Piglet who the random number generator picked as the winner of the lovely glass cake stand – enjoy!

This month’s recipe is apple crumble cupcakes, which I came up with to use up some cooking apples I have leftover. If you don’t have cooking apples then I’m sure eating apples would work just as well, you may just need one extra for the recipe as cooking apples are generally bigger than eating apples.

Ingredients – makes 12 cupcakes

125g baking margarine (I use Stork)

125g caster sugar

125g self raising flour, sieved

2 eggs

For the topping – (does make more than you need so you could get away with halving the recipe!)

1 Bramley apple (or a couple of eating apples)

1 tbsp lemon juice

125g self raising flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

75g butter, chilled

75g demerara sugar

1 tbsp milk


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and place 12 cupcakes cases in a muffin tray.

2. Finely dice the apples and sprinkle with lemon juice to stop them going brown.

3. Next make the crumble topping. Sieve the flour and cinnamon into a large bowl. Dice the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Alternatively place the flour, cinnamon and butter in a food processor and blitz.

4. Stir the demerara sugar into the crumble mix and set the bowl aside ready to sprinkle over the cakes later.

5. Now make the cupcake bases. Cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. You can either do this with a wooden spoon or in a food mixer.

6. Beat the eggs in a separate jug and add them a little at a time to the marg and sugar mix. It helps to stop the mixture curdling if you add a spoonful of flour to the mix each time you add some egg.

7. Once all the egg has been incorporated, add the flour and fold in with a metal spoon. Alternatively, mix with your food mixer.

8. Divide the cupcake batter between the 12 cupcakes cases – each one should be about half filled, maybe a little less.

9. Next sprinkle some diced apple over the top of the cupcake batter.

10. Now add a tablespoon of milk to the crumble topping and mix. Then sprinkle it over the top of the cakes. I found I had quite a bit of topping left over, which I used to make some mini apple crumbles. But you could freeze it to use at a later date.

11. Bake for around 20 minutes until the cakes are golden and cooked through. The tops should feel springy when pressed lightly.

12. Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tin then transfer to a wire rack.

They are delicious served warm with cream or ice cream, or once cooled with a cup of tea. The cupcakes keep well in a tin for a few days.

Don’t forget to add your photos to the Flickr group and blog your yummy creations. Grab yourself a blog badge from the sidebar too if you’d like. I will put up a Linky on Thurs 23rd Sept for you to add your blog post links to, which will stay open until 8pm Thurs 30th Sept. Then I will pick one random baker to win a copy of the bestselling book What’s New, Cupcake?

Happy Baking everyone! x

37 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Hankey permalink
    September 4, 2010 2:59 pm

    They sound scrummy. Presumably this could be made as one larger dessert type cake but just cooked a little longer than for cupcakes.

    • amylane permalink*
      September 4, 2010 3:05 pm

      Yes, you could easily make it as one large cake instead of cupcakes.

  2. September 4, 2010 7:38 pm

    I was so excited to win! Thanks Amy and thanks to Dee for the cake stand. The cupcakes look fab! I’ll do my best but I may have to miss this month as we will be moving at the end of September. I’m guessing I will be surrounded by boxes and have little chance to get into the kitchen but I’ll definitely be back next month 😀

    • amylane permalink*
      September 4, 2010 8:51 pm

      Good luck with the move. Hope you like your prize, x

  3. September 4, 2010 8:56 pm

    mmmmm they look fab xx

  4. September 5, 2010 8:31 am

    These sound amazing, just the kind of muffin I love. Shame my oven is still broken 😦

    • amylane permalink*
      September 5, 2010 10:40 am

      Oh no! Go use your neighbours oven 😉 x

  5. September 5, 2010 1:44 pm

    Yay – another new recipe to try!! Apple crumble is one of my fav desserts, so I should really like these!

    • amylane permalink*
      September 5, 2010 2:00 pm

      Oh good, hope you enjoy them 🙂

  6. September 6, 2010 9:15 am

    These sound so good! Didn’t get the chance to take part last month but will try and make sure to set aside some time this month to do these. Very excited!

    • amylane permalink*
      September 6, 2010 9:33 am

      Cool, hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  7. September 6, 2010 8:55 pm

    Mmmmmm scrum!!!! A fine looking seasonal recipe. Might have to scrump a few apples from the neighbour’s tree for this!!!!!!

    • amylane permalink*
      September 6, 2010 9:03 pm

      Good idea 🙂 I was given a huge bag of apples by the lady who lives opposite us so I’m into apple recipes at the moment! x

  8. September 6, 2010 9:16 pm

    Oh wow, they sound and look yummy!

  9. September 7, 2010 1:31 pm

    They look fab as does that book! Will get my cooking apron on! 🙂

    • amylane permalink*
      September 7, 2010 1:45 pm

      Yay! Happy baking, x

  10. September 13, 2010 2:20 pm

    What a great recipe and a very nice blog.

  11. Gemma permalink
    September 18, 2010 9:02 am

    Yum, they were delicious! Have just blogged about our baking session… I’m new to the Bake It club but hoping you’ll have me… 🙂

    • amylane permalink*
      September 18, 2010 9:14 am

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe. You are most welcome in the Bake It! club – thank you for joining in, x

  12. September 28, 2010 8:02 am

    They were really yummy, posted on my blog and got comments from people who agreed with me!

  13. October 19, 2010 12:50 pm

    Dont have caster sugar here-what would you use instead? Confectionary sugar?

    • amylane permalink*
      October 19, 2010 1:16 pm

      Hmmm…. I would have thought confectionery sugar is more like icing sugar. Do you have any kind of cane sugar?

  14. November 17, 2010 3:26 pm

    These look sooooo good!

    • amylane permalink*
      November 17, 2010 3:54 pm

      Thank you, they did go down rather well 🙂

  15. emma permalink
    December 1, 2011 10:08 pm

    would like to say thanks, tried the apple crumble cupcakes, they was easy to make and taste lovely. went down a treat x

    • amylane permalink*
      December 1, 2011 11:08 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them, x


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