Easy Scrumptious Apple Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are simply delicious. With cinnamon and vanilla flavour, this decadent cupcake will be a comfort treat on cold autumn days.

apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Easy Apple Cupcakes

These easy apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are one of the sweet treats you want to bake at the end of summer when the apple harvest is at its peak. 

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And the recipe I’m sharing with you is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is literally dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix them well, put them in a tin, and bake. That’s how easy it is.

But you’ll get apple cupcakes that are moist, soft, and rich. And they have a hint of tangy flavor from the granny smith apple.

And the cream cheese frosting complements the fluffy cupcake with its creaminess.

You can go over the top by filling the apple cupcakes with homemade apple jam that you can make using a stovetop. Or you can make this Instant Pot Apple Butter using your electric gadget.

But of course, you can skip it altogether and enjoy the cupcake with the frosting.

 Or, if you’re like my husband, who is not keen on any frosting, you’re more than welcome to enjoy the cupcake as it is, without the frosting.  

And if you happen to have leftover frosting, you can keep it and bake more cupcakes to go with it. These pink cupcakes are one you can try.

If you like a variety of frosting, you can also try this peanut butter cream cheese frosting.

Apart from the apples, you will need the usual ingredients for cupcakes. They are all-purpose flour/ plain flour, eggs, baking powder, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract, and yogurt. 

ingredients for apple cupcakes

Technically, you can use any apple. But I almost always use either Bramley apples or Granny Smith apples simply because I love their tangy flavor.

For the last few years, I always try to stick to any baking that uses plain flour/ all-purpose flour. Because I often get lazy in getting a particular type of flour only to make one thing and end up wasting it when it is beyond the best-before-use date.   

Hence, this recipe will only require all-purpose flour/ plain flour. Simple.

I understand some bakers and chefs will emphasize the chemistry of baking and that you have to ensure the proportion and size of every ingredient are precise. 

But I have baked this cupcake recipe with either medium or large-sized eggs without increasing the number. Either turned out just fine. 

For this apple cupcake, you only need baking powder. And two teaspoons of it are sufficient to make one recipe. 

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Apple and cinnamon are such a classic pair. Therefore, they are often used together in autopilot. 

However, I personally find marrying cinnamon and vanilla will give a better aroma. I know this can be biased and personal. So if you prefer a strong cinnamon aroma, you can use a full teaspoon of the spice and omit the vanilla. 

Plain natural yogurt is what you need. Though I often made it with Greek-style yogurt, my apple cupcakes were delicious. 

Equipment You Need

How To Make Apple Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

Firstly, peel, core, and grate the apples.

Then, in a mixing bowl, stir well all the dry ingredients, i.e., flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 

Mix the oil, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla extract in a jug. Then, pour it and mix it with the dry ingredients. 

cupcake batter with handheld mixer
1. Mix the cupcake batter
mixing the apple into cupcake batter
2. Add the grated apple
filled cupcake cases ready to bake
3. Fill the cupcake cases
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4. Fill the baked cupcakes with apple jam

Spoon and place the batter in the cupcake cases using an ice cream scoop or a spoon. Leave about a third of the case. Bake at gas 4 – 180° C/ 350°F for about 15-18 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when you touch them.

Please note that every oven has its own temperament. Some ovens heat up more easily than others. In my case, I find using gas 3.5 to bake works better. 

However, you may find it different. So you should stick to what works best for your oven and use my recipe methods as the suggestion only.

While you wait for the cupcakes to bake, whisk the heavy cream/ double cream in a mixing bowl until firm peaks. You can use a hand whisk or handheld mixer.

And in another bowl, mix the cream cheese with powdered icing sugar and a pinch of salt. 

Then, you mix the cream and cheese mixtures until they are combined. You can refrigerate it if it is a bit soft before using it. 

More Ideas For Apple Recipes

Before you go, check other apple recipes you may like.

I hope you are now interested in trying this Apple Cupcakes recipe. When you do, it will be great to share what you think about the recipe in the comments below. Please don’t hesitate to tag me on Instagram or Pinterest @soyummyrecipesbydevy when you show the picture of your creation. You can also put the photo in the comments below. I would love to see it.

Lastly, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest. To sneak a peek at what’s cooking in my kitchen. 

Thank you, and all the best.

The Recipe For Apple Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

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Apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are simply a luscious treat.
Author: Devy Dar
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time33 minutes
Course: Sweets & Desserts
Cuisine: International
Servings: 15


  • Apple corer
  • Peeler
  • Grater
  • Mixing bowls.
  • Spatula
  • Cupcake tin
  • Cupcake cases


For the cupcakes

  • 7 ounces Bramley apples or Granny Smith apples.
  • 1 cup plain flour/ all-purpose flour.
  • ½ cup granulated sugar.
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder.
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • 2 tablespoon natural yogurt.
  • 2 eggs.
  • ½ cup canola oil or vegetable oil.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 ¼ cup double cream/ heavy cream.
  • ¼ cup powdered icing sugar.
  • ½ cup cream cheese.
  • A pinch of salt


To make the cupcakes:

  • Line your cupcake tray with cupcake cases.
  • Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C/ 350°F.
  • In a mixing bowl put the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon powder, and salt. Give it a stir until it is all combined. Set aside.
  • Then put the yogurt, egg, oil, and vanilla extract in a jug. Lightly beat it until all is mixed. Set aside.
  • Peel, core, and grate the apples.
  • Next, make a hole in the center of the flour mixture and pour the egg mixture in. Using a whisk or a handheld mixer, whisk the mixture until the batter is thick and smooth.
  • Add the grated apple in, and stir the mixture using a spatula until combined.
  • Spoon the batter into the cupcake cases and bake for about 15-18 minutes at gas 4, 180°C/ 350°F. Or, until the top springs back when you touch or a skewer comes out clean when you pierce.

To make the frosting:

  • Using a whisk or a mixer (stand mixer or handheld mixer), whip the double cream until firm-peak. 
  • Then in another bowl, mix the cream cheese with the icing sugar and a pinch of salt.
  • Using a spatula, add the cheese mixture to the double cream and carefully but quickly mix it until all combined. Take care not to overmix it because it can deflate and be a bit runny. Your mixture will be softer. Put it in the refrigerator for an hour before using it. 


  • I often use granny smith apples. But you can always use cooking apples, i.e. Bramley. And I sometimes use eating apples such as red Gala or Pink Lady, they are all good. 
  • For flavoring, you can use cinnamon only. Though I prefer a combo of cinnamon and vanilla. 


Serving: 80grams | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 433IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg


Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.

Author: Devy Dar

Title: Food Writer, Recipe Developer, and Digital Content Creator.


Devy Dar founded So Yummy Recipes and Drizzling Flavor to share her love of food after exploring various cultures and cuisines for more than two decades. Her mission is to help others easily recreate traditional and non-traditional food with readily available ingredients. Her works have been featured in Reader’s Digest, Al Jazeera, MSN, Yahoo, Bon Appetit, and more. 

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these for family and everyone loved them! Perfect for fall entertaining. Will definitely make again.

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