Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Apple Streusel Cupcakes

Yes, I realize that the first post we've written in months was cupcakes and the second is also about cupcakes.  What can I say?  It's fall and finally cool enough to use the oven, so I'm making up for lost time.  Some of you may remember Sumiko's amazing Apple Streusel Cake she posted at the beginning of the year.  And let me emphasize the amazing part, because it truly is.  This post is just an adaptation of her cake into cupcakes.  It's pretty much the same with just a few minor adjustments.  I wanted to make this for my hubby to take to work, but figured cupcakes would be much easier than a cake in that type of environment.  I also took them to community group at our church and they were a major hit at both events, with several people asking for the recipe.  So, go make them today because you won't regret it (unless you're on a diet, of course). :)  But even then, they're so good, you still might not regret it.

Apple Streusel Cupcakes

Streusel Topping
2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp cinnamon
1 c. butter, melted

½ c. water
4 eggs
1 c. sour cream
1 c. vegetable oil
1 box vanilla cake mix
1½ small boxes instant vanilla pudding (or 1 large)
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
3 or 4 medium apples (we prefer Fuji and Gala)

½ c. powdered sugar
2-3 tsp. water

Prepare muffin tins by lining with paper cupcake wrappers.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix all streusel topping ingredients and cream together; set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°.  For cupcakes, place water in microwave about 30 seconds to heat.  Meanwhile, in mixing bowl, combine eggs, sour cream, vegetable oil, cake mix, pudding mix, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Add warm water.

Mix on low until combined.  Increase speed to medium and mix about 2 minutes.  Fold about 1 c. streusel topping into batter, being careful not to over mix.

Carefully scoop batter into prepared cupcake tins, filling each one just over half full.  

Peel and core apples.  Cut into small bite-sized pieces.  Place on top of batter in cupcake tins.  Crumble remaining streusel topping over apples.

Bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.  Remove to wire rack.  Let cool until handleable; remove from tins and cool completely on a wire rack.  In small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and water; drizzle over cooled cupcakes.

Yields about 30 cupcakes.

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