Little apple cupcakes – for Rosh Hashanah, apple day, or whenever!

How cute are these apple cupcakes? I love them! Almost too cute to eat. Not quite though, eh?! Kipper certainly thought so, she scoffed several of them…

Easy to make and super cute, these little apple cupcakes are a seasonal autumn treat - perfect for back-to-school, Rosh Hashanah or apple day.

I had the idea for these months ago, when I saw how you can insert a ball of tin-foil into the side of your cupcake case to make the finished cake heart shaped. I figured a heart shaped cake, topped with sliced apple and finished with a pretzel-stick ‘stem’ would make a sweet apple cupcake. I love it when I’m right 🙂

You can see how to insert the foil balls, and fill and top the cupcakes here:

how to make apple cupcakes

The leaves were all Kipper’s idea. She suggested inserting a mint or basil leaf and using the ‘stem’ to hold it in place. She was thrilled at how they worked out.

Easy to make and super cute, these little apple cupcakes are a seasonal autumn treat - perfect for back-to-school, Rosh Hashanah or apple day.

These delicious and lightly spiced apple cupcakes, brushed with a smidgen of honey, would make a wonderful Rosh Hashanah treat – especially if you’re fed up with honey cake. They’d also be great for an apple day celebration, or even as a treat for teacher. We took a tray of them to Kipper’s back-to-school picnic, and they went down a storm.

I used mixed spice in the recipe, but cinnamon, or even pumpkin pie spice, would give a lovely sweet autumnal flavour alongside the apple. These are just gorgeously seasonal!

I made these with apples from my parents-in-laws’ tree (I still have a HUGE bag of their apples…) so I don’t know what the variety is, but any dessert apple should be fine. Just make sure that they’re fairly small, otherwise the slices won’t fit on top of the cupcakes! I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

Easy to make and super cute, these little apple cupcakes are a seasonal autumn treat - perfect for back-to-school, Rosh Hashanah or apple day.

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Little apple cupcakes
Yields 14
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
184 calories
27 g
27 g
7 g
3 g
1 g
69 g
45 g
13 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184
Calories from Fat 66
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 27mg
Sodium 45mg
Total Carbohydrates 27g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 small apples
  2. 110g margarine or butter (1 stick)
  3. 130g soft light brown sugar (3/4 cup)
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 225g plain flour (scant 2 cups)
  6. 3/4 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tsp mixed spice
  8. 3-4 tbsp milk/soya milk/apple juice
  9. 2-3 tsp clear honey
  10. 12-14 small mint or basil leaves
  11. 3-4 pretzel sticks, broken into 2cm pieces
  1. First, prepare your cupcake cases. Make an inward fold on one side of each paper case before inserting into the cupcake tray. Then scrunch up a ball of aluminium foil to the size of a small marble, and insert between the paper case and the tray, to help hold the shape. Prepare 12-14 paper cases in this way. (See photo).
  2. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.
  3. Peel and core the apples, and cut into quarters. Slice one apple into 24-30 thin slices for the tops of the cupcakes. Finely dice the second apple.
  4. Cream the margarine/butter with the sugar. Beat in the eggs.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder and spice, and lightly mix together.
  6. Stir in the milk/juice to give a dropping consistency.
  7. Finally, add the diced apple and mix well.
  8. Divide the mixture between the prepared cupcake cases. Arrange two slices of apple on the top of each cake, as shown, and press gently down.
  9. Bake the cakes at 190C/375F for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  10. Brush with honey while still warm. Once cool, insert the mint/basil leaves and pretzel sticks to decorate.


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  2. What a genius idea Helen. Your cakes do indeed look utterly adorable. When is apple day I wonder? I have an apple cake recipe and it would be good to post it on the day.

  3. Apples stuffed in cupcakes? Genius! My son would love these!

  4. These are soooo cute! I love this idea and twist on apples with honey. Thanks.

  5. Very sweet – beautiful decoration idea. Love apple cakes 🙂

  6. Helen | Fuss Free Flavours

    Apples are my favorite fruit and I just love when they’re in season! These are adorable!

  7. Love these Helen, just genius and delicious I’m sure:-)

  8. They are so cute and they sound delicious!

  9. shashi at runninsrilankan

    Thanks so much for the aluminum foil tip! The next time my daughter needs heart shaped cupcakes/ muffins I know what to do! These sound so delicious – lovely twist on the traditional apples and honey

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