How To Make Apple Shaped Cupcakes

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

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How To Make Apple Shaped Cupcakes? Apple season is here! This means that it’s time to whip up a batch of apple shaped cupcakes. These cupcakes are perfect for school parties, thanksgiving dinner, or just as an after-dinner treat.

How To Make Apple Shaped Cupcakes

How do you like your cupcakes? How about apple shaped ones? If you are looking for an easy and fun recipe to make with the kids, look no further. This is a really simple recipe that will yield delicious results!

Why are apples linked to fall?

Apples are more than just a delicious fruit. They’re symbolic of the harvest season and a time to share our gratitude for all that we have in life with family and friends.

Apple pies, apple cider, apple crisps….apple everything!

On our main site, we have done recipes like Apple Pie Rolls That are Totally Brunch Worthy, Apple Pepper Jelly Made in the Instant Pot that is amazing poured over cream cheese as an appetizer or used to add a little zip to that ham or turkey sandwich. Beyond Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter is a classic for that fresh-baked bread, and the Apple Fritter Pull-Apart Bread will make you roll your eyes back up into your head when you take that first bite.

Of course, we can’t forget the classic staple: our Rustic Apple Pie Recipe. This screams “comfort food of fall” and is best served with french vanilla ice cream. The real kind that has the little black specks of vanilla bean in it – not the generic store brand poor cousin that is bargain prices. Even better? Cinnamon ice cream. Ahhh…I can taste it now.

Let’s talk a bit about Johnny Appleseed …

You can tie these apple shaped cupcakes into a lesson plan for the kids on Johnny Appleseed! Johnny Appleseed was a real person, born in 1774. His given name was John Chapman. He became known as “Johnny Appleseed” because he planted apple trees everywhere on his travels. He died at the age of 80 years old and his gravesite is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana – who to this day celebrates him with the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

What did Johnny do?

Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees He wanted to make sure the land was ready for people and animals and believed that apples would help lay the way for them.

What kind of apples did he plant?

Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees of many different types. He would plant the seeds and then cover them with dirt or moss to keep out weeds.

Did he just hand-plant these apples?

No, Johnny went all around Ohio planting apple trees – usually by throwing the seeds from his pockets into a hole in the earth – about six inches deep!

He’s become a part of Disney history with this video clip and song – which a lot of churches use with their children’s ministry. Do you think he could envision still being thought of almost 250 years after he was born? What a crazy notion, right?

What did John Chapman do for money?

He made some extra cash selling nursery stock and cidering supplies too. How cool is that?!

Fun Facts: Did you know that there are still over 300 varieties of apples grown in America today thanks to Johnny Appleseed’s efforts? And it wasn’t until 1893 when someone discovered how to get the juice out of them for that fun fall ritual, apple cider!

Now – let’s get back to that cupcake recipe….

How do you store Apple Shaped Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. If you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days…but the pretzel stick will get soggy. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Apple Cupcake Recipe

You can make your cupcake bases as you see fit. I love to use my Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch recipe but you could use a boxed cake mix too. They are on sale all the time, always just a buck at your local Dollar Tree store, and super easy to dress up so no one knows you used a boxed mix.

I often keep cupcake bases in my freezer for those times I want to whip up something fun and whimsical – like these Apple Shaped cupcakes or even my Oreo cupcakes.

Apple Shaped Cupcake Ingredients

Apple Shaped Cupcake Ingredients
  • Yellow cupcakes – already and cooled to room temperature
  • Red and green frosting – either homemade or store bought
  • Pretzel sticks

That’s it!

I promise, I will make the next ones a little more challenging for you…

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely.

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Pipe green frosting with Wilton 233 tip to create grass around the outside of the cupcake. This is the same tip I use to make grass or hair on any cupcake.

Pipe red frosting with Wilton 1A tip in a wide round circle in the middle of the cupcake to create the apple.

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Place a pretzel stick in the center of the apple

Pipe green frosting with Wilton tip 73 to create leaves next to the stem

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Don’t they look yummy! Perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week!

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