How To Make Apple Shaped Cupcakes

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!

Other apple cupcake recipes we have:

Other cupcakes we have done recently:

How to Make the Best Apple Pie Cupcakes

Apple season is in full effect, and what better way to enjoy the fresh fruit of the moment than by baking? If you are like me and love the classic American apple pie but find the task of making the perfect pie crust tedious, then or Easy Apple Pie Cupcakes may just be your solution!

How to Make the Best Apple Pie Cupcakes

This recipe is easy and will take no time at all to whip up. Plus, there are so many ways you can dress them up with different toppings that everyone will be sure to find their favorite flavor.

How to Make the Best Apple Pie Cupcakes

The apples for this recipe should be tart and crisp. I recommend Granny Smith or Jonathan Apples, but feel free to use whichever you like best!

Pick your own apples!

Picking apples with your kids gives them the opportunity to see firsthand where their food comes from. They get a sense of excitement and accomplishment when they find a perfect, ripe apple on our walk through the orchard.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

I learned the 3 simple steps to plucking an apple off a tree from an old farmer:

  1. Gently lift the apple up to you -so it is horizontal from the branch
  2. Twist it three times on the stem
  3. Give it a gentle tug

It should come off in your hand and you never damage either the apple or the tree.

Most apple orchards also have fun things like pumpkin spice or apple cider donuts – make sure you take the time to indulge in their wares.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with apple pie filling

Just like any of our cupcake recipes, you can make the cupcake bases in advance. I actually have some chocolate cupcakes in my freezer right now for Labor Day. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature.

If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them. You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.

This should go without being said – do NOT cut them open and stuff with apple pie filling before freezing them. Just the plain cupcake bases.

How do you store Best Apple Pie Cupcakes

How do you store Best Apple Pie 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.

Between the buttercream frosting and apple pie filling, they should be fine for five to six days. They will tend to get soggier as time goes by. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Easy Apple Pie Filled Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

You can use a boxed yellow cake mix to whip up your cupcake bases or use our recipe to make them from scratch. Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch

Apple Pie Cupcakes Ingredients:

After you have the cupcake bases taken care of, you need to make the filling and also the frosting before you assemble them.

Apple Pie Cupcakes Ingredients

Apple Pie Cupcakes Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 medium green apples, peeled and diced small
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

Apple Pie Cupcake Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon

How to Make Apple Pie Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per recipe, let them cool completely.

Spoon out an opening in the center of each cupcake.

Make your apple pie cupcake filling:

In a skillet over medium heat cook butter, apples, and brown sugar for 10-12 minutes.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with buttercream frosting

Mix cornstarch and water until fully combined and then stir it into the apple mixture.

Apple Pie Cupcakes homemade

Boil until thick, remove from heat and allow to cool fully.

Spoon filling into the middle of each cupcake.

Apple Pie stuffed Cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes Frosting

Apple Pie Cupcakes with box cake mix

Mix butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, and cinnamon until light and fluffy.

Apple Pie spiced Cupcakes

Place it in your piping bag with a star tip and frost each cupcake.

Apple Pie Cupcakes yellow cake mix

I like to garnish them with a little fresh sliced apple – just to give them a little pop of color and crunch.

Apple Pie filled Cupcakes recipe

Apple Pie Cupcakes yellow cake mix

Other apple recipes you may find yummy:

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

caramel apple cupcakes

These Caramel Apple Cupcakes are simple, yummy, and beautiful – my favorite kind of treat!

This is a SIMPLE recipe for a moist, treat that will have people asking for more. Simply start with your own cupcakes – I used a box mix and made it according to the box instructions.




Here is the secret weapon: Fruit Squish’ems apple sauce!


Simply uncap it, turn upside down and “squish” into your cupcakes. One tube should nicely fill 6 cupcakes.


Now, my clearance score on frosting — it was $0.75 and I had coupons for $1.00/2 – making it just $0.25 each.


I popped it into my decorating bag with a star tip — and here is how you make it fancier: start at the center of the cupcake and swirl out in a circle. If you start on the outside and swirl in, it’s not as “fancy” a finish.


Simply top with a few seasonal sprinkles and you are golden!


They will think they are just “pretty” until they bite in and see how moist and scrumptious they are!