So, I have a confession to make. I am addicted to cooking shows. Like, bad! They are great because, I always feel inspired to try new things, but bad because inspiration usually strikes late at night.
Sidenote–why are competive cooking shows so dramatic?! I get that it is stressful, but they seem to take it a bit overboard.
On Food Network, they have just added the new show Cupcake Wars to the line-up. Love this show! It’s just amazing the diversity that one can achieve in such a little cake. Filling them has taken this form of baking to a whole new level for me. *sigh* My ass will never be the same. 😛
I looked around for a recipe for apple pie cupcakes, but in the end decided to just mash together my own. The cake is an adaptation of a pecan pie cake that I found in a Southern Living cookbook; but instead of pecans, I used walnuts.
My vision was to make a cinnamon buttercream, but I ran out of cinnamon ( 😦 ) so, I just used a vanilla buttercream and drizzled some caramel sauce over the top. This made the cupcake very sweet. I love it that way, but if it is too much for your palate, consider using freshly whipped cream on top.
Apple Pie Cupcakes
1 batch of walnut cupcakes (recipe follows)
1 batch of caramel apple filling, reserving some of the caramel for garnish (recipe follows)
1 batch of vanilla buttercream frosting
1. Once cupcakes are cool, make a well in each cake by cutting a cone into the top, then removing the narrow point.
2. Fill each cake with a spoonful of apple pie filling.
3. Frost with the buttercream and drizzle a little caramel on the top.
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup milk
1 cup walnut pieces
1. Preheat the oven to 350*F (160*C). Line a muffin tin with baking papers.
2. Cream together butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until blended. Stir in the vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda. Sift into the wet ingredients.
4. Add the milk, stirring just enough to incorporate into the batter.
5. Fold in the walnuts.
6. Spoon into baking papers and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Caramel Apple Filling
3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped very small
1 tbsp butter
4 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
2. Add the apples and cook until starting to soften, approximately 5 minutes.
3. Sprinkle in the brown sugar and cinnamon.
4. Stirring every few minutes, cook until the caramel sauce reduces and becomes thick.