Simply Apple Cupcakes Recipe

This Apple Cupcakes Recipe is simply made with plenty of apples to fully enjoy their taste: 1 kilos (2 pounds) of apples and no other spices added.

Simply Apple Cupcakes RecipeMost of the apple cakes recipes use cinnamon and just enough apples to barely taste them. 

This recipe is purely an apple celebration, an easy way to enjoy cooked apples on a picnic or for lunch at the office.

Jump to Recipe

The original recipe is an old Italian apple cake from the '50s.

It was my mom's favorite recipe when growing up.

Back then, fruits and vegetables were locally grown under the Mediterranean sun, they were sweet and full of flavors.

The Mediterranean cuisine was a celebration of those natural ingredients. 


Simply apple cake

old agenda page in a frame titled torta di mele

My mom has framed the page of the agenda where my grandmother found the recipe.

Next to the recipe my grandmother handwriting "Buona".

For each day the agenda had different menu ideas and one recipe.

Would you like to know what was on the menu that day? 

  • Country style risotto: probably with garden vegetables
  • Tongue and ham in jelly: that wouldn't be my favourite
  • Tagliatelle soup: interesting
  • Boiled beef and calf head: calf head is actually the calf cheeks, which you can still buy today (if you want to buy them!?!)

For dessert the Apple cake

I have very vague memories of my grandmother Gilda Bosurgi Zerbi.

Born in 1893, she was already quite old when I was little.

She had 8 children and my mom was among the youngest ones.

I remember her sitting in an armchair joking with us children.

She had a great sense of humor and very knowledgeable about cooking and quality of ingredients.

I still use her definition of a bad olive oil:

"An oil made with buttons and umbrella handles!"

Which back then were made out of bones.

Yuck !

Gilda Bosurgi Zerbi e Clementina

1 kilo of apple rennet

For this recipe, I like to use Golden Reinette apples which are sweet and crunchy.

You can also use Golden or your favorite local apples.

Remember that this cupcake is all about the flavor of the apples, so choose a tasty variety.

To make the cupcakes I use the cupcake silicon molds, they are so easy to use and to clean.

You don't need to mess with butter and flour. (Amazon affiliate link)

Here you can find out more about my baking tools or my kitchen checklist

Pour the mix in the cupcakes shape and cover with the apples

For instructions on recipes template see post: Food Madness: Digital & Apps

For measurement conversions see post: How much is a Cup in grams and the most useful cooking conversions

5 from 5 votes
Simply Apple Cupcakes Recipe

Simply Apple Cupcakes Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins

Cook Time
1 hr

Total Time
1 hr 10 mins


This recipe is purely an apple celebration, an easy way to enjoy cooked apples on a picnic or for lunch at the office.


Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 233 kcal

  • 1
  • 250
  • 4
    baking powder
  • 100
    at room temperature
  • 100
  • 2
  • 50
  • 50

  1. If you are making the cupcakes cut the apples into small chunks

    Cut the apples in small chunks
  2. If you are making the cake cut the apples into large chunks

    Cut the apples in large chunks
  3. Prepare the cake mix, first whisking the butter at room temperature with the sugar, then adding the eggs and finally the flour mixed with the baking powder. The mix should be soft and creamy

  4. Melt the 50 gr of sugar and 50 gr of butter in the microwave for the topping

  1. Pour 1 tbsp of the mix in each cupcake, top it with the apples and add a tsp of melted sugar and butter. 

    Pour the mix in the cupcakes shape and cover with the apples
  2. Bake at 180 C for 30 minutes

    Bake for 30 minutes
  1. Cover the bottom of a round baking tin with parchment paper, butter and coat with flour 

    Cover a baking tin with parchment paper
  2. Pour the cake mix into the baking tin and spread evenly

    Pour the mix in the bottom of the baking tin
  3. Cover with the apples, pushing the apples down into the mix

    Place the apples on top
  4. Pour over the butter and sugar mix

    Pour the butter and the sugar
  5. Bake in the oven at 180 C for 1 hour

    Simply apple cake

Recipe Notes

Calories 233 calories per serving Fat 11 gr per serving Carbohydrates 35 gr per serving Cholesterol 0 mg Proteins 2 gr per serving Sugar 13 gr per serving Sodium 16 mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.

Simply Apple Cupcakes Recipe

  12 comments for “Simply Apple Cupcakes Recipe

  1. 29th November 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I love using my Grandma’s recipes. I have her recipe cards from my Mom. Such a great connection to have with family through the kitchen. These cupcakes look so good – love how loaded with apples they are!

    • Laura
      29th November 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Grandma’s recipes are the best

  2. 29th November 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Oh my – growing up, my grandmother and parents though tongue was a special addition to the meal – but I’d rather have skipped that and had seconds of desserts like this!

    • Laura
      30th November 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Ah, ah, ah, me too. Never fancied it

  3. 29th November 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Such beautiful memories! These little cakes look perfect. My daughter is a huge fan of apples and would especially love them.

    • Laura
      30th November 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks, I am sure she will love them

  4. 29th November 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I love how these cupcakes really let the apples shine through. They look amazing.

    • Laura
      30th November 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks Kate, you find the right words

  5. 29th November 2017 at 3:13 pm

    You managed to get a great amount of apple in each, they look so good.

    • Laura
      30th November 2017 at 12:48 pm

      I know, I love them

  6. 1st December 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Laura, these look simply scrumptious! I love apples in anything. I also love using my grandmother’s recipes as they bring back so many memories!! Awesome recipe as usual and your photos are gorgeous!

    • Laura
      4th December 2017 at 8:52 am

      Thank you so much, Elaine. You are my inspiration for all my photography

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *