Friday, April 11, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

It's my Birthday!!! 
Well, it was three days ago anyway. This one was a little different for me because it was the first one I wasn't really that excited about. Usually I'm screaming it from the rooftops that it's my birthday, but not this year. You see, it's my last year in my 20's (even typing that was hard) and I'm not walking into this year as gracefully as I usually do. But I'm slowly getting over the fact that my 20's are slipping away. You get better with age, right?! And since it's my birthday I get my birthday week!

What does a birthday week entail you ask? Well it's basically a week where you get whatever you want, no questions asked. So for me, instead of cooking every night, it was Hub's job. Instead of cleaning out the cat litter, it was Hub's job. Instead of Hub playing his video games, he had to watch my terrible tv shows with me. If I wanted a back rub all I had to do was ask instead of begging for one. It's a pretty awesome week. 

So for my birthday week I a) took a break from blogging, b) ate anything I wanted and c) made my own birthday cupcakes. I received this wonderful gift from one of my many sisters and just had to use it right away. 

I decided to break these in with my Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing!

And there's a surprise in the middle! They're filled with apple butter! These cupcakes are so moist and bursting with flavor. The sweetness of the apple is dulled by the bitterness of the lemon. And since I had my new "coring" tool, I was able to scoop out the middle of the cupcakes easily. 
It's a birthday party!!

Whether you have a birthday coming up, or just want to make something sweet, these are a must try!

1 Can Apple Cinnamon pie filling
1 1/2 Cup sugar
3 eggs
3/4 Cup vegetable oil
1/2 Cup milk
1 1/2 Cups flour
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1 jar Apple Butter

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
12 oz cream cheese (1 1/2 blocks), softened
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 lemon, squeezed (about 1/2 cup)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your cupcake pan with liners. Set aside.

Mash the apple cinnamon filling with a pastry cutter until it's a smooth consistency. 

Combine the apple mix with the sugar, eggs, oil and milk in a large bowl until smooth.

In a small bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry mix to the apple mix using a spatula. Stir until fully combined.

Pour the cupcake mix into the Batter Bottle and pour into the cupcake liners. If you don't have a batter bottle, just spoon the mix into the pan. The bottle just makes it a little easier :)

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Place them on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes. Don't core them until you can touch the bottom and the cupcake is cool. 

Place the corer in the center of the cupcake and slightly press down while turning the corer. Stop once the plastic disk hits the cupcake. Throw out the middle or eat most of them like I did. 

Fill each cupcake with as much apple butter as you want.

For the frosting:

Combine the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon juice in your mixer on high speed for about 3-4 minutes or until the frosting is smooth and doesn't have lumps. 

Scoop frosting into your decorating bottle with whatever tip you want to use and pile it on the cupcakes! If you don't have a decorating bottle, just use a knife. Refrigerate until serving and enjoy!

Are you an April baby, too?! Best month to be born in! Can I get some love from my Aries people!? Probably not, because we're stubborn firey people :)

Thanks for stopping by! 

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  1. This year is also the last year of my 20's. It has me a little freaked because there are things that I wanted/plan to do before I turn the big 3 - 0. Man I better get on that list.

  2. Oh yeah and Happy Birthday! Mine isn't until September.

  3. Oh yeah - just celebrated my birthday on Monday!! April is the best - love that we have DIAMOND as a birthstone, too! Your cupcakes look yummy and I can't wait to try your recipe!

  4. Happy Birthday! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesday!

  5. Happy Birthday - and thanks for the tasty recipe!

  6. This is the perfect recipe to use up some of the tons of apple butter I made last fall. Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday BH!
    (oh and the 30's were even better than the 20's!!!!)

  7. Your awesome Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing is right on top of mine at Hump Day Happenings. Looks like a great birthday Cupcake to me, hope you have a Happy One!
    See you Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. These sound so good! Happy late birthday. Thank for linking up with Hump Day Happenings!

  9. I love apple and cinnamon anything, so this sounds right up my alley. I usually have a birthday weekend, which is my favorite thing ever. You should have some time to do whatever you want!

    Thanks again for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

  10. Oh! I want all your little cupcake making gadgets! And apple cinnamon cupcakes with cream cheese icing... yum!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity on at our Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Hope to see more of your projects again on Saturday morning!

    ~ Ashley

  11. Hope you're enjoying celebrating your birthday all month long! (That's what I do.) Love that little gadget you used... and the recipe is very divine! Thank you for sharing these cupcakes with us at the Show Stopper this week!

  12. Happy belated birthday! It's sort of sad how birthdays aren't as exciting as you get older so I know how you feel! These cupcakes sure would make a birthday better though! They look awesome!

  13. 1st of all, Happy Birthday week! And about the cupcakes.. omgoodness! I am about apple pie filling the way most people are about chocolate. So you know I'm going to be making these.

  14. I love this cupcake, hope you had a great birthday! Hope you have a very special weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. oh Apple Butter on the inside...that sounds so perfect! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  16. Happy belated birthday! I can't believe I am in my early thirties either. It's hard to write as well, lol. But then I remember not to take life too seriously. My parents are in their mid 60s and they just took a motorcycle trip to New Orleans so I know lots of great stuff is still to come.

  17. Say goodbye to the 20's it's usually a turbulant time... it does get better. Happy Birthday.

  18. Happy Belated Birthday! These look delish :) Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! I hope you can join us again tomorrow :)

  19. This is one of my favorite! Just love the smell of apple and cinnamon.

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