We are almost at the end of our second lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic and for a large part of it I’ve not been able to buy any eggs until now, yay! I’d bought a big bag of apples recently and although I have no idea what variety they are I knew 2 of them would make a great addition to my cupcake recipe.
I normally use real butter for my cupcakes but today I only had Flora Buttery so I thought I’d give it a try and I’m pleased I did since it made them super light and fluffy.
With 2 children off school and both of them wanting to bake I found a way of them mixing their ingredients in separate bowls before bringing it together to make sure it was consistent. Organisation was key and although I have 2 lots of washing up the kids were happy throughout. My cupcakes are nearly always the same recipe and over the years I’ve added my favourite flavour combinations like lemon and blueberry, and passionfruit curd and coconut.
110g Flora Buttery or unsalted butter
110g Self-raising flour
110g Caster sugar
2 Medium eggs
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Splash of milk
Sprinkle of brown sugar if desired
Pre heat the oven to 180C. Cream the butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy.
Slowly add the beaten egg bit by bit and alternate with a little flour. Fold in the rest of the flour and add a little splash of milk.
Peel and chop the apple into tiny pieces and toss them in a little flour and add a good sprinkling of cinnamon.
Fold in the apple pieces and divide the mix between 10 - 12 cupcake cases. Before popping them in the oven I added a sprinkle of brown sugar on top to make them a little more like Dorset Apple Cake.
Bake for approx 18 minutes. They should be golden brown and spring back when the top is slightly pushed down.
The smell when they are baking is mouth watering but when they are ready try and get them on a cooling rack for a few minutes before eating.
We had one each after lunch and they are definitely one of the yummiest little cakes we’ve ever made. The tiny apple pieces meant they cooked well and the sugar on top gave it a bit of a sweet crunch. I had to say no to everyone’s requests for seconds so that we could enjoy some more after dinner with ice cream.
And they are one of your 5 a day too, bonus!!!
They were so nice that I couldn't resist making them again for a visit to the grandparents.
Dorsetmums accepts no responsibility for burnt cakes if you get distracted with your children’s many demands or because you have lost track of time flicking through social media. I also can’t be blamed for weight gain but I will take the credit for happy tummies.