Thursday, May 10, 2007
Apple Crisp Cupcakes
I know apple season is long gone, but I had purchased a few apples with the idea of making an apple Bundt cake a couple of weeks ago. That notion came and went, but the apples lingered on. Consequently, after deciding that cupcakes would be ideal for "Lost" Lunch Thursday, I browsed through Julie Hasson's 125 Best Cupcake Recipes for ideas, and found something appealing: Apple Crisp Cupcakes.
I've had really good results from other recipes in this book. Additionally, I love that most of the recipes are scaled to make only a dozen cupcakes. That seems like just enough. The Apple Crisp Cupcakes turned out extremely well. Based on a simple batter containing pieces of diced apple, the cupcakes have a ripple of streusel running through their centers. (That effect is created by putting a bit of batter in the cupcake liner, then sprinkling on some streusel, then topping off with a bit more batter.) Julie recommends Cream Cheese Icing for these cupcakes, so I went with it. They're so moist and flavorful that I suspect they could go without frosting at all, but the frosting makes a nice touch.