It’s funny that my blog is called Square Root of Pie but I don’t actually have an recipes for pie on here. I made an apple pie once, but it was before I started the blog. I actually really wanted to bake a pie for July 4, but I ended up taking the bus to Pittsburgh for the holiday so I wasn’t about to hold a pie in my lap for eight hours.
I did this instead, and I’m really proud of it. The recipe is completely my own, and it came out really good! I’ve had apple pie with cheddar cheese once or twice, and although I was definitely afraid to taste it the first time, it’s actually really great! Feel free to use as much or as little as you want though – I actually only put the cheese on half because I knew some people probably wouldn’t want it.
Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting
Makes one dozen.
for the cupcakes
1 C flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C sugar
3 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 C applesauce
1 Tbsp lemon juice
shredded sharp cheddar (optional)
for the filling
1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced (about 1 C)
1 Tbsp brown sugar (not packed)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
for the frosting
1/3 C brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp milk
1 C powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare cupcake tin with paper liners. (I used silicone pans, but the cake was so moist that it was actually a bit difficult to remove them from the pans without them falling appart! I definitely recommend the paper.)
2. Prepare the filling. In a small bowl, toss the diced apples with cinnamon and brown sugar. Set aside.
3. For the cake, in a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
4. In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg, vanilla, applesauce, and lemon juice.
5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture. Fill cupcake wells about 2/3 full and top with spoonfuls of the pie filling.
6. Bake 18-20 minutes. If using, top with cheddar around the 12 minute mark.
7. When cupcakes are almost cool, begin frosting by heating butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
8. Add the milk and let boil until it thickens. Remove from heat and add sugar. Frost a *thin* layer on the cupcakes – the frosting is very sweet!