Get ready for fall and the new school year with these adorable apple cupcakes! They’re quick and easy to make, and even more fun to eat.
How to Make Apple Cupcakes
You can decorate any kind of cupcakes this way, so feel free to make your favorite flavor or recipe. Whether it’s from scratch or a box mix, whip up a batch and let them cool completely. Then, it’s time to decorate them using a few special ingredients.
cupcakes: baked and cooled
1 C powdered sugar
2 T softened butter
3 tsp milk or water
1/2 tsp vanilla (or other flavor extract)
red food coloring
Tootsie Roll candies
gummy worm candies
gummy green fruit slice candies
Make your frosting (optional).
Whip up your own homemade frosting by combining 1 C powdered sugar, 2 T softened butter, and 1/2 tsp vanilla or other flavored extract in a mixing bowl. Slowly add 3 tsp milk or water a little at a time, until you get your desired consistency. I recommend using a stand or hand mixer to beat the frosting rather than doing it by hand.
If you are short on time or energy, you can skip this step and just buy a can of your favorite store-bought cake frosting instead!
Color your frosting.
Add red food coloring and stir into the frosting until you get a color you like for your apples.
Frost your cupcakes.
Add candy toppings.
Push an unwrapped Tootsie Roll into the top of the cupcake for a stem. Cut a green gummy fruit slice into a leaf shape, and place it next to the stem. Cover the frosting with red sprinkles. If you like, add a gummy worm or two to the plate, or on top of the apple.
- You can save time by looking for pre-made red frosting that has already been colored. This is usually more expensive, but it will save time and give you a vibrant color.
- Try flavoring your frosting with almond, peppermint, or a fruit extract!
- Instead of regular cupcakes, use an applesauce cake recipe and bake it in cupcake pans. Then your apples will really taste like apple!
Frequently Asked Questions
Bright red is one of the trickiest colors of frosting to make. The more drops of food coloring you add, the darker your frosting will get. Keep adding more until you get a color you like. The red sprinkles will also help make your cupcakes look more red than pink.
Adding the food coloring can change the consistency of the frosting, because you’re increasing the amount of liquid. If it gets too runny, you can add more powdered sugar until you get back to a consistency you like.
More Fall Projects
If you like these Apple Cupcakes, be sure to check out more fall project ideas for the whole family!
If you try making any of these projects, I’d love to see how yours turn out. Make sure you’re part of the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group so you can share your photos and we can all be inspired. See you there!
- cupcakes: baked and cooled
- 1 c powdered sugar
- 2 T softened butter
- 3 tsp milik or water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla or other flavored extract
- red food coloring
- red sprinkles
- Tootsie Roll candies
- gummy fruit slices, green
- gummy worms
- Bake and cool your cupcakes.
- Make your frosting: mix powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla together. Add milk/water slowly, beating until you get the right consistency.
- Add red food coloring to frosting.
- Frost your cupcakes.
- Add Tootsie Roll stem, fruit slice leaf, sprinkles, and gummy worms.