These easy apple cupcakes make for perfect back-to-school cupcakes or fall cupcakes. They’re simple, fun, and so very easy that the kids could help make them!
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love fall and back to school and all the things that come with it. Summer is fun, and it’s sad that’s over, but when you can have a cool gust of wind and leaves swirling around, well, that’s fun, too! And it was with al that in mind that I came up with these super easy apple cupcakes.
Seriously, if these fall cupcakes were any easier, they’d make themselves. I love their simplicity and the kids, well, they loved their back-to-school cupcakes, too. If you’re ready to make some fun apple cupcakes, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Fall Cupcakes
- I literally start ALL of my cupcakes I bake, ever, with my Lazy Girl cupcakes. They’re no-fail, as long as you follow the directions. Seriously fun.
- If you’re planning to color your own fondant (it’s waaaay easier to buy it colored, so please do), be sure to use higher-end professional red. Because, otherwise, you will have pink apples. No matter how much food coloring you put in.
- These are so easy, the kids could definitely help you. So, let them get into the fun of making back-to-school cupcakes, too!
How Do I Make Apple Cupcakes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 12 of your favorite vanilla cupcakes (I always start with my Lazy Girl cupcakes)
- ½ stick butter, softened
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1-2 tbsp milk
- 5-6 oz. red fondant
- 1-2 oz. brown fondant
- 2-3 oz. green fondant
- Before starting the decorating process, ensure that the cupcakes are completely cool to the touch. Fondant can melt, just like regular icing.
- With a mixer, beat together butter, icing sugar and milk.
- Once the ingredients are well-combined, use an offset spatula to spread buttercream on the center of each cupcake.
- Roll out the red fondant using a rolling pin until it’s about ¼ inch thick.
- Cut out 12 red fondant circles.
- Press one red fondant circle on top of each cupcake.
- Using kitchen scissors, cut each toothpick in half. Insert a half toothpick into the center of each cupcake, having a small portion stick out.
- To assemble one apple fondant cupcake:
- Roll a small piece of brown fondant and shape it into a small cylinder. Insert into the exposed portion of the inserted toothpick.
- Roll out 1-2 small green fondant spheres, about 1/3 of an inch thick.
- Flatten each green fondant sphere and shape it into a teardrop. Use a paring knife or toothpick to give it some lines to give it realistic texture.
- Place 1-2 fondant leaves on the top of each cupcake, right next to the stem. Serve and enjoy!
- Hint: If the fondant is not sticking together, brush water on the back of each piece to secure.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 430 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 58mg Carbohydrates: 96g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 91g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
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