Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

If you are looking for an amazing, decadent, and fun breakfast that everyone will rave about, don’t even read the rest of this post. Just scroll down, click the “printable recipe” link and get to work. These delightful little treats look like cupcakes, but because they’re technically cinnamon rolls, I didn’t feel guilty eating them for breakfast. :)   I took these to some friends and family the morning I made them and they were completely devoured. They were a huge hit and Mike actually started to get sad when he thought I was giving them all away.

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Admittedly, as good as these are, they are slightly time consuming. But the look of shock and delight when you present your friends and family with a platter of these cinnamon roll cupcakes will make it totally worth it.  They’re gooey, full of sweet cinnamon apples, and the glaze on top is literally the icing on the cake. This is another recipe I have yet to make again, purely because I’m afraid of how many I would eat. What can I say, I lack self control.

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

*Note: I had a very hard time getting the wrappers off these cupcakes once they cooled. By the second day they were fine, but the first day you kind of had to eat the cupcake out of the wrapper. If you eat them while they’re still warm, or microwave them before serving they should be fine. Next time I might forego the wrapper all together and heavily spray the cupcake pan instead. If you do that, be sure to remove the cupcakes from the pan before they cool, otherwise they will be stuck!

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Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Yield: Yield: 24 cupcakes (at least)

Ingredients:

Dough:
2 cups 2% milk
1 tablespoon (.5 oz) active dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
6 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 eggs
¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

Filling:
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup loosely chopped pecans
2 cups finely chopped tart apples

Glaze:
1 cup Powdered Sugar
½ teaspoons Cinnamon
2 teaspoons Corn Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Heavy Cream (Enough To Let Icing Reach Consistency Of Honey)

Directions:

For the cupcakes: In a small saucepan or a microwave, warm milk to about 110 F. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the milk. Add salt and two cups of flour and beat for two minutes. Beat in eggs and butter. Stir in the remaining flour a half cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about five minutes). Place the dough in a large bowl and cover it with a towel. Set in a warm place and allow to rise for 40 minutes or until approximately doubled in volume.

Roll out dough into a long rectangle about 1/4” thick. Brush with about half of the melted butter.

To make the filling, in a medium-sized bowl, mix sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, and apples.

Spread the pecan/apple mixture evenly over the dough, leaving about an inch empty on all sides. Roll dough over itself from back to front along the long side of the rectangle to form a log. Slice the log into 24 even pieces. Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners and place each piece of the log in a cupcake liner. If they don’t fit, fold the ends together to make a “C” shape. The pieces should come to about the top of the liners.

Cover the cupcake tins and set in a warm place to rise for another 40 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Evenly distribute the remaining ¼ cup of melted butter over the tops of the cupcakes. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden.

For the glaze: mix the first 5 icing ingredients (powdered sugar, cinnamon, corn syrup, vanilla). Add heavy cream in small amounts at a time, stirring often, until icing reaches the consistency of honey. Drizzle glaze over cool cupcakes.

adapted, slightly, from Paula Deen

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29 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes”

  1. 1

    Eliana — February 25, 2011 @ 3:07 am

    Hmmm – Megan. These look amazing and like they are worth the extra time in the kitchen. A day that starts with this cupcake will have definitely a happy day :)

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    Melanie — February 25, 2011 @ 3:10 am

    Oh my goodness, Megan, your pictures are unbelievable – and then on top of that, these muffin/cupcakes look to-die for. Delicious!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 25, 2011 @ 3:18 am

    These are so cute and look delicious!

  4. 4

    CrystalsCozyKitchen — February 25, 2011 @ 4:05 am

    These look delicious! I love that they are cupcakes!

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    smalltownoven — February 25, 2011 @ 4:25 am

    Oh this is problematic for my thighs..

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    Simply Life — February 25, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    oh my gosh! these look amazing – I love that their in cupcake tins!

  7. 7

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 25, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    These look amazing and worth the time!

  8. 8

    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 25, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    What a great breakfast treat!

  9. 9

    Maria — February 25, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    These look so tasty!

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    marla — February 25, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    Ha! I recently had the same problem on some muffins I had made. The wrappers were stuck the first day & then came off easily on the second. These look awesome!

  11. 11

    Rachel — February 25, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    You're kidding me right? Those look like heaven!

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    clairetherd — February 25, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    Can't wait to try these! Have you made Alton Brown's overnight cinnamon buns? They too are labor intensive but worth it… my family only gets those for Christmas and Mothers Day!

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    Jennifurla — February 25, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    totally awesome, the falvor & spices…YUM

  14. 14

    Shelby — February 25, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    These look so good! Wish I had one here this afternoon with my coffee!!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — February 25, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    These look delicious! What a creative recipe!

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    Christi @ Love From The Oven — February 26, 2011 @ 1:08 am

    Wow, those look amazing! I'm thinking I could go for one warm, with some vanilla ice cream. Yum!

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    Stephanie — February 26, 2011 @ 3:38 am

    Wow! These look amazing!

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 26, 2011 @ 3:53 am

    Oh my! These are absolutely amazing.

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    Kim — February 26, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    Oh Megan! I am going to be so chubby. Your photographs are gorgeous.

  20. 20

    Megan — February 26, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    I'll I would say is “Yes Please!!!”

  21. 21

    Bluebell — February 26, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    These look simply amazing! I'd love to have them for breakfast, but I'd be too afraid I'd eat all of them!

  22. 22

    Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) — February 28, 2011 @ 4:14 am

    YUM! Your cupcakes look delicious! Thanks for the heads up on the sticky wrappers…I HATE when that happens!

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    Kudos Kitchen — February 28, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    Oh my gosh ~ These look like real winners! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll definitely print this one.

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    Feast on the Cheap — February 28, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    It's torture looking at these so close to lunchtime… Wow.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 28, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

    Those look divine, certainly worth any effort that they may have taken!

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    pajamachef — March 1, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    i love this idea! my husband's work team has asked me to make them cinnamon rolls so this might be just the ticket! thanks :)

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — March 3, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    Oh my gosh, these look amazing! Delicious!!

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    C.Boo — March 10, 2011 @ 4:02 am

    These look so good! I would totally make it if it wasn't for the yeast. I feel like yeast is my baking stumbling block. Maybe some day.

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    Karly — March 16, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    What a fun recipe! Love these!

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