Apple Streusel Cupcakes with Amaretto Liquor

IMG_1066Hello everyone! This is to prove to Stephanie that even if I do not have as much time as she appears to, the busy consultant that she is, I am still alive and occasionally even feeding myself post-law school. 😉

This weekend, my parents came by in part to celebrate my admission to the bar, and my mother and I baked some apple streusel cupcakes using the fuji apples from our garden. It’s my mother’s recipe so all credit goes to her.

Apple Streusel Cupcakes with Amaretto Liquor
Makes 12 cupcakes
Ingredients for cupcakes:
  • 2/3 cup apple pieces (best if tossed with 1 tbs sugar and 1 tbs lime juice)
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tbs butter, softened
  • 2 ozs cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbs amaretto liqueur (can be substituted with 1/2 tsp almond extract, but why would you do that?)
Streusel topping:
  • 3 tbs brown sugar
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 2 tbs butter, chilled
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In one bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter and cream cheese with sugar, using a whip.
  4. Add an egg and mix in.
  5. Add Amaretto, vanilla, milk and mix in. If you use almond extract, add a little more milk.
  6. Whisk in the dry ingredients to the wet mixture until well blended. Fold in the apple, setting aside some pieces for decoration.
  7. For the streusel topping, put the flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon together on a plate.
  8. With a pastry cutter or with a knife and fork, cut the butter in to make a crumbly mixture.
  9. Line the cupcake pan with cupcake liners and fill them with the batter.
  10. Sprinkle the tops of each cupcake evenly with streusel and top the streusel with some leftover apple slices.
  11. Bake for 26-28 minutes until golden brown.

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Bonus picture of our apple trees!

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– Kellie

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