close up of the inside of an Apple Pie Cupcake

Do you prefer Apple Pie or Cupcakes for dessert? Pfft, I say why choose when you can have the best of both worlds!

If you’ve never had surprise cupcakes, you’ll love them!  They are so easy to make yet look impressive (and taste amazing)!  These Apple Pie Cupcakes are soft and fluffy cinnamon infused cupcakes with a surprise apple pie filling in the center!

To make these you will whip up your favorite white cake batter (with a touch of cinnamon added in) and top with a little bit of apple pie filling (store bought or homemade).  There’s no need to add extra batter on top of the pie filling, it finds its way to the center of the cupcake!  We serve these warm with ice cream or whipped cream.  The pie filling makes these exceptionally moist and delicious.

inside of apple Pie Cupcakes with whipped cream

Apple Pie Cupcakes with whipped cream and apples on the side

Things you’ll need for this recipe

* apple pie filling (or homemade) * white cake mix * cupcake pan * cupcake liners *


close up of the inside of an Apple Pie Cupcake
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Apple Pie Cupcakes

Do you prefer Apple Pie or Cupcakes for dessert? Pfft, I say why choose when you can have the best of both worlds!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
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  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ingredients required on the box for cupcakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 can apple pie filling 22 oz, or 1 recipe Homemade Apple Pie Filling
  • whipped cream or ice cream, for topping, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F & line cupcake pan with liners.
  • Make cupcake batter according to box directions. Stir in cinnamon.
  • Chop apple pie filing into bite sized pieces.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of cake batter to each cupcake liner. Place 1 slightly heaped tablespoon of pie filling on top of the batter.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes.
  • Top with ice cream or whipped cream.
4.92 from 36 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 83 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 45mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

More recipes you’ll love:

 * Homemade Stove Top Apple Pie Filling * Cherry Pie Cupcakes * Apple Pie Tacos * Oven Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups *


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Holly Nilsson is the creator of Spend With Pennies, where she creates easy, comforting recipes made for real life. With a passion for nostalgic flavors and simplified techniques, Holly helps busy home cooks create delicious meals that always work. She is also the author of “Everyday Comfort,” which promises to inspire even more hearty, home-cooked meals.
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  1. Hi Holly I live in England. Please can you tell me what Flatout is? I can’t find an English substitute. Love your recipes ♥️

    1. Hi Veronica, I don’t believe this is for this recipe since we don’t use Flatout flatbreads for these apple pie cupcakes. But Flatout is a brand of lower calorie, lower carb flatbreads. You could substitute it with a tortilla or other similar flatbread product depending on the recipe. Hope that helps!

  2. These were delicious! I used a cream cheese frosting which gave it that extra flavor boost. I think they were a little bland without the frosting. Decorated for Halloween too.

  3. I have made these numerous times for Church fund-raisers.  They are always well received — people cannot  get enough of them!     Tonight I  made some for our Church’s Youth Group who are having a Fundraiser for an upcoming trip.  I am also giving them them the recipe so that can include  it in their next “Bake Sale”.   This is a great recipe that I have made with apple, of course, blueberries and cherries. ALWAYS A BIG HIT!!!  Thank you!!!

  4. Hi Holly! My friend and I made these, they were awesome!! Our only problem was that the filling wouldn’t sink far enough. What did we do wrong?4 stars