Apple Pie Cupcakes

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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
4.85 from 20 votes
Review Recipe

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Author Holly Nilsson
Do you prefer Apple Pie or Cupcakes for dessert? Pfft, I say why choose when you can have the best of both worlds!


  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • Ingredients required on the box for cupcakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 can apple pie filling or 1 recipe Homemade Apple Pie Filling 22 oz
  • whipped cream or ice cream for topping optional

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  • 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.

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.)

Keyword Apple Pie Cupcakes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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

  4. I agree with Nita also filing came out of the bottom of cupcakes when cupcake paper wrap was taken off. I will try next time like another commented batter filling then batter again.

  5. I made this for desert at my cocktail party, they were delicious, had friends take some home.
    I will diffently be making them again at my next party. Thank you for recipe keep on sending more recipes.

  6. I made these and they were a big hit… Everyone loved them. My only complaint is that the pie filling went all the way to the bottom so the filling fell out of some of them. What did I do wrong?4 stars

  7. Tried this today and they turned out really well! We love apple pie so this was a good way to have this dessert as cupcakes during a season other than Thanksgiving. When I filled the cup with batter and then filling, the filling rose to the top. I did the second batch with batter then filling and topped that with batter. The second batch turned out better, with filling in the middle as intended. Just a tip in case others have this problem. Thanks for the recipe!!4 stars

  8. Oof, what a mess… Followed instructions to the letter and they aren’t cupcake shaped more like puddles? I don’t even know lol. Maybe it was the cake mix I used (normal white cake mix) or something with the topping *shrugs* On well, gonna keep watch on them and hope for the best while baking this next batch. Sighhh, here’s hoping they still taste good!

    1. Oh no, how disappointing. I also used just a regular cake mix. Hopefully your second batch worked out better for you!

  9. I substituted a yellow cake mix for the white one. (I never know what to do with the egg yolks that you don’t add to the white cake mix). And for the frosting I made a simple cream cheese frosting. Making the cupcakes was very easy and I must say very delicious!

    1. The only reason they say to only use the egg white is so your cake is more white in color. I always jus use the whole egg.

  10. I have made these using spice cake and icing them with cream cheese frosting. They were so good. Fixing to make another bunch this time I think I’ll use caramel icing.

  11. Would it be okay to fill the cupcakes after baking by cutting a hole midway in the cake? Or would that make the filling taste different

  12. Have you considered making it with spice cake? Or making it with chocolate cake and cherry pie filling. I’m having all sorts of ideas.

  13. Could you make the cupcakes first then freeze them then core the center out later and put the apple pie filling in? Since you stated you weren’t sure about freezing them right after you bake them and use for a later time.

  14. I’ve made the Apple Pie Cupcakes a couple times, once for family and once for book club. Everyone raved about them and have passed on the recipe! I’ve made the pie filling tons of time just to eat by itself! I love it on waffles for breakfast.

  15. I made these last night, my husband will not eat “filled cupcakes” and does not eat apple pie. Guess what? He did and my whole family loved them! This will be on our new favorites! Thank you!

  16. I don’t care for the taste of boxed cake mixes. Do you think a recipe for homemade white or yellow cake would work just as well?

  17. I have made these several times & they are delicious. When I cook them, the pie filling goes all the way to the bottom & there is no batter on the bottom of the cupcake. I have to turn them upside down to eat them so the pie filling doesn’t fall out. I have tried cooking a small amount of the batter then adding the rest of the batter & the pie filling. Still didn’t work. I have also used less pie filling & that didn’t work. Do you have any ideas for me to try? It would be appreciated.

    Thank you

    1. Hmm, I haven’t had that issue with mine. What brand of cake mix are you using (I’ve been using Betty Crocker). Have you been chopping the filling?

  18. We should store them in the fridge? Is it okay if i kept them out of the fridge for like ten hours i wanna make them as a gift

    1. The cupcakes would be completely fine out of the fridge for 10 hours. I would not recommend leaving whipped cream out for that long so you could either choose a different frosting or add the whipped cream after.

  19. Just made these with my personal tweaks. Used a French vanilla mix with extra cinnamon and topped them with a caramel cream cheese frosting! A winning recipe for sure- Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  20. These were excellent and got rave reviews from the people I made them for. My only problem (which really isn’t that big a problem) was that my filling never really sunk into the batter. It just sat on top and maybe sunk slightly.

    1. I haven’t baked with gluten free cake mix before. I can’t see why it wouldn’t work for you though.

  21. I love these! I made them for my mom for Mother’s day. My mom’s favorite pie is dutch apple, so i made one cupcake without filling and crumbled it on top of the others. It was perfect and delicious.

  22. These look and sound SO yummy, thank you for the recipe! Could I put streusel topping on them before baking, or do you think it would sink into the cupcakes with the pie filling?

    1. The apple pie filling sinks so I’m not sure how that would work but it sure does sound delicious! If you do try it, I’d love to hear how it works out for you!

      1. I did it with a crumb topping before baking. Just brown sugar, flour, butter and walnuts. It was soooo yummy with the topping too!