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Apple Crumble and Custard Mini Cakes

Apple Crumble Cakes

Cupcakes | 23rd September 2015 | By

Back along when I made these mini chocolate surprise cakes for a friend along with these dairy and gluten free lemon and almond coconut cakes, I also made some rather fun apple crumble and custard mini cupcakes.

Mini Cake Selection

Photo courtesy of Perle Laouenan-Catchpole

With ninety four cakes to make in four different flavours, I had a day of logistics to contend with and my mini muffin moulds got used as never before. Using my tried and tested cake mix, I adapted a recipe I found in Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift. I decided having a filling of apple in the actual cake as well as apple in the batter was the way to go. Topped with a custard buttercream and crumble topping, they turned out to be very cute and tasty too.

 

Apple Crumble and Custard Mini Cakes
Yields 24
Little mini apple cakes flavoured with cinnamon. A surprise middle of apple purée with a topping of custard buttercream and crumble makes them a complete delight.
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Apple Purée
  1. 3 large cooking apples
  2. 30g light muscovado sugar
  3. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. splash of water
Cupcakes
  1. 125g unsalted butter
  2. 125g light muscovado sugar
  3. 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  4. 75g wholemal flour
  5. 75g plain white flour
  6. 1 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. pinch of salt
  9. apple purée
Crumble
  1. 50g unsalted butter
  2. 50g light muscovado sugar
  3. 75g wholemeal flour
  4. 75g plain white flour
  5. 1 tsp cold water
Custard Buttercream
  1. 75g unsalted butter
  2. 20g custard powder
  3. 100g icing sugar
Apple Purée
  1. Simmer all the ingredients together in a small pan for about ten minutes or until the apples are soft.
  2. Blend into a rough purée with a stick blender.
Cupcakes
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  3. Sift in the dry ingredients and stir gently in.
  4. Fold in 1 heaped tbsp of the apple purée.
  5. Place 1 tsp of batter into each muffin case (24 in total), add a scant tsp of apple purée than top up with another tsp of batter so the muffin is slightly over 3/4 full.
  6. Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes when the cakes should be well risen and firm to the touch but not too brown.
Crumble
  1. Rub the butter and sugar into the flower with fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water and stir with a knife until the mixture clumps together.
  2. Spread out onto a baking tray and bake at 180C for 15 minutes or so until golden.
  3. Allow to cool.
Custard Buttercream
  1. Beat the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined and light in texture. Add a drop of milk if the mixture is too stiff.
  2. Spread onto the cooled cakes and top with a little crumble.
Adapted from Primrose Baker Christmas by Martha Swift
Adapted from Primrose Baker Christmas by Martha Swift
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
 Apple Season LogoI am sending these off to Lisa’s Apple Season link-up over at United Cakedom.

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    Liz (Good Things)
    23rd September 2015

    These look so delicious and quite delightful… I am not a huge fan of those over-iced sickly looking cupcakes they sell in some stores, but would gladly eat a few of yours xx

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      Choclette
      23rd September 2015

      Thank you Lizzy. I can’t cope with copious amounts of sugary buttercream either. I tend to make mine less sweet and rarely use more than a smidgeon 🙂

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    Henk Kooiman
    23rd September 2015

    You are too productive Choclette ;)) I can’t keep up anymore. These mini cakes look great and I’m sure they taste great too. Definitely to be tried in some future !

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      Choclette
      23rd September 2015

      Ah but that’s because you are more thorough than me Henk and try variations until you’ve hit on something you’re really happy with 🙂

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      Choclette
      23rd September 2015

      Thank you Angie, I really did have fun. It was great trying to think up four complimentary flavours as well as something that pretty much anyone could eat, whatever intolerances they had.

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    Emily
    23rd September 2015

    How lovely are these! Custard on a cupcake sounds yummy xx

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      Choclette
      23rd September 2015

      Thank you Emily. Really loved the concept of these and they were really cute too.

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    23rd September 2015

    woooahh!!!! 94 cakes in 4 different flavours? Sounds like a GBBO double take!
    If they were all as good as this, then I am sure they went down a storm! Apple, crumble and custard all in a cake….delish!!

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      Choclette
      24th September 2015

      Thanks Kate. It was fun, but as always took me longer than I’d anticipated so I was in a bit of a panic. I’d be a gibbering wreck on Bake Off 😉

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    Ceri
    24th September 2015

    Ooh these look devilishly good. Great use of seasonal apples! More to come I’m sure

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      Choclette
      24th September 2015

      Yes Ceri, I love the autumn with so many apples and other bounty available. It may be apples now for some time to come.

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    Jo
    24th September 2015

    These sound fantastic and I’m seriously impressed that you baked such a variety of cupcakes in one day! Bookmarking this recipe 🙂

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      Choclette
      24th September 2015

      Thanks Jo. These were the most I’d done in a while and I was out of practice. Luckily it all came good 🙂

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    Dom
    24th September 2015

    94 cakes… where’s this party?

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    Erica
    25th September 2015

    Sounds delicious. Love the custard and crumble topping idea..

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      Choclette
      26th September 2015

      Agree, it’s a good one Erica and perfect for this time of year.

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    waagmi
    25th September 2015

    This is really a nice combination. .. love the recipe. ..can u tell me the substitute of egg for this recipe!

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      Choclette
      26th September 2015

      Thanks Waagmi. I’ve not tried it with anything other than egg, so I wouldn’t like to say. But I know flaxseed is often used as a vegan egg substitute.

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      Choclette
      26th September 2015

      Thanks Sundari, blueberries and lemon make for a great combination 🙂

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    molly kumar
    27th September 2015

    They look so nice and perfect bite size. Love the crumble n custard icing too – Absolutely Yum!!!

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    Prateek
    27th September 2015

    Love the recipe, mouth water as always from you Choclette! Just curious does using duck eggs instead of regular eggs enhance the taste in any way?

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    Eb Gargano
    28th September 2015

    What a great idea! I love cupcakes and I love apple crumble so I think I will really love these. Definitely bookmarking!

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      Choclette
      29th September 2015

      Thank you Eb. These little apple crumble bites are a bit of a winner 🙂

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    Amanda@ChewTown
    29th September 2015

    I really do love the sound of these mini cakes, especially with the puree, custard and crumble. I’m pinning this for later!

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      Choclette
      29th September 2015

      Thanks Amanda. Hope you like them, they are a bit of a crowd pleaser.

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    LauraOinAK
    2nd October 2015

    I have a teenaged son who would adore these. The combination of custard with cake and crumble is just mouthwatering.

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      Choclette
      2nd October 2015

      Thanks Laura. It really is mouthwatering and I can feel a real apple crumble coming on – with custard 😉

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      Choclette
      2nd October 2015

      Thanks Becky. It’s a classic, although the custard isn’t the real deal of course, it’s just a nod to it really.

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      Choclette
      2nd October 2015

      Thanks Callie, it’s a lovely concept and a delicious little bake 🙂

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    Lisa
    25th October 2015

    Cake, Custard, and most importantly apples. Yum! Yum! These would be great for bonfire night!

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