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Apple Crumble and Custard Mini Cakes – Perfect for an Autumnal Party

Apple Crumble and Custard Mini Cakes

Cupcakes | 23rd September 2015 | By

Back along, I made these mini chocolate surprise cakes for a friend’s celebration, along with these dairy and gluten free lemon and almond coconut cakes. It so happens that I also made some rum and raisin cupcakes and these rather fun apple crumble and custard mini cakes for the same occasion.

Apple Crumble and Custard Mini Cakes

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. I adapted a recipe I found in Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift and used my tried and tested cake mix. I decided having a filling of apple in the actual cake as well as apple in the batter was the way to go. There are a few steps involved in making these cakes, but all of the processes are quite easy.

The apple crumble and custard mini cakes are topped with custard buttercream and crumble pieces. They turned out to be very cute and tasty too.

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Photo courtesy of Perle Laouenan-Catchpole

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Apple Crumble and Custard Mini Cakes
Apple Crumble and Custard Mini Cakes
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Crumble Baking
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
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.
Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: British
Keywords: apples, cake, crumble cake, cupcakes, mini cakes
Servings: 24 mini cakes
Author: Choclette
Ingredients
Apple Purée
  • 3 large cooking apples
  • 30 g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • splash of water
Cupcakes
  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 125 g light muscovado sugar
  • 2 large eggs I used duck eggs
  • 75 g wholemal flour
  • 75 g plain white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • apple purée
Crumble
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 50 g light muscovado sugar
  • 75 g wholemeal flour
  • 75 g plain white flour
  • 1 tsp cold water
Custard Buttercream
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 20 g custard powder
  • 100 g icing sugar
Instructions
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.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift

Link-Ups

 Apple Season LogoI am sending these apple crumble and custard mini cakes off to Lisa’s Apple Season link-up over at United Cakedom.

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42 Comments

  1. Liz (Good Things)

    23rd September 2015 at 7:43 am

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd September 2015 at 7:41 pm

      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 🙂

      Reply
  2. Henk Kooiman

    23rd September 2015 at 8:03 am

    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 !

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd September 2015 at 7:39 pm

      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 🙂

      Reply
  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    23rd September 2015 at 12:10 pm

    94 cakes!! wow…surely you had some fun with it. These muffin form cakes look fantastic!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd September 2015 at 7:43 pm

      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.

      Reply
  4. Emily

    23rd September 2015 at 12:21 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd September 2015 at 7:44 pm

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

      Reply
  5. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    23rd September 2015 at 9:57 pm

    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!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      24th September 2015 at 8:35 pm

      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 😉

      Reply
  6. Camilla

    23rd September 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Totally lush cakes for autumn – can you post?

    Reply
    • Choclette

      24th September 2015 at 8:35 pm

      I can virtually post Camilla, will that do?

      Reply
  7. Ceri

    24th September 2015 at 9:46 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      24th September 2015 at 8:37 pm

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

      Reply
  8. Jo

    24th September 2015 at 12:43 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      24th September 2015 at 8:39 pm

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

      Reply
  9. Dom

    24th September 2015 at 3:39 pm

    94 cakes… where’s this party?

    Reply
    • Choclette

      24th September 2015 at 8:39 pm

      It should be yours and the Vikings TODAY Dom. Happy Birthday.

      Reply
  10. Erica

    25th September 2015 at 7:37 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th September 2015 at 11:03 am

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

      Reply
  11. waagmi

    25th September 2015 at 9:25 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th September 2015 at 11:04 am

      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.

      Reply
  12. Sara @ Life's Little Sweets

    26th September 2015 at 5:15 am

    These look great! Pinning to my apple dessert recipes board!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th September 2015 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Sara. I think I need one of those on Pinterest too!

      Reply
  13. Sundari

    26th September 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Must be very tasty.. No doubt 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th September 2015 at 7:01 pm

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

      Reply
  14. molly kumar

    27th September 2015 at 7:08 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      27th September 2015 at 8:18 am

      Thanks Molly. I have a thing for mini cakes 😉

      Reply
  15. Prateek

    27th September 2015 at 11:06 am

    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?

    Reply
    • Choclette

      27th September 2015 at 11:35 am

      Thanks Prateek, that’s really lovely of you. Duck eggs are the eggs of choice for baking, you can find out why in this post I wrote about it – /2009/07/duck-eggs/

      Reply
  16. Eb Gargano

    28th September 2015 at 12:15 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      29th September 2015 at 9:29 am

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

      Reply
  17. Amanda@ChewTown

    29th September 2015 at 6:30 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      29th September 2015 at 9:35 am

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

      Reply
  18. LauraOinAK

    2nd October 2015 at 6:27 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd October 2015 at 8:24 pm

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

      Reply
  19. Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk)

    2nd October 2015 at 4:10 pm

    These look so good! Bet the apples and custard are great together.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd October 2015 at 8:21 pm

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

      Reply
  20. Callie | Flour and Fancy

    2nd October 2015 at 4:16 pm

    What a great recipe! And with crumble and custard buttercream – sign me up! Thanks for sharing this.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd October 2015 at 8:22 pm

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

      Reply
  21. Lisa

    25th October 2015 at 8:58 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th October 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks Lisa, they would indeed be good for Bonfire Night 🙂

      Reply

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