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Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Tasty and adorable Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes!

Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Tasty and adorable Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes

Aren’t these Russian apple cinnamon cupcakes cute? They look like apples and they taste like an apple pie. The whole Christmas baking thing has just started and I can see pictures of chocolate chip cookies 5 times a day on the internet. Here is something different for you to bake in December: Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes.

Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Tasty and adorable Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes

They are cupcakes because they are baked in a cupcake form and they are Russian because I used Russian-style yeast dough, which smells so good when you open your oven and take them out… Smells like warm cozy home and childhood. The decor is so simple and yet I think it’s quite cool: just a clove and a pumpkin seed.

Apples are in season right now, so I can see no reason not to bake these cuties one more time. Or maybe two. You know a saying: An apple a day keeps a doctor away? It might not be about cupcake apples but I don’t care. They are so delicious and they look adorable!

How to Make Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

The baking process is easy if you know what baking is all about. You make the dough, let it rest, prepare the filling, divide and roll, stuff, decorate, bake. It takes a while to make them but it’s worth every minute. My husband’s eyes lightened up when he first saw these apple cinnamon cupcakes. They are so cool indeed! They are fluffy, moist, crunchy and they taste like an apple pie. They are great to take away, too. Pictures are better than words in this case. Just look at them! Check the recipe below for precise instructions. Don’t forget to remove the clove before eating. Happy baking!

Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Tasty and adorable Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Tasty and adorable Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Tasty and adorable Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Tasty and adorable Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes

Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Delicious and fluffy Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes
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Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Tasty and adorable Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Keyword apple cupcakes, russian cupcakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 241kcal

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 60 ml or 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 300 grams or 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 50 grams or 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking spice mix (cloves nutmeg, vanilla and cardamom)
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 75 grams or 1/3 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large apples

For the filling:

  • 50 grams or 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking spice mix (cloves nutmeg, vanilla and cardamom)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 12 pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix warm milk, yeast and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Stir and leave for 5 minutes for the yeast to ferment.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, 50 grams sugar and spices. Add the butter and mix it with your hands. Make a hole in the center and pour the beaten egg and yeast mixture. Knead the dough until smooth. If necessary, add more milk or flour.
  • Put the dough on a flour dusted working surface and knead it for 5 minutes until it's smooth and elastic. Form a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 90 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Peel and dice apples. Put a saucepan or a skillet on medium heat. Add apples, brown sugar and spices. Stir for a few minutes and add the lemon juice. Reduce the heat and let it stew under the lid for 10-15 minutes, until the apples are tender. Then add flour for thickening.
  • Lightly grease cupcake forms with butter. Once the dough has doubled in size, place it on the flour dusted surface and knead for 1 minute to remove the excessive air. Divide it into 12 pieces and form balls.
  • With a rolling pin, roll the balls until they are roughly 12-13 cm in diameter. Roll the edges thinner than the center. Put one tablespoon of the filling in the center. Fold the edges around the filling, forming a knot on top. Don't worry if it looks bad, it won't be visible anyway. Transfer it to the cupcake form, with the knot facing down. Repeat with the remaining dough balls and filling. Leave in a warm place covered by a kitchen towel for 30 more minutes. 10 minutes before you want to put the cakes in the oven, heat it to 180 °C (350 °F). Then brush the cupcakes with a beaten egg, insert cloves in the middle of each "apple" and lay pumpkin seeds as "leaves" next to the cloves.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool before serving. Don't forget to remove the clove before eating. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.
Store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Tasty and adorable Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes

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Russian Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes: Tasty and adorable Russian yeast cupcakes with apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices. Great alternative to usual cupcakes

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Persephone N Martinez

Friday 12th of July 2019

I made these last year And i love them so much Im going to make them again this year!

Elena Szeliga

Friday 12th of July 2019

That's so nice to hear, Persephone! It's an old recipe and I almost forgot about it although these cupcakes were really yummy. Have to make them again soon! Thank you for your kind feedback ;)

adina

Wednesday 9th of December 2015

I love this recipe, something completely new for me. :)

Elena Szeliga

Wednesday 9th of December 2015

Thank you, Adina! I encourage you to try it, you won't be disappointed! :)

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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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