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
Author Elena Szeliga

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