For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, cored, and finely chopped apples (use a variety like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp)

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Make the Streusel Topping: In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon for the streusel topping. Cut in the cold butter using a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  3. Make the Cupcake Batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in the chopped apples.
  5. Fill Cupcake Liners: Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners in the muffin tin, filling each about 2/3 full.
  6. Add Streusel Topping: Sprinkle the streusel topping over the cupcake batter in each liner.
  7. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Make the Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Adjust the consistency by adding more milk if needed.
  9. Drizzle Glaze: Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top of each cupcake.
  10. Enjoy: Allow the glaze to set before serving. Enjoy your delicious Apple Pie Cupcakes!