With the leaves beginning to change and the air starting to become more crisper, I thought it would be the perfect time to try a new fall themed recipe. Something that I could eat with my morning coffee or a simple snack for my afternoon break. In the past, I’ve made similar cheesecake filled muffin and cupcakes, but I love the combination of the spice cake with the fresh pieces of apples scattered throughout the tin with just the touch of cheesecake center.
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These have already been proclaimed by Jonathan to be a mix between a muffin and a cheese danish. I can totally see where he is coming with that statement. This recipe is pretty simple to put together with the use of a spice cake mix, one apple, applesauce to replace the oil factor (and add a touch more apple flavor), and a quick cheesecake batter. Better yet, the cheesecake can totally be done away with to make it a tiny bit faster.
- 1 Box Spice Cake Mix
- Water (Per cake mix directions)
- Applesauce (To replace vegetable oil portion of cake mix directions)
- 1 Apple (Peeled & Cored)
- 1 Package Cream Cheese (8 Ounce, Room temperature)
- ¼ Cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prep your cupcake pan with liners.
- Peel, core, and dice your apple into small pieces. Place half of the apples in a medium mixing bowl. Divider up the second half of the apples into each of the cupcake liners and smooth so they cover the bottoms without overlapping on each other.
- In the mixing bowl, follow the directions per your Spice cake mix. Substitute equal parts vegetable oil for applesauce. Mix the mixture and divider evenly into cupcake liners.
- In another mixing bowl, combine room temperature cream cheese and sugar until mixed well together. Add the egg and vanilla and mix together to combine. Grab a piping bag (or let's be real, a ziplock) and add the cream cheese mixture to the bag. Trim the corner to use.
- Pushing slightly into the spice cake mixture from the center, put a dollop of cheese into each cupcake. No need to smooth out as they will do that once baked.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Garnish with a piece of apple, grab a latte, and ENJOY!