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Easy and autumnal toffee apple cupcakes with a brown sugar apple sponge, toffee buttercream frosting and more! 

It’s bonfire season, and I am 100% in the mood to get really cosy, and absolutely enjoy life. I love everything about this time of year, so I really want to make sure I post a recipe for you guys that would fit the mood… hello toffee apple cupcakes. 

This is a recipe that has been requested so many times that I can’t actually keep up. I have a delicious toffee apple loaf cake that so many of you have been baking recently, but you all want the cupcake version – so here it is! 

I went for a very similar bake to the loaf cake because I just adore it so much. A dark brown soft sugar sponge, filled with apple chunks – creating such a soft and delicious sponge that you could to be honest eat as it is. 

The dark brown soft sugar is such a wonderful flavour that creates an almost toffee like flavour on it’s own! If you want something a little lighter and less deep, you can use light brown soft sugar instead to get a lighter caramel flavour, but something that still suits the apple! 

For the apple in the cupcakes, I used bramley/cooking apples. I love to use these in baking because it means you still get a decent texture for the apple in the bake – if you use normal eating apples they can get a bit sweet and soft. 

For the buttercream frosting, I again used the same idea as the toffee apple loaf cake – but using a toffee buttercream frosting! You can either make your own toffee sauce by using the recipe from my sticky toffee bakes (which is what I did!), or you can use shop bought! There is no shame in shop bought sauce. 

Yes, toffee brings more sweetness to the bake – but a toffee apple themed bake is always going to be more sweet. I always use block unsalted butter in my buttercream (which is just so important – especially if you are adding toffee sauce!). 

You can, however, to cut the sweetness, use slightly salted block butter. I don’t generally do this, but if you are worried about the sweetness you can always give it a go. Just make sure to not use a margarine or baking spread for the frosting as you will get soup. 

For these cupcakes I used homemade sticky toffee sauce as I said – and it creates the most beautiful drizzle. I couldn’t work out what I wanted to do for the decoration, but using my favourite piping tip as always was a start. 

I often get messages with people struggling with piping tips – and often its because they are too small. The piping tip I use in these cupcakes is just the dream to work with! I also think using good quality piping bags really helps because its easier to work with! 

With a bit of dried apple for decoration (Fresh apple would brown too quickly and look a little weird), and a drizzle of toffee sauce – you have your toffee apple cupcakes! Oh and if you want the same baking cupcake cases I used, you can find them here!! 

I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did – enjoy!! X

Toffee Apple Cupcakes!

Easy and autumnal toffee apple cupcakes with a brown sugar apple sponge, toffee buttercream frosting and more! 
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Category: Dessert
Type: Cupcakes
Keyword: Apple
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Cooling & Decorating: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 37 minutes
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Author: Jane's Patisserie



  • 250 g cooking apples (peeled + chopped weight)
  • 150 g unsalted butter/stork
  • 150 g dark brown brown sugar (+25g extra)
  • 150 g self raising flour
  • 3 Medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 200 g unsalted butter (room temp) (not stork)
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 75 ml toffee sauce


  • 50 ml toffee sauce
  • dried apple



  • Preheat your oven to 180ºc/160ºfan and line a 12 hole muffin tray with muffin cases or put 12 baking cups onto a flat tray!
  • Peel and core the apples, cube the apples into about 1cm (small) pieces.
  • Put the apples into a bowl, and cover with the 25g of dark brown soft sugar. Mix it up so all the apple pieces are covered and leave to the side.
  • Beat together the unsalted butter/stork and the dark brown soft sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the self raising flour, eggs, and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  • Fold the apple mixture into the cake mix and spoon into your cupcake cases.
  • Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 20-24 minutes, or until baked.
  • Once baked, transfer to a rack to cool completely.


  • Beat the room temperature unsalted butter for a few minutes until really light and supple.
  • Add in the icing sugar and beat fully.
  • Add the toffee sauce into the mixture and mix for 5 minutes until really light and fluffy.


  • Using a 2D Closed Star Piping Tip, pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes.
  • Drizzle on the toffee sauce, and add a piece of dried apple per cupcake.


  • I used the toffee sauce from this sticky toffee cake recipe! 
  • For this recipe I used:
  • When buying the apples, buy above the 250g as thats the chopped and peeled weight. You need to go for about 400g worth unpeeled, to make sure that its enough!
  • This cake will last in an airtight container for up to 3 days!


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  1. Nancy on November 13, 2021 at 11:34 am

    I want to try the recipe but you mentioned dark brown sugar.. Can I use any type of sugar?
    Thank you.

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 13, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      It’s best to use dark brown soft sugar or light brown soft sugar!

  2. Deborah on November 6, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Hi Jane
    Your post was my first email I jumped too! WOW!!! As usual it exceeded expectations! Oh gosh they look full of deliciousness 😘and I must make. If I wanted to buy the sticky toffee sauce could you suggest your favourite one and possibly add a link, doing the same for the apples to decorate and fudge pieces used in your sticky toffee loaf cake and sticky toffee cake. I will be baking 👩🏻‍🍳those now too, as my taste buds have just started popping looking at them! Many thanks. 😋

    • Deborah on November 14, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      Can anyone help with my query on toffee sauce, fudge pieces and dried apples to decorate. Not had a reply as yet. Keen to make seem very delicious!👍💕

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