Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes

This is a beautiful cupcake and it tastes as good as it looks....tender with a crunchy topping. Next time I'm going to add a bit more apple, but other than that, it was perfect. While the recipe was from Cooking Light,  I didn't use the lo-cal options, mainly because I didn't have them in my fridge. You'll find them included in parenthesis so you can watch your calories if you wish. 

Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes
From Cooking Light, October 2009 

Ingredients for the cupcakes:
Cooking spray  
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour   
1/2 teaspoon  baking powder  
1/4 teaspoon  salt  
1/4 teaspoon  baking soda  
3/4 cup  granulated sugar  
1/4 cup  (2 ounces)  cream cheese, softened  (or use 1/3-less-fat cream cheese)
1/4 cup  butter, softened  
2 tablespoons  amaretto (or use 1/2 teaspoon almond extract)
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract  
1   large egg  
1/2 cup  sour cream  (reduced-fat sour cream)
1/4 cup milk  ( 2% reduced-fat milk)  
3/4 cup  finely chopped Gala apple  (I'd use 1 cup, if not more)
1 tablespoon  all-purpose flour  

Ingredients for the streusel:
2 tablespoons  all-purpose flour  
2 tablespoons  brown sugar  
1/4 teaspoon  ground cinnamon  
2 tablespoons  butter, chilled  
2 tablespoons  sliced almonds  

Ingredients for the glaze:
1 cup  powdered sugar  
4 teaspoons milk   (2% reduced-fat milk ) 

Preheat oven to 350°.
Place muffin cup liners in 12 muffin cups; coat with cooking spray.
Whisk 1 1/2 cups flour  with baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl.

In a larger bowl, mix granulated sugar, cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter and beat with a mixer at high speed until well 
blended. Add amaretto, vanilla, and egg to sugar mixture; beat until well blended.

Mix sour cream and 1/4 milk until smooth.  In another bowl, toss the apple and 1 tablespoon flour
 until apple is coated. (I didn't think this was enough apple. You could add 1/4 cup more.)

Add flour mixture and sour cream mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until blended. Fold in apple mixture. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
To prepare the streusel, mix 2 tablespoons flour, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in almonds.
Sprinkle streusel evenly over cupcakes. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center 
comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes on a wire rack, and remove the cupcakes from pan.
 To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and 4 teaspoons milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over cupcakes.


  1. Barbara, I'm not a dessert/sweet person, but these really caught my attention. They sound wonderful and I must make them soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. I agree, more apples would only make these better. Love the amaretto. What a nice change of pace from vanilla extract.

  3. Amaretto! Apples! Streusel! I only wish I had just one of those yummy cupcakes with my coffee this morning.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Barbara...

  4. The shape is so nice too..Really appetizing!

  5. Barbara, these really sound wonderful. The amaretto moves them out of the ordinary. As it happens, I have everything I need to make these on hand. Guess what I'll be doing this afternoon :-). Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  6. Barbara ! love so much these cupcakes!!! really!

  7. Those cupcakes look very tempting! An ode to autumn.



  8. Se ve riquísimo Barbara muy tentador sus cupcake una verdadera delicia,abrazos grandes.

  9. They look rich and divine, Barbara. That streusel topping is definitely the killer!

  10. The Knight says ditch the amaretto and they'd be great. I say ditch the streusel and they sound perfect.

    Guess I won't be making them, since we can't agree on a modification.

  11. Dear Barbara,

    Now this apple streusal cupcake is making me feel very hungry - it looks so good!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Wishing you a happy weekend

  12. You had me at amaretto!

  13. Whoah, those look positively decadent! Way to make a Cooking Light recipe fatty and fabulous LOL.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* H

  14. Oh gosh
    it looks so delectable
    and I just love amaretto so much that I am sure to love this.

  15. Hello Barbara!! I should have remembered to never..ever read your blog on an empty stomach. You'd think I had learned by now. It's been far too long since I've stopped bye to see what you've been up to. I hope all is good in FL and sending all my best to you. I really need to start baking again. These cupcakes look amazing. Happy October!

    x Deb

  16. OMG they look soooo good!

  17. You had me at amaretto. :) Seriously, these look great!

  18. Technically, a cupcake would be a "small bite." Will anyone bust me if I eat four or five??

  19. Cupcakes don't get any more beautiful than that. I love the idea of adding apples - perfect for this season!

  20. Good evening Barbara! I hope you are enjoying your "fall" though you are on the warmer side of the globe! Thank you so much for coming by for a visit today, and look at this recipe!!!!! This is the time of year that even though I'm busy with school, I always find some time to bake or cook and this is a beautiful recipe! With tea or coffee or other hot beverage, I would just want to wrap myself up with a good book and a good mouthful of something like this!

    Have a great week! Anita

  21. Gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to try this!

  22. these look marvelous! hard to beat a streusel AND a glaze. :)



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