Novice Enters Bake Contest?!
An email pops up on my screen for a cupcake and cookie bake sale & contest and this immediately peaks my interest. I have always wanted to bake dessert for clients, friends, and family during the Holidays, but year-after-year I just put it off and end up conveniently buying baked goods. Not that anything is wrong with that, but I always look at the ingredients of a store bought item and think I can totally make that. So this year, what’ different? Why now? Well, I guess I’m a sucker for competition in the kitchen, but the icing on the cupcake is discovering a creative recipe for charity.
If I told you that I rarely bake dessert outside of bread pudding, and lets be honest… bread pudding is super simple to make, but thought that entering a bake sale & contest was a great way to get started, I am sure that you would think I was nuts for doing this! Don’t get me wrong, I do cook and fairly well from what I have been told. With cooking you just start light and then add ingredients or a little more heat until its right, but baking has always made me nervous because the ingredients have to be measured exactly right. And yeah, there’s a little more to cooking than that, but for simplicity sake that’s the gist.
Like most people, I decided to go with the baked good that required the smallest quantity, which are the cupcakes, but the problem is that I don’t prefer cake, but I love pie and if I’m going to bake something it should at least be something I wanna eat. After perusing a few recipe’s online and Pinterest, I found 2 that I decided to combine, Apple Pie Cupcakes with Perfect Graham Cracker Crust. I have not seen a recipe for Apple Pie Cupcake with Graham Cracker Crust anywhere or know anyone that has tried this so I figured what the heck, give it a go!
My Recipe for Charity
Luckily for me, there was a little leeway in the contest rules. I can incorporate cake mix and other ready-to-go ingredients, but I have to alter them somehow or change it up and make them my own. This was the main reason I decided to join the contest. I love a challenge, but I’m not up for looking like a fool. This is baking with training wheels on, I can do this and so can you!
Apple Pie Cupcake with Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients
Graham Cracker Crust
- About 10 full sheets of graham cracker
- 6 Tablespoons of melted butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
Increase this recipe if you are making more than 12 standard size cupcakes or want a thicker crust
Apple Pie Cupcake
- Box of White Cake Mix and required ingredients
- 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
- A can (22 oz) apple pie filling or 1 recipe Homemade Apple Pie Filling
- Canned frosting or home made frosting
- Ok, so first things first. Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners or grease it. I greased my pan because I wanted the judges to see the layers of my cupcakes easily. Typically cupcakes have liners.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grind the graham cracker in a blender. You can also place the graham cracker in a plastic bag and use a roller to create a sand-like consistency or gently smash the graham cracker with a mallet.
- Mix the butter, sugar and crumbled graham cracker in a bowl and mix the ingredients. The consistency should still be grainy. Don’t worry if this didn’t happen. Once baked the sugar and butter will be the glue to hold the mix together.
- Pour small spoonfuls into each cupcake cavity. The bottom of each cavity should be completely covered. Make sure to pack the graham cracker as tight as possible. I used a small shot glass to press down on the mixture.
- Place cupcake pan in the oven for 6-8 minutes. Let cool.
- Follow instructions on cake mix box. Stir in cinnamon.
- Chop apple pie filling into small pieces.
- Spoon or pour cake mix into each cavity. Make sure the cake mix isn’t too close to the brim. Leave room for cupcakes to rise.
- Spoon a moderate size of apple pie filling in the center of the cake mix. The cake mix will wrap itself around the filling.
- Place cupcake pan back in the oven and follow box instructions for cook time. Let cool.
- Spread frosting on top of cupcake.
- Sprinkle cinnamon and/or nutmeg lightly on the cupcakes.
I really enjoyed making these cupcakes and have gotten some really great feedback from folks that have tried my blended recipe. I plan to donate the proceeds of the Bake Sale to the American Cancer Society in honor of my father-in-law who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer if I win the contest. Be sure to check our blog for updates regarding the contest.