Nothing brings me greater joy than baking with apples. The aroma of sweet and zesty cinnamon-scented apples baking in the oven is so exciting. The inspiration for these cute cups came to me as I was staring at a bunch of apples sitting in my fruit basket. You are probably wondering why the extra effort. It is just such a fun way to serve apple crumble, how could you not? It’s similar to a soup served in a bread bowl. Although I definitely don’t think you’ll be able to eat the apple cups after you’re done with the apple crumble. It would be a bit of a struggle because the cups are not baked (that would be gross). My sister doesn’t even like apple crumble but she loved these.
A quick heads-up: it may take you a while to hollow out the apples. It requires a bit of elbow grease and a good paring knife. It took me about 15 minutes to empty out the four cups. I use two different kinds of apples because personally I think they develop great flavor…um, okay I lie. I honestly used it for the color contrast. Once your pan is out of the oven, simply scoop out the apple crumble and drop them gently into the empty apple cups. Don’t they look like potted plants? Ah, so so good!
Apple Crumble Cups
Thsee apple crumble cups are so adorable and a fun, creative way to serve your apple crumble. Sweet, cinnamon deliciousness!
Servings: 4 cups
- 4 medium-sized apple I used Gala and Granny Smith
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- mint for garnishing
- Preheat you oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cupcake pan.
- Begin by hollowing out your apples. First, chop off the top. Run your paring knife inside the apples and scoop out the flesh. It will take a while (watch how I do it in my video).
- Once the apple cup is empty, squeeze in a couple drops of lemon juice. This will prevent the inside of the apple from turning brown.*
- In a mixing bowl, toss in the apple chunks along with brown sugar, cinnamon salt and lemon juice and keep to the side. As it sits, the juices from the apples will start to run.
- To make the crumble, cut butter into flour and brown sugar. I use my hands to do it but go ahead and use a knife or fork. Sprinkle a good pinch of salt and cinnamon and mix.
- To bake the apple crumble, fill the cavity of the mold of the cupcake pan up to the brim with the apples. Once all the molds are filled, spoon over the juice left in the bowl over the apples. Finally, top the apples with the crumble generously. and bake for 20-25 mins.
- To assemble the apple crumble, scoop out the apple crumble from each mold using a large spoon and place it gently into the empty apple cup.
- Top with vanilla icecream and a sprig of mint, and serve immediately.
- *Even after you rinse your apple cup with a little lemon juice, they will slightly turn brown but that's okay. Just leave the apple cups turned upside down until you are ready to fill them.
So, you don’t bake the apples at all…just use them fresh, right? Have you ever tried baking them a while or even baking the apple crumble inside the apple? I was wondering if it would be good or hold its shape.
Hey the apple filling is actually baked in a cupcake mold and then transferred into the hollow apple cavity. I wouldn’t bake the crumble inside the apple. They will get really soggy and probably not hold their shape. The apple is more for the appeal and aesthetic.