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A Personal “Thank You” Note and Apple Custard Cupcakes


A Thank You note to my daughter, Zoie:

Dear Zoie,
Thank you for being such a great daughter and thank you for these amazing apple custard cupcakes that you made to celebrate Dad and my anniversary.

They were soft, with a crunch of apple and a beautiful custard filling. When did you grow up? How did this happen so fast? Why do they look like a pastry chef came waltzing through my kitchen and the cleaning fairy came afterward?

Custard/Pudding filling waiting for action.

Just like these cupcakes, you are a gem. Thanks for being one of my very best friends and for remaining as sweet as the custard in the center even during your teen years.

Just like life, these cupcakes are the reward for the hard work you put into them. There were a few hiccups in the preparation, but nothing truly splendid comes without hard work and a few missteps.

Brushing butter over the top with the coolest basting brush ever. See below for details.

A spoon full of cinnamon-sugar sprinkled on top is the final touch.

Whereas I shy away from multi-stepped recipes with fillings and toppings, you dove right in and never looked back. Thankfully, you have a lot more patience than I do. That has served both of us well.

A perfect little cupcake.

I am so grateful that someone in this house other than ME has taken an interest in cooking and baking.  I am looking forward to years of Zoie additions to our meals and am already planning way ahead for my birthday request.
Love always,

Apple Tea Cakes
Taken directly from Cupcakes by Pamela Clark
Made only about 8 cupcakes for us…I would double this recipe if I were you since it’s a fair amount of trouble (about 45 min. prep. time) and I would rather get 16 cupcakes for my time.
6 T. butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 t. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
3/4 c. self-rising flour (or 3/4 c. all purpose flour, 1 t. baking powder + 1/4 t. salt instead…see food.com)
1/4 c. instant pudding mix, vanilla
3 T. milk (We use 2% but anything would work)
1 large (7 oz) unpeeled apple (she used Gala), cored, sliced finely
2 T. butter, melted (for basting)
1 1/2 T. sugar (for sprinkling on top later)
1/2 t. ground cinnamon

1 1/2 T. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 1 /2 T. sugar
1/2 c. milk (She used 2%)
1/2 t. vanilla extract

Directions: Make the Custard first. Blend pudding mix and sugar with milk and vanilla in small pot with wire whisk to get out clumps; stir over medium heat with wooden spoon or such until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat; cover surface with plastic wrap and cool.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line 8 or so muffin pan holes with cupcake liners.  Beat butter, vanilla, sugar and milk in a small bowl or in your stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until ingredients are just combined.  Increase speed to medium, beat until mixture changes to a paler color. Add eggs, one at a time.

Spoon half the mixture into baking cups, filling each cup 1/3 full. Top with custard (about a spoon full on top of each portion of batter).  Then top the custard with the remaining batter.  I like to use a medium-sized ice cream scoop to dole out my batter. I find this works well.

Whisk your dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and then add to the liquid ingredients, stirring to combine well or mixing on low speed.  Add your milk and combine. Don’t over mix.

Top with apple slices in a fan shape (see photos above) and push down slightly on the apples.  Bake for about 22-25 minutes depending on your oven or until slightly firm when touched and a bit golden.  Melt the 2 T. of butter. Brush (click link to basting brush) hot cakes melted butter.  Mix the 1.5 T. of sugar with the 1/2 t. of cinnamon together in a small bowl. Then sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the cakes.  Turn cakes onto wire rack.  Serve warm if you ask me.

37 thoughts on “A Personal “Thank You” Note and Apple Custard Cupcakes

  1. what a sweet post! these look amazing -I’ve never seen anything like this!

  2. This made me cry. Very sweet post and very sweet daughter!

  3. What a heart warming post Geni…so loved the relationship you guys share with your daughter & the cupcakes?? I m DROOLING!!

    And yes..you are most welcome to visit me for a full fledged Indian meal anytime! And I m serious 🙂

  4. Oh, now I want to run home and bake my Mama beautiful cupcakes! I loved the sentiment of this post; the bond between a mother and daughter is such a magical thing.

  5. Lovely! The cupcakes look delicious and now I’m extra excited to see my Mum tomorrow. =)

  6. So absolutely sweet! What an amazing recipe! Any secrets to raising a sweetheart through the teen years?!

    • I think I really just lucked out, but of course, allowing children to be themselves and support them through it all is my best advice. Sometimes we have expectations of who are children are going to be because of our childhood or our interests or strengths, and it’s easy to push them in our own direction.

  7. Love the look of the baked apple slices on top. Great post!

  8. Oh, I just loved this post! My 7 year old son made breakfast for all of us last week and my heart was so incredibly proud of him. Your daughter did a beautiful job. Happy Anniversary!

  9. This is so sweet. I’m glad you have such a good relationship with your daughter. She’s lucky to have you. 🙂
    These cupcakes look amazing. Clearly she got her talent for baking from you.

  10. What a sweet gal! The mini custard cake looks so lovely.
    Happy Anniversary!

  11. Aww Geni that was such as sweet note to your daughter..you must be also so proud of her for making these incredible looking cupcakes…I can see that you one awesome mom (and dad) for deserving such an awesome gift! I wish you Happy Anniversary!!!!

  12. These look fabulous! Could there be a future food blogger in the making?

  13. Those are just stunning cupcakes. What a sweet daughter you have!

  14. Geni, how wonderful!! What a very touching post. I”m DEFINITELY going to have to make these, she made them look so professional! Give her a HUGE hug for me – I’m so proud of her (it’s be better if mom gives her the hug as opposed to a complete stranger 😉 ). They sound so yummy!
    My 17 year old daughter came into the kitchen when I was frosting yesterday’s cake balls and jumped right in. It was a pretty awesome time and so spontaneous.

  15. What a beautiful post and fabulous cupcakes.
    🙂 Mandy

  16. Looks like you’ve passed down some of your amazing skills. What a sweet letter and daughter! Oh, and that brush is fantastic!

  17. Geni, this was the sweetest, most touching post! As I mother, I know how you feel to see your daughter step into your arena and do for you as you’ve done for her. She definitely has some baking talent…and I wonder where she got that from??!!

  18. What a sweet note! And these cupcakes look so tempting. I can’t wait for apple season!

  19. Your custard cupcakes looks so good! Moist, sweet, custardy and fruity all good things in one cupcake.

  20. Awww, so sweet! First of all, Happy Anniversary! And it sounds like you have an amazing daughter — she is quite the baker!

  21. Yum! The pudding mix in the custard is very interesting!

  22. Let me just say.. I LOVE THESE Apple Custard Cupcakes!!!! They look so decadent and delicious that I just printed this recipe out. I never been this excited since finding a new chocolate recipe lol

  23. That’s so sweet of her, and happy anniversary Geni. 🙂

  24. Awesome recipe – thank you! custard in cupcakes – perfect!

  25. What a beautiful post and a beautiful recipe! Sounds like you’re a well matched mother-and-daughter pair.

  26. What a sweet gift from your daughter! And congratulations on your anniversary. My husband and I celebrated our 20th in June and I think it’s a real milestone.

  27. What a sweet note and a really lovely gesture! You have a very thoughtful daughter, and a great baker, too 🙂 Even better about the cleaning fairy visit!

  28. Very sweet, the cupcakes are really nice and yummy looking. Will bookmark the recipe for this fall.

  29. Very cute cute post! Those apple and custard cupcakes sound FABULOUS!

  30. The combination of apples and cinnamon is my favorite flavor blend. These are gorgeous cupcakes! I’ll definitely have to put these on my to-do list. I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life’s Sweet Indulgences Sunday.


  31. oooohm …. these look yummy! I’ll definitely give these a try….some day soon….. thanks…

  32. these are beautiful cupcakes! thanks for submitting it to our #applelove bloghop. unfortunately, it is only for posts made in the month of october 2011. feel free to submit a new one for this month! 🙂

  33. Hi, you only mention using the butter, vanilla, sugar and milk to make the batter? Any particular way of using the remaining ingredients or any order? Thanks

  34. This was such a cute post! Made my day!!! The cupcakes did too… Thanks! ~ nerdwithtaste.wordpress.com

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