Mini Apple Cake Bites

with cinnamon crunch topping

35 min|Easy|Lightly Sweet
mini apple cake bites with cinnamon crunch topping
These Mini Apple Cake Bites can be a great breakfast treat or an after meal dessert. The cake bites themselves aren't super sweet, so they could be mistaken as apple muffins in the morning, but with a quick addition of powdered sugar or even a drizzle of vanilla glaze, they become a fruity dessert cake!
Hello, I'm Curtis — The photographer and recipe developer behind Digital Food Works. I photograph and produce commercial media in and around Central Florida.

Recipe Notes


  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup crumbled graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter (cold)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix the Cinnamon Crunch Topping
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and using a fork, "cut" the butter into the mix until everything is thoroughly combined. (Just keep pressing down on the butter with a fork until there's no visible signs of butter left.)

Step by Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 375º F.  Coat mini muffin pan with shortening (unless you're sure it's really a "non-stick" muffin pan).
Mix the Dry Ingredients
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until combined.
Coat Your Apples
In a separate bowl, toss the diced apples and a small amount of extra flour and cinnamon (from the "for coating the apples" step) until the apples are coated.
Fluffy Wet Ingredients
In a third bowl, combine the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix with an electric hand mixer on medium, until fully incorporated (1 or 2 minutes).
Combine Everything Together
Carefully add the milk to the dry mix along with the the butter mix from above. Stir everything together until combined. "Fold" in the diced apples without mixing, we don't want the flour and cinnamon coating to come off the apples.
Fill Tins and Top
For the photos with this recipe, I used a 24 well mini muffin pan. Dividing the batter evenly resulted in 2/3 full cup wells… which seems about right. These shouldn't rise too much. Add some of the Cinnamon Struesel Crunch Topping on top of each of the Apple Cake Bites.
Bake the Bites
Bake until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes.
Cool the Bites
Once slightly cooled, remove each cake bite and place onto a rack or plate to finish cooling.

Additional Notes

Mini Apple Cake Bites
For the vanilla drizzle pictured here, I just added a small amount of heavy cream and vanilla extract (about a half teaspoon of each) to some confectioners sugar (starting with a quarter cup), and kept adding and stirring until the mix was the right constancy. The drizzle was then placed in a piping bag and applied to the mini cakes.
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