Snow White Cupcakes may be inspired by a poisoned apple, but all the flavor and punch of sourness are more likely to bring you back to life!
Today’s Disney inspired cupcake is based off one princess who has had plenty of live action movies based off her story. My personal favorite is Sydney White, the hilarious modern day retelling of the one and only Snow White. But really, if you haven’t seen Sydney White and you’re a Snow White fan, you seriously need to watch this one. It’s so funny and her seven geeks are the best!
The flavor for these cupcakes was pretty easy to decide on. What says Snow White more than apples? And of course they need to be sour! I’ve never tasted one personally but I imagine a poisoned apple has a bit of a sour kick to it!
For the Snow White cupcakes I used fresh apples and pureed them in my food processor before adding them to the batter. There are a lot of artificial flavorings out there, but personally, I don’t think anything beats fresh when it comes to fruit flavors. To get one cup of pureed apple, you’ll need about 1.5-2 apples depending on their size.
While I am aware that it was a Red Delicious that put dear Snow White into her (not) eternal slumber, I used Granny Smith apples for the cupcakes. I always use Granny Smith apples in baked goods, they lend a much stronger and more tart flavor than other types of apples.
The frosting is an Apple Buttercream, but I did not use fresh apples in the frosting. I was concerned about the browning of pureed apple. I didn’t think it would look very appetizing so instead I used unsweetened applesauce. The applesauce still provided the apple flavor but I didn’t need to worry about my frosting turning brown.
And the pièce de résistance of the Snow White Cupcakes is the sour sugar! To give your cupcakes a kick of sour flavor, simply mix equal parts granulated sugar and citric acid. This will make your sour sugar to sprinkle generously over the top of the cupcakes. I know the words citric acid sound scary but it’s not harmful. It’s the same stuff that makes sour patch kids, and sour gummy worms taste sour. It’s pretty commonly found in the baking or canning aisles of your local grocery store.
Only one more Disney cupcake left! And I’m sure you can already guess which princess inspired it!
Snow White Cupcakes
- 1/2 Cup Butter softened
- 1 Cup Apple Puree
- 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
- 2 Large Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 2/3 Cup Milk
- 1/2 Cup Butter softened
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 6 Cups Powdered Sugar
- Milk as needed
- 1/8 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/8 Cup Citric Acid
Preheat oven to 350° and line two muffin pans with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer mix the butter and pureed apple. Slowly add in the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until fully combined after each one. Add the vanilla.
Alternate adding the flour mixture and milk until just combined.
Divide batter between muffin pans and bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
In your stand mixer beat together the butter and apple puree. Slowly add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary add milk 1 tsp at a time to make the frosting a pipe-able consistency.
Fill a pastry bag with frosting and pipe onto cupcakes. Sprinkle frosting generously with sour sugar.