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It’s always hard having family that lives far away. When they come to visit you always try to fit in as much as possible in a short amount of time. What’s even harder is when you have family that has roots but then moved away, because when they come back for a visit they have a million and one people to catch up with. This was the case with my cousins who came home from Idaho this past week. They were only here for a few days and had a wedding to fit in, so my mom and I decided to throw a party so everyone could come to them! I, of course, was in charge of desserts. And what better way to celebrate family on the first weekend in September in Maine than with apple recipes.
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Somewhere along the line… apples lost their mojo and pumpkin took the world by storm (I blame Starbucks), and not that I don’t like pumpkin, but I’m not ready for it. For me, apples are the star of September and the perfect ingredient for all of those early fall desserts. Whereas pumpkin is better for when the air is crisp and the leaves are on the ground. Therefore, it’s time to bring apples back, they are an american classic after and almost everyone loves them! Especially when you can make so many things with them!
I made a quick trip into Walmart to grab all of my recipe goodies and discovered these Candy Apple M&M’s®, of course two bags of them went in the cart along with several other flavors like the Candy Corn which made some great Rice Krispies Treats for the party too! Plus I had a great coupon for $1.50 off when you buy two (2) M&M’s® brand chocolate candies, so it was the perfect time to stock up!
One of the most popular treats at the party were these 3-ingredient Apple Butter Pecan Cupcakes with an Apple Pie Spice Whipped Frosting! You’re probably wondering how you make cupcakes with just three ingredients, do you remember these Orange Creamsicle ones? Well, it’s kind of the same idea… start with a cake mix and in this case just add Mott’s Applesauce and water. I know, I know, I was a bit skeptical when I first saw the idea too. Could it really work? Yes! Yes it can! And the cupcakes are super moist and fluffy too! The best part is that the applesauce is a much more balanced base for the cupcakes than the traditional eggs and oil. I chose to use a Butter Pecan cake mix that I’d had my eye on for some time and I’m so glad I did, the flavor combo was awesome!
Apple Harvest Party with M&M’s® and Mott’s
- 1 Box Butter Pecan Cake Mix or flavor of your choice
- 1 cup Applesauce
- 1 cup Water
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Line cupcake pan with liners.
- Combine ingredients in a stand mixer or large bowl and beat until smooth.
- Fill liners 2/3 - 3/4 full (they don't rise a lot)
- Bakes for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes clean.
- Place on cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
- Add heavy cream, confectioners' sugar, pudding and apple pie spice to a large bowl or stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy.
- Adjust spice to taste.
- Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.
- Sprinkle with pecans and top with crab apples.
The best, or at least the cutest part about these cupcakes are the crab apples. I mean, they’re just so darn cute it isn’t even funny. My little cousin said he wouldn’t eat a cupcake because he didn’t like cherries, when I told them they were apples he just looked at me like I have three heads. I finally convinced him to try them and he was amazed that they actually were apples! I told him to look at me so I could take a picture, and this is what I got… can you tell he’s a photographer’s kid?
Here’s a peek at the whole spread, quite festive don’t you think! That’s one thing I really love about fall get togethers is that it doesn’t take much to put them together decor wise as the food itself is beautiful!
Don’t forget those to go boxes for those who want to take dessert on the road with them!
It wouldn’t have been a party without this amazing Caramel Apple Pie Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Pie Chips that I posted the recipe for earlier in the week! Seriously, this stuff is super addictive and dangerous too because it’s so easy to make!
I also made more cake pops using this method and dipped them in milk chocolate and sprinkled them with crushed Candy Apple M&M’s®.
Mr. Keifer here really loved the Mott’s Applesauce and spoons that I put together, he kept grabbing one and holding on to it, then he’d set it down and want another. Needless to say the little guy gathered quite a stock pile. Plus, who could say no to that sweet face!
I really love Mason jars because not only do they make great glasses, but they can really pull a presentation together. I wrapped each one in ribbon and used a baby clothespin to attach a name tag for guests to keep track of their jar. I added a cinnamon stick to each jar to keep everyone’s Sparkling Apple Pie Sangria nice and spiced. Wait… did I just say Sparkling Apple Pie Sangria? Why, yes, I did. You probably want that recipe too now don’t you?
I happened to have another coupon for $1.00 off when you buy two (2) Mott’s juice drinks, so I picked up a 64 oz. bottle of Mott’s Apple Juice for the Sangria and a 6 pack of baby apple juices for the kids. This Sparkling Apple Pie Sangria is so easy to make. I probably should have made a double batch because it didn’t last long at all and I know that it’s going to be requested from me at every family even this fall and winter.
Sparkling Apple Pie Sangria
- 1 – 64 oz. Mott’s Apple Juice
- 2 liters Club Soda
- 750 ml Rosette Wine
- Cinnamon Sticks
- 4 Apples
- 1 tbsp Apple Pie Spice
- Add cinnamon sticks and apple pie spice to the bottom of a pitcher or drink dispenser. Chop up apples and add them to the mix. Add in ice. Pour liquid ingredients into the pitcher and chill for 1-2 hours before serving. The more the better though!
Everyone had such a fun time at the party and it was nice to be back in my hometown for the day celebrating friends, family and of course… food!
For more great fall recipe inspiration and savings, check out the Flavor of Fall Tumblr page!