Apple Cupcakes ***

It's fall here in New England.  And with fall there is apple picking.  Our family visited an orchard this past weekend.  So now there is an abundance of apples in my kitchen!  Although the apples are great as-is, my 9 y/o tried making apple cupcakes last evening.  We used this recipe for John's Three-Layer Apple Cake from the Martha Stewart website.  We did not make the frosting and made a few alterations to the recipe but overall they are a hit with the kids!

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, two coarsely grated and two diced

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake tins; set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and salt; set aside. 

3.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and  sugar until it is light and fluffy.  Add the eggs 1 by 1 until well combined.  Add the grated apple, mix until combined.  Add the flour mixture, mix until combined.  Fold in the diced apples. Divide batter among the cupcake tins; smooth tops.

4.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pans 20 minutes before removing.