This week I was working on an apple TV shoot and I needed to make a variety of recipes that included apples. So thinking I would kill to birds with one stone so to speak, and to expand on my somewhat limited collection of muffin recipes on this blog, I decided to play around and do an apple and cinnamon one.

It’s a classic combination of flavours that works so well and is perfect for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon cup of tea. I added a hint of orange zest to liven it up.

apple and cinnamon muffins with a hint of orange

apple and cinnamon muffins with a hint of orange

These are quick and easy to whip up and are light and fluffy. I used Tru Cape red Cripps apples (or Pink Lady’s) – they are the right amount of tart and sweet for baking.

What to serve with these muffins:

Muffins served warm straight out the oven with a lashings of butter and good jam are the perfect toppings for these apple and cinnamon muffins.

Recipe | makes 12 large muffins – or 16 smaller ones


Apple and cinnamon muffins with a hint of orange

Delicious and easy apple and cinnamon muffins with a hint of orange

  • Author: Sam Linsell
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


125g butter / 1 stick (room temperature)

1 cup of light brown sugar

zest of an orange

1 t cinnamon

2 free-range eggs (large) – at room temperature

1/2 t vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk (125ml)

1 3/4 cup flour (220g)

2t baking powder

1 1/2 cups of apples (peeled and cored) cut into small dice

1/2 cup of grated apple with the juice squeezed out


Pre-heat your oven to 180C and line one or 1 1/2 muffin baking pan with paper liners.

Using an electric mixer beat the butter, orange zest, and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time ensuring that they are well mixed before adding the next one. Beat further until fluffy. Add the cinnamon. In a separate bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder (I very often sift it twice). Add half the milk to the mix and half the flour and briefly mix until combined.

Add the remaining milk and flour and mix. Do not over mix. By hand stir the fruit through the mix. Using an ice cream scoop to ensure uniform quantities, scoop out a dollop into each muffin case. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes and until they are well risen golden brown, and springy to the touch.

Keywords: muffins, apple, cinnamon, orange, easy

apple and cinnamon muffins with a hint of orange

apple and cinnamon muffins with a hint of orange

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  1. Where is the cinnamon?? I don’t see it listed……

  2. Can’t wait to try this delicious recipe Sam (I don’t see a measurement for the cinnamon, not sure if i am not reading it correctly)
    I have now made your Banana bread with cranberries and walnuts numerous times and it is the best banana bread I have ever tasted so thanks again for such wonderful and creative recipes.

  3. Carolie de Koster

    Good morning Sam!

    These look just so good – will make them today here in Auckland!

    We are still making good progress with Mr Apple – a lot of correspondence going on! I will let you know as soon as we get a final answer. Their main concern now is what they will get out of or achieve with such a publication – so I did send the You-tube link of Tru-cape to her as well which could be very valuable.

    Kind regards



  4. Sam

    Thanks Lisa, that is great. its 1 teaspoon cinnamon. i will go and rectify the recipe. Many thanks

  5. Elizabeth

    Hi, can I substitute the butter for unsweetened applesauce?

  6. Sam

    Hi Elizabeth, I have no idea as I have not tested / made them with apple sauce :-/

  7. Finally got around to making these today, they are devine! Didn’t have any oranges, so did them without the zest. They are so light and delicious!

  8. Sam

    So glad it worked out for you Taryn 🙂

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