Apple Muffins

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These apple muffins are always a hit! I am not the only one saying it, all guests who eat my apple muffins say so. These are like a saver! Whenever I can’t decide what treat to serve for guests and whenever I feel stuck, Yusuf helps me reminding these apple muffins! The batter could be poured either in muffin molds or a regular cake mold, doesn’t matter; the result is always the same: Happy guests! I’ve made these muffins several times this year, so it has almost replaced the place of our favorite Cake with Carrot and Walnut in our hearts! I don’t want to sound unfaithful to our favorite cake, but this one is easier with fewer ingredients. And these are healthier as the batter contains just half cup of olive oil!

I made these apple muffins for some collegues this time. We were invited to our department head’s home for a meeting a few days ago and we were about 20 people. I thought it would be great to make some apple muffins for these lovely people. Most of them are familiar with GiveRecipe, but it would be the first time for some of them to try something I cooked. That’s why I was a bit excited! You know people have high expectations when you have a food blog. They think that food bloggers are like professional cooks and never go wrong. This is definitely not true! We make mistakes too! And I always tell them that I’m still in the learning process.

It turned out to be a great potluck party as everyone brought something. The dinner table was full of scrumptious savory and sweet treats! Let me share the ones I remember: stuffed grape leaves (definitely a must at a Turkish potluck party), su boregi(Boiled Borek), kadayif, chocolate muffins, kisir, Lentil Balls, browni, borek with ground beef, potato borek, and so many other delicacies I don’t remember now!

How did my collegues find my apple muffins? So refreshing, so soft, light enough, flavorful, appealing; these are the words they used to describe these muffins. They also loved the lemon zest topping, which I added after muffins were baked. I didn’t add any in the batter, but little pieces of zest were enough to make them feel the refreshing flavor!

Unfortunately I forgot to top them with lemon zest before taking the shots! But you shouldn’t forget it before serving, it definitely makes these apple muffins even more refreshing!

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It’s good to prepare everything beforehand.

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Start from eggs and sugar.

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Did I tell you these muffins are healthy? I used 1/2 cup olive oil.

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Grated apples can’t wait any longer! Toss them into the mixture!

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Add dry ingredients and mix with a spatula. Whole wheat flour makes it even healthier!

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See how it’s creamy! Love to smell this!

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Fill 3/4 of molds with batter. Don’t overfill them, otherwise it will overflow when baking.

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Ready to be baked!

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You see how they have risen!

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Gorgeous color, isn’t it? Who wouldn’t like to have a bite from this?

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Some snow like castor sugar makes everything perfect!

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These muffins love snow! It could be a good farewell to Winter here!

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You can put these in kids’ lunch box or in your picnic basket too!

So here is the recipe for Elmali Topkek as it is called in Turkish:

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Apple Muffins
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So refreshing, so soft and light apple muffins!
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup apple, grated (I used 2 apples)
  • 1 and ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • Castor sugar and lemon zest for topping
  1. Mix eggs and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add olive oil and continue mixing.
  3. Toss in grated apple and mix.
  4. Mix flour, vanilla, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Add these to the mixture and mix with a spatula.
  6. Pour batter into muffin molds and bake at 170C for 20 minutes.
  7. Check if they are done with a toothpick.
  8. Let them cold and sift castor sugar on each.
  9. Top with grated lemon zest and serve.
These make 25-30 muffins depending on your muffin mold size.


  1. says

    Zerrin those apple muffins are delectable, more with the perfect and heavenly pictures. The first image deserves to be hung as a work of art on the wall :-)
    And yes, I want to have a bite!

  2. says

    Lovely muffins! They must taste really good. Apples pair so well with cinnamon.



  3. says

    we have so many apples in the veggie bin and I often want to make something with them so this is a perfect option! thanks!

  4. says

    These are gorgeous Zerrin! How lucky your colleagues are to enjoy your delicious baking! Hope your week is going good!

    • says

      Thank you Reeni! I felt so proud when I heard all those positive feedbacks! The best part of cooking and baking, right?

    • says

      Thank you! They really were! Still trying to improve the photography here and my husband generally takes the role of shooting.

  5. Cristina says

    Luvin’ this recipe, Zerrin. Uses olive oil and lemon (yum!) and best/most of all…they’re muffins. Like that scalloped muffin pan you’re using. Of all things in baking, I love to bake up muffins! Savin’ this recipe to make for sure. 😉

    • says

      Hi Cristina! Olive oil and lemon make these muffins wonderfully light!Hope you love these as much as my colleagues when you try!

  6. says

    How did you know I had a whole bunch of apples that needed to be baked into something delicious? I love muffins, and I’m always eager for a new recipe. Thank you for sharing!

    • says

      Glad to hear that Monet! I know you love baking and this is really a good way to use the apples in hand!

    • says

      Hi Rosalie! Thanks for asking, I forgot to add it! I’ve just added in the recipe that you need to bake it at 170C.

    • says

      Hi Tia! Thank you! Our home was smelling so good that we thought even our neighbors felt it!

  7. Becky Flammang says

    What is the hamur kabartma kozu? I don’t see it in the recipe. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  8. Louise says

    Easy to make, easy to bake, lovely texture but I won’t be making them again, serious lack of flavour even though they have a ton of sugar in them (almost 5 oz) the consensus of opinion of the tasters all said they were plain, no depth to the flavour, sorry.

  9. ummuRayna says

    I was looking something special with cinnamon for a special friend that is in love with cinnamon.I think i find it,thanks to you dear :) Greetings from Albania 😀


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