Bake Sale: Waldorf Salad Cupcakes

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By Stefani Pollack

Keeping your New Year’s resolution to eat more salad just got easier!  These Waldorf salad cupcakes have all the trappings of a Waldorf salad; there are no greens, of course, but the cupcakes contain apples, raisins, walnuts, lemon, and even mayonnaise.  If you are a mayonnaise hater, don’t worry - rather than making the cupcakes taste like a condiment, the mayonnaise simply adds moisture (after all, mayonnaise is made with eggs and oil – key cupcake ingredients).  Enjoy these tart lemony cupcakes topped with whipped cream and swap the iconic cherry on top for a grape!

Note:  If you like the look of cupcake liners, use silicone or grease-proof liners.  The moisture of the apples will cause the cupcakes to pull away from standard paper liners.

Yield: 18 cupcakes


1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup full-fat mayonnaise
2/3 cup lemon juice
¾ cup raisins
¾ cup roughly chopped walnuts
¾ cup finely chopped apples
Whipped cream, to taste
9 grapes

Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add in the butter, and mix until well-combined.  You should end up with a fine crumb texture.
Mix in mayonnaise until well-combined.
Mix in lemon juice until well-combined.
Fold in raisins, walnuts, and apples.
Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.
Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.
Remove cupcakes from tins and set on a cooling rack to cool.
Once cool, top cupcakes with whipped cream and garnish with half of a grape.

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I look at u all of the time on ur cook channel.I learn how cook ur okra cornbread and ur onion corn bread and it is real good.I luv to know somemore some more of ur recipe.

By aannette wright on January 15, 2014


these cupcakes were terrible. maybe because there's no eggs in the recipe. just a ball of grease after removing from the oven. thumbs down

By angie on January 20, 2013


Cute idea!

By Sharon on January 11, 2013


grin These Sound to Tasty!--Yum!...How many calories per cupcake? grin

By Debra Kenny on January 11, 2013


Can u please put the nutritional values. So we can compute ww points

By Susan Hayes on January 10, 2013

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Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
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I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
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