Apple Spice Cupcakes Recipe

Kristan Roland | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Apple Spice Cupcakes bring the best of the season into one cupcake. Sweet and spicy, you'll be hooked.

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I have always loved apple flavored anything! As much as I’m crazy about pumpkin in the Fall, I’m even crazier about apple. There are so many ways to bake it, simmer it, and dip it in caramel – it’s definitely one of the most versatile fruits out there.

Applesauce has always been one of my favorites, too. My son or my husband will not touch it, which I don’t understand. It’s apples cooked and mashed up with spices. What is the problem?

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Unless you don’t like delicious things, in which case, I can’t help you. They WILL however, eat foods with applesauce baked IN it, which isn’t surprising. Leave it to my two picky eaters to need their apples to go through TWO cooking processes before they are willing to eat it. Good grief, no wonder I buy my wine by the box.

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Applesauce is a super fantastic baking ingredient, in case you didn't know. It not only gives a wonderful Fall flavor, but it also adds a ton of moisture. One of my favorite Christmas memories is the Applesauce Raisin Cookies my grandma used to make. They were so soft and cinnamon-y, with a crunchy sugar topping. Funnily enough, my mother-in-law gave me the recipe for my husband’s favorite childhood treat several years ago. The recipe? Applesauce bars. Of course!

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These cupcakes are perfectly apple-ey and moist, with applesauce and diced Granny Smith apples baked in the batter. You can top these with plain buttercream or cream cheese frosting, but I chose to top these with sweetened whipped cream. If that is the route you go, make sure to hold off on topping them until right before serving.

These would also be pretty great frosting free, with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top. Whichever way you frost them, they are delicious!

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Apple Spice Cupcakes Recipe

    12 Servings


For the Apple Spice Cupcakes:
  • 1/3 cup Butter, Softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 cup Applesauce
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple, Peeled and diced
Sweetened Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar


For the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium speed for 2 minutes, until fluffy and smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla. With the mixer on medium speed, add flour mixture and applesauce alternately to the butter mixture, starting and ending with flour. Fold in the diced apples.
  4. Fill lined muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center. Let cool completely before topping with sweetened whipped cream.

For the Whipped Cream:

  1. Place a clean metal mixing bowl and your mixer’s whisk attachment in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from freezer and add whipping cream and powdered sugar.
  3. Beat on medium low speed until thickened, then beat on high until a stiff whipped cream is formed.
  4. Frost cooled cupcakes.


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Author: Kristan Roland
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 105
Calories 265

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 70mg
Total Carbohydrate 34g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 21g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kristan Roland

About Kristan

Kristan is known for her candy creations and hilarity on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. We know where her true genius is, though: fanciful fanatical cupcake and cake creations!

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