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