If you enjoy a classic apple spice cake then you are going to love these Apple Spice Cupcakes. These moist and flavorful cupcakes are made with a simple apple cider cake batter that is topped with a homemade cinnamon buttercream frosting.
Top these easy and cupcakes with diced apples and caramel sauce. You are going to have a new favorite apple cupcake once you try these!
Apple Spice Cupcakes
I came across this magazine while shopping a few weeks back. In there is a recipe for a gorgeous 2-layer apple spice cake and I knew right away I wanted to turn it into cupcakes!
I started this recipe with my vanilla cupcake recipe. It is one of those no-fail, delicious every time recipes. And it is a great base for almost any cupcake recipe. You can do so much to switch up the flavor.
In order to get it to taste appley, I used apple cider in the batter instead of milk. To make the cupcake a “spice cake”, I subbed half the sugar for light brown sugar and mixed in cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. The result was spot on! The cupcakes came out fluffy and moist with little-domed tops. The warm spices came through and enhance the apple cider for the right amount of flavor.
Reasons why you will love this recipe
These cupcakes are everything you’d want in an apple dessert!
The apple cider adds the right amount of apple flavor to the cake batter and it is enhanced with warm cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.
A thick swirl of cinnamon buttercream and caramel apple chunks take the cupcakes to a whole new level.
A generous swirl of homemade cinnamon buttercream adds the perfect touch. The buttercream isn’t too heavy with cinnamon since the cupcake already contains plenty. It’s just the right amount.
Since these cupcakes are called apple spice cupcakes there needed to be apples in there somewhere. I chopped up 1 medium apple and cooked it just until tender with butter and a touch of apple cider. Then I drained off the juice and stirred the apples into some of my homemade caramel sauce. Have you tried it yet? Oh my goodness, it’s a delicious sauce. Top each cupcake with the apple topping and drizzle some extra caramel sauce for good measure.
Apple Spice Cupcakes
For the cake
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup apple cider
For the frosting
For the topping
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup chopped peeled apples
- 2 tablespoons apple cider
- 1/2 cup homemade caramel sauce
Make the cake
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add the sugars, continue to beat for 3 minutes. With the mixer set to low, beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, salt, and baking powder. Stir with a whisk to combine. Gradually add to the butter mixture alternating with the apple cider. Begin and end with the flour mixture.
Fill the cups of the prepared muffin pan 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the frosting
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and cinnamon. Slowly beat in the milk, followed by the vanilla. Continue mixing until the frosting becomes thick and fluffy, about 5 minutes.Top the cupcakes with frosting.
Make the topping
Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the apples and cider. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Cool completely and drain, discarding the juices. Stir the apples and caramel sauce together. Serve over the cupcakes.