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Apple Spice Cupcakes

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.

side view of apple spice cupcakes on a yellow cake stand

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.

side view of an apple spice cupcake with the paper liner pulled away

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.

close up view of apple spice cupcakes

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.

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side view of apple spice cupcakes on a yellow cake stand

Apple Spice Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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!

Ingredients

For the cake

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup apple cider

For the frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup chopped peeled apples
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider
  • ½ cup homemade caramel sauce

Instructions

Make the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Fill the cups of the prepared muffin pan ⅔ 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

  1. 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

  1. 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Lia

Monday 30th of November 2020

I recently gave this recipe a go and the balance of the spices was spot on! Not sure what happened with the consistency of the cupcakes though as they were quite dense? I may have pulled them out of the oven too early but I’m not convinced as the toothpick test came out clean

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

It's possible you used too much flour by mistake. Fluff the flour with a fork and lightly spoon it into the measuring cup then level the cup with the back of a knife. Don't pack the flour into the cup.

Kelly

Thursday 10th of December 2015

These cupcakes are gorgeous, Jen! I love how moist and flavorful they are! The apple spice sounds perfect with the cinnamon buttercream and caramel apples!

Ruby

Wednesday 9th of December 2015

These look awesome. I was looking for something to do with some left over apples in my fruit bowl. Cinnamon buttercream is inspired!

mira

Wednesday 9th of December 2015

Love the idea of apples in cupcakes !These are gorgeous! Pinning!

Jen

Thursday 10th of December 2015

Thanks, Mira!

Medha @ Whisk & Shout

Wednesday 9th of December 2015

These look amazing! I love apple spice ANYTHING and these cupcakes look so good! I actually have a similar vegan recipe (for muffins, so no frosting :( ) on my blog :)

Jen

Thursday 10th of December 2015

I bet the muffins are amazing, Medha! If the batter is good, you don't need frosting!

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