Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Spiced Apple Cider Cupcakes with Spiced Apple Cider Buttercream

Some people say that cupcakes aren't in vogue anymore. Whatever! I don't think cupcakes will ever lose their appeal to me. They are cute, individual, and, heck, one could even say they are portion controlled. In my book, cupcakes are where it's at!

Besides, yesterday was my birthday, and I feel like celebrating with a delicious fall cupcake recipe. And everyone knows the rules when it comes to birthdays. The birthday girl always gets to pick the dessert!

This Spiced Apple Cider Cupcake with Spiced Apple Cider Buttercream pulls in all that is perfect about fall: the scent of cinnamon, the bite of apple, and the sweet swirls of vanilla all wrapped up in a super moist cupcake. Really, I dare you to come up with a cupcake that says, "autumn" more than this one does!

Spiced Apple Cider Cupcakes
makes 2 dozen cupcakes
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 whole eggs + 3 yolks
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • ¾ cup of apple cider
  • ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Cream butter and sugar for several minutes until very well combined. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Stir in apple cider and applesauce.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Wisk together to evenly distribute the ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients one cup at a time. Mix as little as possible to avoid activating the gluten in the flour.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full of batter and bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes.

Cool, frost with the Spiced Apple Cider Buttercream, sprinkle a touch of ground cinnamon on top, and insert half of a cinnamon stick off to the side for garnish.

Spiced Apple Cider Buttercream
frosts 1 dozen cupcakes (so double this if necessary!)
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup of apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 ¾ cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

I do a lot of baking and often use the ladies at church as guinea pigs when working on new recipes. They've tried quite a few cupcakes over the past few years, but this one seems to be a favorite. One of my friends said, "Of all of the cupcakes that you've made, I think this is my favorite one!"

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!


  1. Oh my goodness. Those sound heavenly. I'm definitely going to be making these for our family Thanksgiving. Everyone loves a good dessert, but a great one is even better!

  2. These sound amazing, Rebecca!

  3. Found your recipe through the eMeals blog. Can't wait to make these! Even if it is no longer fall they look amazing!


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