Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Deliciously spiced, lightly apple flavored cupcakes that are perfect for fall! These soft and tender, moist cupcakes are made using ingredients you likely already have on hand and they're a breeze to make.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Applesauce Spice Cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 20
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs , at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Recipe Cream Cheese Frosting , recipe follows
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans , for garnish (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz . cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup butter , softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together butter, granulated sugar and light-brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 - 4 minutes. Add in eggs, mixing after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add in applesauce. Stir in flour mixture and mix just until combined. Divide batter evenly among 20 paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven, rotating pan once halfway through baking, for about 19 - 20 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with optional pecans. Store cupcakes in an airtight container.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer whip ingredients together until smooth and fluffy about 1 - 2 minutes. Note: if you want a lot of frosting you may want to double this frosting recipe, personally I thought the amounts listed were plenty.