Apple Cider Cupcakes

When I think of Autumn, I think of apples and apple cider. For our church’s Harvest Party, I wanted to bring a “harvestly” dessert, and remembered a great cupcake idea from What’s New, Cupcake (a great cupcake decorating book), for a cupcake that looks like an apple. I wanted a great flavor as well as a cute cupcake so I made apple cider cupcakes. They turned out looking and tasting great. The decorating isn’t very involved and the recipe is easy. I found this recipe on a www.sweettoothsweetlife.com.

Apple Cider Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • Spice cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 1 1/3 cups apple cider
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 egs
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend spice cake mix, apple cider, applesauce, egg whites, eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg until moistened.
  3. Beat on Medium speed for 2 minutes
  4. Pour into cupcake cups
  5. Bake for 14 – 17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  6. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to cool completely on cooling rack
  7. Frost.

I used Apple Cider Cream Cheese frosting.

Apple Cider Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter softened
  • 2 T apple cider
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 4 – 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar (I needed a thick frosting to use for decorating.

Directions:

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add apple cider and cinnamon.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar a cup at a time and beat in between.
  4. Continue to add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached
Helpful Hints:
  1. Beat frosting on high speed to add air. It helps thicken the frosting and adds texture to it
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