Applesauce Cupcakes


These spiced Applesauce Cupcakes make a delicious and easy treat for fall or any season for that matter. Moist and flavorful cake made with applesauce and spices is topped with the most luxurious brown butter cream cheese frosting. You’re in for a treat! 

Applesauce Cupcakes on a platter.

Decadent Cupcakes for Fall

I love yummy cakes for fall. Between cakes and cupcakes, I’ve shared several that were inspired by the autumn season. In this post, I’m adding another to the list with these Applesauce Cupcakes.

Because they are apple-based and spiced with traditional fall spices, I’d say these are best served in the fall and winter. However, I encourage you to be a rule breaker and make them any time you’d like. 

Applesauce Cupcake on a plate.
Applesauce Cupcakes on a platter.

The cake base of these applesauce cupcakes is moist and flavorful thanks to the applesauce and spices. I decided to take these over the top and really indulge by topping them with my new favorite frosting: brown butter cream cheese frosting. Friend, it’s a match made in heaven. SO GOOD! (You can find that recipe HERE.) 

To add a little color and flair I garnished each of these cupcakes with an apple slice. It’s simple but so effective! 

Love apple? Here are a few more tasty apple desserts:

Applesauce Cupcakes on a platter.

I also had some of these adorable pumpkin picks that I found at HomeGoods last year, so I thought I would tuck those in as well. It instantly took these cupcakes from a fall dessert to a Halloween dessert. I like to give you options. Go fall or go Halloween. The choice is yours. 

Applesauce Cupcakes on a platter for halloween.
Applesauce Cupcakes on a platter for halloween.

Either way, let’s make some applesauce cupcakes! 

Ingredients: 

I love that the ingredient list for this recipe is quite basic. I assume you’ll have most of these things in your kitchen already. Let’s run through the list to double-check.

  • unsalted butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour 
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • apple pie spice
  • applesauce (I used cinnamon applesauce.)
  • apple slices (with lemon juice)
  • brown butter cream cheese frosting 
Applesauce Cupcakes on a plates.

How to Make These Cupcakes:

I’ll walk you through the steps here, but for your convenience, I’ve also provided a detailed ingredient list and instructions in the printable recipe card below. 

  1. Begin by setting your oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar. 
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. 
  4. Beat in the vanilla. 
  5. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and apple pie spice. 
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet alternating with the applesauce. 
  7. Mix until just combined. 
applesauce cupcake batter.
  1. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. 
  2. Fill each cup two-thirds full. 
making applesauce cupcakes.
  1. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 
  2. Allow to cool.
  3. Frost with brown butter cream cheese frosting. 
piping frosting onto cupcakes.
  1. Garnish with an apple slice.

Voila! Your applesauce cupcakes are ready to be served! 

Applesauce Cupcakes on a platter for halloween.
Applesauce Cupcake on a plate.

I think they turned out so beautifully. Simple, flavorful, and ideal for the season. 

And how sweet are they with the cute little jack-o-lantern picks? LOVE! 

Applesauce Cupcakes on a platter for halloween.

Now, a few notes before you start baking. 

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have apple pie spice, don’t panic. You can just use a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Alternatively, you could even use pumpkin pie spice. (If you didn’t know, there’s no ‘pumpkin flavor’ in pumpkin pie spice.)

For this recipe, I’ve used my brown butter cream cheese frosting. I didn’t include the recipe for that in this post. You can find that frosting recipe HERE. I highly recommend this combination, but feel free to use whatever frosting you like best.

My applesauce cupcakes are garnished with sliced apples. I recommend splashing your apple slices with a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning. Dry them off on a paper towel and insert them into your cupcakes just before serving.

Applesauce Cupcakes on a platter.

Bake, Serve, and Enjoy!

That’s a wrap on these applesauce cupcakes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. And wait until you try that brown butter cream cheese frosting. It’s pure bliss!
Happy Fall Baking!

Applesauce Cupcakes on a platter.

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Applesauce Cupcake on a plate for halloween.

Applesauce Cupcakes

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, applesauce, brown butter, cream cheese frosting, cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
These spiced Applesauce Cupcakes make a delicious and easy treat for fall or any season for that matter. Moist and flavorful cake made with applesauce and spices is topped with the most luxurious brown butter cream cheese frosting. You’re in for a treat!

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Begin by setting your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer) cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and apple pie spice.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet alternating with the applesauce. Mix until just combined.
  • Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each cup two-thirds full. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool, then frost with brown butter cream cheese frosting. Use a piping bag and a large closed star tip. Garnish with an apple slice.

Notes

If you don’t have apple pie spice, don’t panic. You can just use a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Alternatively, you could even use pumpkin pie spice.
For this recipe, I’ve used my brown butter cream cheese frosting. I didn’t include the recipe for that in this post. You can find that frosting recipe HERE. I highly recommend this combination, but feel free to use whatever frosting you like best.
I garnished my applesauce cupcakes with sliced apples. I recommend splashing your apple slices with a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning. Dry them off on a paper towel and insert them into your cupcakes just before serving.
You can find the large closed star piping tip I used for this recipe HERE.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 338mgPotassium: 60mgFiber: 1gSugar: 50gVitamin A: 203IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
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  • Katie at

    I agree with Beth, so good and LOVE that frosting!

    • Michael Wurm Jr. at

      The frosting is heaven!! Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Beth VanPelt at

    I just made these and they are SO good. The frosting is exceptional. Another winner!!!

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