Applesauce Spice Cupcakes Recipe
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Applesauce Spice Cupcakes Recipe

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I began making these moist Applesauce Spice Cupcakes in grade school and still bake them today. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • Cream cheese frosting

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 164 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 49 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Frost cooled cupcakes. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Applesauce Spice Cupcakes in Taste of Home October/November 1998, p67

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"I thought that this recipe was very good! I was able to get 15 cupcakes out of this recipe!"

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"I used this recipe for a few receptions and for friends, and people loved them. I folded into the batter a peeled, cored, chopped apple which gave it a nice appleyness. I also used caramel frosting."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"They didn't come out as moist as I thought they would, but I will try again. They were still good!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"I thought they didn't have enough flavor. I was kind of disappointed as I made a double batch, because I was having company and I thought this would be something different to serve."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"I'm sure the original recipe is delicious. I made this recipe substituting a mixed gluten-free flour and using homemade apple pie spice in place of the nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. I made them twice in a one week they were so good. I could hardly believe how quickly my applesauce was disappearing. So excited to make more soon."

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