Apple Spice Cupcakes Recipe

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Apple Spice Cupcakes Recipe
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Apple Spice Cupcakes Recipe

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4.5 1 8
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Not only do these adorable cupcakes complement our apple theme, but they're super sellers at bake sales, too. A spice cake mix makes the moist treats a snap to stir up and a fast frosting helps them stand out from an orchard of goodies.
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) spice cake mix
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Red paste or liquid food coloring
  • 24 pieces black licorice (3/4 inch)
  • 12 green spice gumdrops

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cake mix, water, eggs and applesauce on low speed for 30 seconds or just until moistened. Beat on medium for 2 minutes or until smooth. Pour into 24 red paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in food coloring. Frost tops of cupcakes. Insert licorice into centers for apple stems. Cut gumdrops in half; flatten and pinch to form leaves. Place one leaf next to each stem. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Apple Spice Cupcakes in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p16

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 241 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) spice cake mix
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Red paste or liquid food coloring
  • 24 pieces black licorice (3/4 inch)
  • 12 green spice gumdrops
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cake mix, water, eggs and applesauce on low speed for 30 seconds or just until moistened. Beat on medium for 2 minutes or until smooth. Pour into 24 red paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in food coloring. Frost tops of cupcakes. Insert licorice into centers for apple stems. Cut gumdrops in half; flatten and pinch to form leaves. Place one leaf next to each stem. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Apple Spice Cupcakes in Quick Cooking September/October 2002, p16

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mcbryde User ID: 3425478 130481
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"These cupcakes were very good and turned out as cute as the picture. The icing was a bit more runny but still turned out well. I got a lot of compliments."

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