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Cinnamon Cupcakes

“My from-scratch cinnamon cupcakes take a little work,” admits Judy Learned of Boyertown, Pennsylvania. But the results speak for themselves, when snackers say, “Yum!”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Additional ground cinnamon


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg whites and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon over each cupcake.
  • Bake at 375° for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, cream the butter, vanilla and cinnamon. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes; sprinkle with additional cinnamon.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 280 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Bob
    Jul 23, 2020

    I can’t cook, but these turned out amazingly well. Light, fluffy and delicious!

  • Gramma Amy
    Feb 22, 2020

    Love the flavor of cinnamon in a cupcake! The frosting made just enough for 18 cupcakes. I followed the review suggestion of adding cinnamon to the cake batter, and it was good. Will definitely make these again.

  • Carla
    Nov 27, 2019

    These are Delish! I will be making these again for sure!!!

  • Remenec
    Sep 25, 2019

    My daughter loved these cupcakes! Perfect for a fall day! I added one tsp. of cinnamon to the batter, as well. Yum!

  • Miriam
    Dec 4, 2016

    I love the cupcake and the frosting. But my daughter (who made cupcakes for her very first time) thinks the frosting tastes to much like powered sugar...... Did we do something wrong?

  • Rena
    Oct 27, 2016

    This came out great but I was surprised while making it there wasn't any cinnamon in the batter. Maybe it's because I was going to make cinnamon bread before I saw this! So I added 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon to the batter and freshly ground nutmeg. Tasted divine. I just laid off the cinnamon amount in the frosting. And perfect!!!

  • LeslieH
    Dec 29, 2013

    Excellent flavour and texture. For me, I found that the recipe did not quite make 18, but worth the effort. Definitely a make again.

  • mjbeagles
    Aug 30, 2013

    The description says that these take "a little work," but I thought they were fairly easy to make. Even if they were difficult to make, it would be worth the effort. The cinnamon is just one simple step that makes a big difference in flavor. I enjoyed the light, moist texture of the cake, and the frosting set nicely (it did not stick to the covering that I used to transport).

  • dancer99
    Jul 13, 2013

    I always make these cupcakes for birthdays and for dance shows. Everyone always loves these cupcakes! I follow the recipe exactly and everything turns out amazing! Everyone can't just have one! These cupcakes are amazing! Can't wait to make them again! They take time but they are worth it! I love these cupcakes!

  • Chelby1965
    Mar 22, 2013

    These were such wonderful cupcakes! i love cinnamon so i added more cinn to the cupcakes and to the frosting! they turned out great! My niece helped me make them and we had alot of fun! Dont be afraid to play around with the recipe!