Applesauce Spice Cupcakes Recipe

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Audrey Lane Modified: March 23, 2022
Applesauce Spice Cupcakes Recipe

How To Make Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

These generously spiced, soft, and moist apple sauce spice cupcakes are perfect for the fall season, and it’s very much easy to make, too!

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • ¾tspsalt
  • 2tspcinnamon
  • ½tspnutmeg
  • ½cupbutter,softened
  • 1cupsugar,granulated
  • ½cuplight-brown sugar,packed
  • 4largeeggs,at room temperature
  • cupsapplesauce,unsweetened
  • 1recipecream cheese frosting,recipe follows
  • ½cuppecans,chopped, for garnish, optional

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4ozcream cheese,softened
  • ¼cupbutter,softened
  • 2cupssugar,powdered
  • ½tspvanilla extract


To Make Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, whip the ingredients together for about 1 to 2 minutes until smooth and fluffy.

To Make Applesauce Spice Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together the butter, granulated sugar, and light-brown sugar for about 3 to 4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, mixing after each addition.

  3. With the mixer on low speed, add in applesauce. Stir in the flour mixture and mix until combined.

  4. Divide the batter evenly among 20 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup about ⅔ full.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven, rotating pan once halfway through baking. for about 19 to 20 minutes until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

  6. Cool completely, then frost with Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with pecans. Store cupcakes in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes



If you want a lot of frosting, you may want to double the frosting recipe, but the amounts listed should be plenty enough.




  • Calories: 315.62kcal
  • Fat: 13.68g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.06g
  • Trans Fat: 0.28g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.16g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.20g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.34g
  • Fiber: 0.93g
  • Sugar: 35.73g
  • Protein: 3.57g
  • Cholesterol: 67.97mg
  • Sodium: 163.85mg
  • Calcium: 46.11mg
  • Potassium: 75.47mg
  • Iron: 1.00mg
  • Vitamin A: 116.02µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.92mg
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