Simple and tasty. You'll probably have better results using the tried-and-true creaming method, rather than just throwing everything in the bowl as the recipe suggests. Cream the butter, then add the sugar and whip it until fluffy, add eggs and vanilla and mix until completely incorporated. Whisk together the remaining dry ingredients, and then add them alternately with the applesauce in 2 or 3 steps. Do not overmix. I baked mine for about 18 minutes...25 minutes would likely give you burned or at least very hard, overbaked cupcakes. Tap the top of one, and if it bounces back easily without leaving an indent, they're done.
these were fantastic. i am going to freeze them and have them in our lunches this week. Made for RECIPE SWAP #27 - April 2009 in the Aust/NZ forum