Spiced Applesauce Cupcakes

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

These are SO darn good! This recipe makes a nice, big batch of cupcakes - it's good for taking to the office, parties, etc. Recipe is from Sunset.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt until very well combined; set aside.
  2. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy; add egg and beat until fluffy.
  3. Stir in applesauce.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended; stir in nuts.
  5. Spoon batter into paper-lined or well-greased 2 1/2-inch muffin pans, filling each about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake in a 350°oven until tops spring back when lightly touched (20-25 min).
  7. let cool in pans on wire racks for about 5 minutes.
  8. Prepare Apple Glaze, carefully remove cupcakes, place on racks and brush with glaze.
  9. Apple Glaze: mix powdered sugar and apple juice until smoothly blended and of a good brushing consistency.


Most Helpful

I made this as a Xmas morning breakfast-in-bed for my honey, and he just absolutely loved waking up to it! It was yummy, and the glaze really made the recipe special. I varied the recipe a little bit... First, with the cupcake batter, I simply tossed all of the ingredients into a food processor - first the wet, then the dry - and whirred them on high speed. Later, with the glaze, I added a bit of powdered ginger for a little tang.

Geri by the Sea December 25, 2003

These are delicious cupcakes! I took them to a Christmas party last night and they were a big hit. I used only 1/4 cup margarine and added extra applesauce to make up for it, and used Egg Beaters in place of the egg. Other than that I followed the directions exactly, and they came out moist and yummy. The glaze makes them nice and sweet, and I love the flavor of the spices! I'll definitely be making these again.

Kree December 14, 2003

Excellent! I halved the recipe and baked the cakes in a mini muffin tin. Loved them! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Lucky in Bayview August 21, 2015

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