Spiced Applesauce Cupcakes

"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."
photo by Dorel photo by Dorel
photo by Dorel
photo by Dorel photo by Dorel
Ready In:
18 cupcakes




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

Questions & Replies

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  1. Maria Consuelo T.
    Are these muffin pans full-sized muffin pans, or are they for mini-muffins?


  1. Geri by the Sea
    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.
  2. Kree
    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.
  3. Lucky in Bayview
    Excellent! I halved the recipe and baked the cakes in a mini muffin tin. Loved them! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
  4. mylittlesugarlump
    I had a surplus of applesauce that I need to use, and I found this recipe. The cupcakes came out extremely moist and flavorful. I didn't do the icing, because I ran out of time, but no one complained. They have been requested again by my four year old, three year old, and husband. I am going to try to freeze them for a quick treat.
  5. Carolloveschocolate
    I made these yesterday. The smell is yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Love these cupcakes. Did not change a thing. Moist and just the right sweetness.


  1. kokeshi doll
    I really liked the flavor of these cupcakes. I increased the amount of cloves just a bit because I love that flavor. To veganize this recipe I omitted the egg, and used Earth Balance margarine instead of butter, which I melted. Instead of mixing the baking soda with the dry ingredients, I stirred it into the applesauce along with 1/4 tsp. cider vinegar to get the baking soda working. The cupcakes rose nicely with this method and didn't need the egg. I got only 13 cupcakes and don't know how you could get 18 unless they were really small. I didn't make the glaze but if I ever do I'll cut back on the sugar in the cupcake by 1/4 cup or so, because they're very sweet.



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