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Apple Cider Cupcakes Recipe

Apple Cider Cupcakes are the Bomb! Love apple recipes in the fall? You are going to love these apple cider cupcakes! These apple cupcakes with a cinnamon frosting are amazing. Skip the pumpkin and make these apple cinnamon cupcakes for fall bake sales, get togethers or just because you want a moist and delicious cupcake. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24


Apple Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 1 ⅔ Cup flour
  • 1 Cup apple cider
  • Cup light brown sugar
  • ½ Cup salted butter room temp
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 8 ounce cream cheese room temp
  • 4 Cup powder sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Fondant Apple Decoration Ingredients

  • Red Fondant
  • Mini apple cookie cutter
  • Red brown and green gel food coloring
  • Small pastry paint brush
  • Wax paper


Making Apple Cider Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake tin with paper liners.
  2. Using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg has been added.
  4. In a small bowl add baking powder, cinnamon, and salt mixing these together.
  5. Add this mixture to the egg, butter and sugar bowl stirring as you add.
  6. Start by adding flour to the other bowl, then add apple cider, continue to alternate adding the flour with the apple cider until all of the ingredients have been completely blended together.
  7. Using a medium ice cream scoop, fill each lined cupcake tin with batter ¾’s full.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Cool briefly then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Making the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. With an electric mixer beat the butter and cream cheese together until blended.
  2. Slowly add a little amount of powder sugar at a time to the butter/cream cheese mixture, beating after each addition.
  3. Then add the vanilla, mixing until all ingredients are well blended.
  4. Spoon the frosting into a pastry bag with a #13 tip.
  5. Twisting the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip and working from the outside edge of the cupcake to the center of the cupcake in a circular motion.

Make the Apple Decoration:

  1. Roll out the fondant on a piece of wax paper.
  2. Using a miniature apple cookie cutter make several apples.
  3. Now with the red gel food coloring, paint the body of the apple a bright red.
  4. Add the stem of the apple with the brown gel food coloring and next add the leaves with the green gel food coloring by painting each one with the paint brush.
  5. Allow to dry completely then using a spatula remove each apple from the wax paper and directly add it to the frosted cupcake.