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Apple Spice Cupcakes
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Apple Spice Cupcakes

A cinnamon-infused cream cheese icing graces the tops of these ultramoist cupcakes. The mix of apples and fragrant spices makes them an ideal harvest dessert.

By Rheanna Kish and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: September 2013

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour
  • Portion size 12 cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupbutter, softened
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cuppacked brown sugar
  • 1 1eggeggs
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspvanilla
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupbuttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp 1tspbaking soda
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspbaking powder
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspeach cinnamon, ground ginger and ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • Pinch Pinchground cloves
  • 1 cup 1cupgrated Honeycrisp apple

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupcream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupunsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspcinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspvanilla
  • 2 cups 2cupsicing sugar
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In large bowl, beat butter until smooth; beat in brown sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla; stir in buttermilk until combined. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt and cloves. Stir into butter mixture along with apple just until combined. Spoon into 12 paper-lined muffin cups.

Bake in 375 F (190 C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing: Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth; beat in cinnamon and vanilla. Beat in sugar until smooth. Pipe or spread over cupcakes.

Nutritional Information per cupcake: about

cal 341 pro 3g total fat 16g sat. fat 10g
carb 47g dietary fibre 1g sugar 35g chol 57mg
sodium 260mg potassium 84mg


calcium 4 iron 7 vit A 15 vit C 2
folate 12
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