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Apple Cider Cupcakes Recipe

These moist Apple Cider Cupcakes made from scratch are a delicious fall dessert recipe that look so festive with thin apple slices on top.

I have been addicted to Honeycrisp apples recently.

They make my world go ’round. And when things make my world go ’round, I make them into cupcakes, just because I can.

I wish I could infuse apple cider flavoring into everything, because it’s just so good!

I tried to make apple cider cookie bars.

I failed. Twice.

I think that’s part of the reason I like cupcakes so much – you can tweak the recipe quite a bit without ruining the integrity of the cupcake.

That bodes well for me since I can never leave recipes alone (I blame my mother for that one!), but that also means that the flavors can be so much more versatile!

So, I give you the Apple Cider Cupcake.

I added just a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, because I really wanted the apple cider flavor to be the star, and I think it was a success!

This little guy is packed with fluffy, moist (my two favorite cupcake adjectives!), apple goodness.

And, of course, I had to use some Honeycrisp apple as garnish.

Apple Cider Cupcakes on a plate topped with Cool Whip, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and 3 thin apple slices as garnish.

This was actually the second cupcake I baked this weekend (the first one will be shared soon), but this one was prettier, so I’m sharing it first.

Apple Cider Cupcakes

Apple Cider Cupcakes

Yield: 12-15


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar for about 5 minutes.
  3. Beat in vanilla and egg.
  4. Mix in apple cider.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  6. Stir dry ingredients into batter, just until combined.
  7. Bake 18-25 minutes.


Friday 7th of September 2012

I just used this recipe and altered it a bit for hard apple cider, but my goodness they are so so so delicious. The cake is moist and light and fluffy and apple-y and just 100% wonderful and delectable.


Wednesday 8th of February 2012

What is your frosting?? Looks very tasty!


Monday 14th of November 2011

Oh,that looks good! We've had Honeycrisp apples at the farmers' market lately, and they really are delicious.

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