Apple Spiced Goodness….Blog Tutorial

Here’s a recipe that you MUST try……I LOVE these so much!!  This is a recipe that BeBe adapted from an applesauce cake recipe and they are just too good!

Apple Spice Cupcakes

1/2 c. butter (1stick)

1/2c. canola oil

2 c. sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 c. applesauce

3 c.  bleached all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking soda

1 T cinnamon

2 c. grated apple (we used Granny Smith)

Zest of 1 lemon

1c. chopped walnuts or pecans

Cream butter.  Add oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and applesauce

Mix well.  Put the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk to mix.

Then, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix some more.   

Fold in the grated apples, lemon zest and nuts….

Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

Now these cupcakes/muffins are so great by themselves, that we debated whether or not we should frost them at all.  This comes down to personal preference…although for me, a swirl of cream cheese frosting and a little drizzle of caramel took them to another level of greatness!!

Dust the “naked ones” with a little powdered sugar just before serving.  I’ll take the one with the cream cheese though— yummmmmmmmmmmmmm!

This recipe makes 28 cupcakes.


For those of you want to use doctored cake mix….I have a yummy recipe for you too!!  (I just don’t have pretty pictures to go along with it!)

Apple Cupcakes

1 yellow cake mix

1/2 c. vegetable oil

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. applesauce

1/2 c. buttermilk

3 eggs

1tsp vanilla

2c. shredded apple (Granny Smith or Golden Delicious)

Zest of one lemon

1 c. chopped pecans

Combine everything but the pecans, lemon and apple into a mixing bowl.  Mix according to package instructions.  Fold in nuts, lemon, and apple.  Bake according to package instructions.   Because of the moisture from the apples, these remain a little sticky on top—also delicious with a swirl of cream cheese frosting  (but isn’t everything?) —Enjoy!!!

Category: Blog Tutorials, Everything Else, Fall, Seasonal & Holiday


  1. Anna ♥ says: #1

    I’m just reading through your archives, and this looks so yummy! I think I wanna try this soon… Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Melissa Diamond says: #2

    Thanks Anna, yes–time to start thinking about some apple spiced cupcakes!!

  3. justina bearman says: #3

    great recipe,we have apple day at my childrens school where we do everything ‘apple’.toffee apples,who can peel the longest length of peel,bobbing apples,etc.will make these for it.,um one problem that i come across several times on the internet,im from the uk and as this is an american site i have problems with the measurements,a cup of this and half a cup of that,grrrr,is it at all possible to have the other type of measurements beside your measurements,[oz or even grams].that would be the new look by the justina.xxxx

  4. asproella says: #4

    If you add a small amount of apple sauce to any cake it makes it very moist:)

  5. Dee Hilton says: #5

    These look delicious. I can’t wait to try it.How many cupcakes does the homemade recipe yield?

  6. BeBe says: #6

    Hi Dee, it makes 28 cupcakes

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