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Apple Cider Cupcakes

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Today I am sharing an Apple Cupcake Recipe with you for the season. These easy Apple Cider Cupcakes are made with apple cider and topped with a lovely brown sugar buttercream frosting.

These dessert cupcakes have a nice apple flavor and make a nice fall dessert and I am very excited to share this new cupcake recipe.

​​We are all about simple recipes on the island and this easy cupcake recipe is one I think you will love.

Easy Apple Cupcakes

Why You Will Love This Recipe

These cupcakes are so easy to make and are full of apple cider flavor.

These delicious cupcakes start with a boxed cake mix to save you time.

Perfect dessert recipe for the whole family. 

This easy fall cupcake recipe is incredibly easy and is made with just a handful of ingredients. 

Easy Apple Cupcakes

It also makes the perfect fall cupcake for a Thanksgiving feast. 

Apple Cider cupcake Recipe


Ingredients For Apple Cider Cupcakes

This recipe only requires a few ingredients. 

Apple Cider cupcakes Ingredienta

Cake Mix
Apple Cider – Be sure to use fresh apple cider. It doesn’t work as well with apple juice.
Apple Pie Spice – You can use storebought or make homemade apple pie spice
Chopped Walnuts

Equipment and Kitchen Tools Needed

  • cupcake pan
  • 24 cupcake liners or muffin cups
  • Small cookie scooper (optional)
  • Handheld electric mixer or stand mixer
  • measuring spoons
  • medium bowl and large bowl
  • piping bag and piping tip (optional)

How to Make Apple Cupcakes with Cider


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F  In a large mixing bowl, beat cake mix apple cider, eggs, oil and apple pie spice on low speed with an electric mixer until blended.
  2. Add chopped nuts.
  3. Fold into batter gently.
  4. Line 2 cupcake trays with 24 cups. Scoop the batter into the baking cups (about 2/3 full).
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
    Remove from pan and allow cupcakes to cool completely for another 15 to 20 minutes.

How to Make Easy Apple Cider Cupcakes

Top with buttercream frosting (recipe below) and a few chopped walnuts.

Apple Cupcake Variations, Notes and Substitutions

  • Trade out walnuts for pecans. You can also substitute raisins if you do not want nuts.
  • Top with a cream cheese frosting for a fun change.
  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract for extra flavor. 

Pro Tips and Timesaver Shortcuts

  • Be sure that you use cooled syrup to the recipe.
  • You can store the syrup in a plastic squeeze bottle for easy use. 

Serving, Storage & Leftover Suggestions

  • If serving right away, top each cupcake with a couple of apple slices. 
  • Store frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator in an airtight container.



Yes, I recommend freezing the cupcakes before frosting in an airtight container. 

More Apple Recipes

Apple Cider Donuts

Hot Apple Cider

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Wraps

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Apple Cider Cupcakes

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple pie, apples, cider, cupcake, cupcakes, dessert, fall cupcake, fall dessert


  • cupcake pans
  • cupcake liners
  • Hand or stand mixer
  • measuring spoons
  • Bowl


  • 1 package 15oz spice cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cup Apple cider
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Frosting options
  • Vanilla buttercream
  • Brown sugar maple buttercream
  • Vanilla cream cheese buttercream


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Line 2 cupcake trays with 24 cups
  • Beat cake mix apple cider eggs oil and apple pie spice on low speed with an electric mixer until
  • blended.
  • Beat at medium speed for two minutes
  • Straight down the sides of the bowl and fold in chopped walnuts.
  • Evenly distribute between 24 cups
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to call in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
  • Remove from pan and allow cupcakes to cool completely for another 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Frost cupcakes after completely cooled using a piping bag and tip if desired. You can also use a spatula to frost. Top each with a few chopped walnuts

Apple Cider Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces softened cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons apple cider
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese and brown sugar together in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar gradually.
  3. Add the cinnamon, apple cider, and vanilla and mix to combine.
  4. If icing is too runny, add a little more powdered sugar.
  5. Frost cooled cupcakes.

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Easy Apple Cider cupcakes

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Sunday 14th of November 2021

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Tuesday 9th of November 2021

We have a local orchard that has the BEST apple cider ever. We buy so much of it that I'd love to use it for yummy cupcakes.