Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple cider cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting are a light and fluffy dessert just right for fall! The cupcake is made with apple cider!

Apple cider cupcakes are a light and fluffy dessert just right for fall! The cupcake is made with apple cider and cinnamon and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting.

Who’s ready for all things fall?!🙋🏽

With the end of August comes cooler mornings, warm coffee instead of iced, cinnamon flavored everything and all things pumpkin and apple. I’m one of those people that loves all things fall. I’ve been looking forward to pumpkin everything since the beginning of this month!

One of the main reasons I love fall so much is for apple picking! There’s a fruit farm down the street where I get all farm fresh picked apples and fruit all fall long. They make a killer apple cider and apple cider slushy that I sip on while a pick my Honeycrisps!

Honeycrisp is my all time favorite apple. What’s your favorite favorite apple?!

Apple cider cupcakes are a light and fluffy dessert just right for fall! The cupcake is made with apple cider and cinnamon and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting.

We’re coming up on the grand opening of apple picking this week/weekend and I wanted to create these apple cider cupcakes to celebrate! These apple cider cupcakes are sweet from the apple cider and brown sugar and spiced from the cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.

When you take a bite into these apple cider cupcakes you will be instantly transported to the middle of fall!

Apple cider cupcakes are a light and fluffy dessert just right for fall! The cupcake is made with apple cider and cinnamon and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting.

How to Make Apple Cider Cupcakes from Scratch:

To make these apple cider cupcakes you start with all of the usual cupcake ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.

The ingredients that make these apple cider cupcakes so special are all the delicious fall ingredients: cinnamon, nutmeg and apple cider.

You start by mixing all of the dry ingredients and mixing the brown sugar and granulated sugar with the melted butter. This recipe calls for more brown sugar than granulated sugar to add a deep molasses flavor.

The tang from the apple cider is the perfect compliment to the sweetness in this recipe. Together they balance really well and create a cupcake that isn’t too sweet, but just sweet enough!

Apple cider cupcakes are a light and fluffy dessert just right for fall! The cupcake is made with apple cider and cinnamon and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting.

Once all of the ingredients are combined, I like to fill my cupcake liners about 3/4 of the way full. That way they puff up just enough to reach the top of the cupcake liner. If you fill them too full you could end up with cupcake spilling over the edges. Though still delicious, overfilling could leave you with no-so-pretty cupcakes.

Throw them in the oven and just wait until your house is filled with all the cinnamon scents. It’s a built-in candle! No need to head to Bath and Body Works this fall. Okay, who am I kidding, I’ll do both.

How to Know if Cupcakes are Done

When you pull them out of the oven you should be able to insert a toothpick into the center and it come out clean. Once they’re done let them cool completely so you can add some yummy frosting.

Apple cider cupcakes are a light and fluffy dessert just right for fall! The cupcake is made with apple cider and cinnamon and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting.

What Frosting Goes with Apple Cider Cupcakes

I’m a frosting lover so any frosting would be delicious atop these apple cider cupcakes. But after testing a buttercream and cream cheese frosting I had to go with cream cheese frosting. It reminds me of my pumpkin cookies and the cream cheese goes well with all things fall and cinnamon.

The Trick to Making PERFECT Cream Cheese Frosting

My trick to making the perfect cream cheese frosting is the right temperature of your cream cheese and butter and whipping the two together for just enough time.

I like to bring my butter and cream cheese to room temperature, which means leaving it sitting out on the counter for 2-3 hours. When you press your finger into the butter it should leave a small dent, but not be too melty.

Apple cider cupcakes are a light and fluffy dessert just right for fall! The cupcake is made with apple cider and cinnamon and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting.

Beat the cream cheese and butter together for at least 2 months until creamy. Once you add the sugar you’ll want to beat it for another full 3 minutes at least. This is what takes all the clumps out of the frosting and you end up with a light and fluffy frosting to pipe onto these apple cider cupcakes.

Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Once I frosted mine and shared them with my friends and family who came to my house to celebrate my birthday this week. They all fell in love them just as much as I did!

Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Serves: 12-14
 
Ingredients
  • Apple Cider Cupcakes:
  • 1 and ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 8 ounces full-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3¼ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. To make the cupcakes, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a large bowl. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until combined, about 1 minute. Whisk in the eggs one at a time until smooth then whisk in the vanilla and apple cider.
  3. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir gently until combined. Scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners ¾ of the way full with batter. Bake for 21–23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  5. While cooling, make the frosting. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter together on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add 3 confectioners' sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and beat again on high speed for at least 3 minutes. Place the frosting in a piping bag and pipe on top of cooled cupcakes. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Baked cupcakes without frosting can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Apple cider cupcakes are a light and fluffy dessert just right for fall! The cupcake is made with apple cider and cinnamon and topped with a smooth cream cheese frosting.

If you have more apple cravings, try these caramel apple mini cakes

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Molly Leonard

I'm Molly! I'm convinced love is the answer, that you can enjoy veggies & butter equally, & dessert (usually a cookie) can change the trajectory of someone's day. I love health/fitness, pool days and if I could be any emoji it would be this ?. My goal for WMM is to feed hungry bellies with delicious (mostly) healthy desserts and feed hungry hearts with grace and love. Thanks for joining me!