Apple Cider Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Who doesn’t love hot apple cider on a cool, autumn day? These cupcakes are a twist on the traditional vanilla cupcakes and are topped with a caramel buttercream to add a little extra sweetness.


So to start off, peel and dice 4 medium to large sized apples. I used gala.


In a separate bowl, combine 3 cups of cake flour (or all purpose) and 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder.


In another medium sized bowl, cream 2/3 cup of butter and 1 3/4 cup of sugar until light and fluffy.  Add two eggs, one at a time and mix just until they’re combined. And make sure the eggs are room temperature so they combine well!


Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract. Then alternatively add the flour mixture and 1 1/4 cup of apple cider.


If you can find un-spiced cider, use that. If not, do not add any cinnamon or additional spices in the next step.


Finally, STIR in apples and a dash or so of ground cinnamon. Fill cupcake liners a little over 2/3rds full. These cupcakes do not rise too much so don’t worry about it overflowing. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350. If a toothpick does not come out of the cupcake clean, it may be because it was stuck in an apple piece. After 20 minutes they are more than likely done. I iced mine with a caramel buttercream and drizzled a little extra caramel syrup on top. Enjoy!


Apple Cider Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream (2 dozen)


  • 3 cups of cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2/3 cup salted butter
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup of un-spiced apple cider
  • 4 gala apples
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon


  • 2 sticks of salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup of vegetable shortening
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup of caramel syrup
  • Milk if needed
  1. Peel and dice apples and set aside.
  2. Stir together cake flour and baking powder until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla.
  5. Alternatively mix in apple cider and flour mixture.
  6. Stir in apples and cinnamon.

Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.

Icing recipe:

Mix butter and shortening until combined. Add powdered sugar, a little at a time, until all it combined. Add vanilla and caramel syrup. If the icing is still too thick for you, add milk, a tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.


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