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Apple Butter Cupcakes with Cinnamon Apple Cream Cheese Frosting

A surprisingly easy from scratch cupcake with the flavors or apple & cinnamon that's perfect for Fall.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


For the Apple Butter Cupcakes

  • 6 tbsp butter softened
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 6 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp apple butter
  • 2 tbsp milk

For the Cinnamon Apple Butter Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 tbsp apple butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 12-15 dried apple chips


To Make The Apple Butter Cupcakes

  • Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, cream them together.
  • Mix in the sour cream and vanilla extract until evenly incorporated.
  • Mix in half the egg whites until evenly incorporated, repeat with the second half.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate small bowl, stir together the apple butter and milk until smooth.
  • Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well combined. Add the apple butter mixture and mix until well combined. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients and again mix until everything's incorporated and the batter is smooth.
  • Line a cupcake pan and scoop the batter into the liners, filling each about half way full. Bake at 350 degrees for 17-19 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the cooked cupcakes from the oven to cool. After resting in the pan for a few minutes, transfer the cupcakes to wire racks to finish cooling completely.

To Make The Cinnamon Apple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the cream cheese and butter together until fluffy and smooth.
  • Whisk in half of the powdered sugar, mixing until the batter is once again smooth and all the sugar incorporated.
  • Stir in the apple butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Stir in the rest of the sugar, mixing until evenly incorporated and the batter's once again smooth.
  • Using the tip of your choice, pipe a generous dollop of frosting onto each cooled cupcake. Top each frosted cupcake with a dried apple chip.
  • Serve immediately, or store the cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready.


recipe adapted from The Cake Blog