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Apple Cider Cupcakes

These cupcakes are the perfect fall treat! With warm spices and a sweet apple cider glaze, they're like a cozy hug in dessert form. They're the perfect way to indulge in the flavors of the season.

Tasty Team
95% would make again


for 12 cupcakes


  • ⅔ cup brown sugar (145 g), packed
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (65 g)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup olive oil (120 mL)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (185 g)
  • ¾ cup apple cider (180 mL), see recipe or use store-bought


  • ½ cup unsalted butter (115 g), 1 stick, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese (225 g), room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (240 g), sifted
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider, see recipe or use store-bought
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 428
  • Fat 23g
  • Carbs 51g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 40g
  • Protein 3g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, olive oil, and vanilla.
  3. Whisk in the eggs, 1 at a time, until fully incorporated.
  4. Add the baking soda, cinnamon, half of the flour, and half of the cider and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the remaining flour and the rest of the cider and whisk until completely combined.
  6. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Pour the batter into the muffin tin, filling each cup about ⅔ full.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool.
  8. Make the frosting: In a large bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese together with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  9. Add the powdered sugar in 3 to 4 additions, mixing in between each until incorporated.
  10. Add the cinnamon, apple cider, and vanilla and mix to combine.
  11. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag or zip-top bag.
  12. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  13. Enjoy!
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