No Wonder My Aunt Hazel’s Cupcakes Were So Popular. She Had A Secret Ingredient!

The small of apples just reminds me of fall! These are the perfect cupcakes to take tour your next party, meeting, or just to have with coffee. I love the fact that the Apple butter adds such a great element of flavor and spices. I think the spicier the better! Nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon all cooked together totally set this cupcake above anything that you could make from a boxed mix. Apple butter is one of those super old fashioned flavors that you never forget. For us, these apply and spice flavored  cupcakes bring back some wonderful memories.

Spiced Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting



  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter – softened
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Cup Apple Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt


  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter – softened
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese – softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in egg, apple butter, yogurt and vanilla.
  3. Sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt.
  4. Gradually mix in dry ingredients with wet.
  5. Divide batter between 18 standard muffin tins prepared with paper liners.
  6. Bake 25-27 minutes or until cooked through.
  7. Transfer to rack and allow tocool completely before frosting.


  1. Using whisk attachment; whip butter and cream cheese for 2 minutes.
  2. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mix for 1 minute between each addition.
  3. Mix in cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
  4. Mix 1-2 more minutes or until light and fluffy.
  5. Refrigerate frosting 15-30 minutes before piping onto cupcakes.

Refrigerate cupcakes until serving.

Quick Tip: You can add chopped nuts in this recipe and maybe put a few on the top for decoration.

Recipe and Images courtesy of Nicole of Wonky Wonderful

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