Apple Cider Cupcakes with Apple Cider Cream Cheese Frosting

Alright. It’s time to switch things up a bit around here.

It’s no secret that one of my favorite parts about fall is the abundance of pumpkin. It gives me the perfect excuse to just go nuts with pumpkin everything…

Pumpkin Oats…

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Pumpkin beer

Pumpkin Coffee…

Pumpkin bagels…

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes…

But what I often forget is that my beloved fall season is not only known for pumpkin…it’s known for apples.


Goodies like apple pie, apple crisp, apple bread, and warm apple cider are all delicious fall favorites of mine. So when I went to make my next batch of cupcakes, I decided to embrace the apples…

Apple Cider Cupcakes with Apple Cider Cream Cheese Frosting


One of the perks of these cupcakes, besides the fact that they’re just delicious, is that they are super easy to make, thanks to the use of a box mix as the base. Don’t get me wrong, homemade cupcakes are great; but sometimes, a little doctoring up of a mix does the trick just as well.


The frosting that accompanies these apple cider cupcakes also embraces the seasonal flavors of fall, thanks to the addition of apple cider and cinnamon into a cream cheese frosting base. (This frosting is slightly thinner than most, so you may want to let it sit in the fridge for a few minutes to set before frosting. Don’t add more sugar – it will get too sweet!).


To frost these cupcakes, I used a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. I then placed the tip at the center of the cupcake and continued to squeeze the bag, without moving it, until the frosting spread out to the edges of the cupcake. Easy peasy!


As usual, these cupcakes got sent to work with Jay, and thankfully received the seal of approval from the co-workers. Apparently, however, I could have “put more effort into making them look more festive,” so my little photo setup here is my attempt at making them more festive.


Hey, sometimes, a simple look is the way to go. Then, you just let the cupcakes themselves do the talking.





Boy, I sure do love fall.


  1. says

    Pumpkins, I’m pretty indifferent about but anything apple-based has me drooling…even better when cinnamon is involved! I need some of these in my life with a venti iced coffee ;)!
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  2. says

    love these! totally making them when i go to Louisiana to visit fam at the end of the month! :-) It’s not all about “looking” festive… I bet they “TASTE” crazy festive! can’t wait!! xoxo
    Amanda recently posted..Louisiana Love

  3. Paige says

    Not to be needy or anything, but could you do a frosting vlog or tutorial or something? I absolutely SUCK at frosting and your frosting jobs are always so pretty! Show me your ways!

  4. elysie says

    I hope your husband was the one that made the comment about looking more festive. From anyone else, it would have just been rude! They look fantastic to me!

  5. says

    Those cupcakes look profesh and delicious! I’m sitting in class right now being wonderfully distracted by your blog…I’m going to get called out soon because I’m sitting here smiling…and this lecture is not smile worthy! Happy Thursday!
    Candice recently posted..Tasteful Tuesday

  6. says

    Courtney — how do you smooth on your frosting so amazingly evenly?? i am wondering if you pipe it on — it looks PERFECT! (i say this having worked at a bakery in high school).

    I’ll also have you know that Pumpkin ice cream is my ABSOLUTE favorite flavor ever. SO glad you got to sample!
    Sarah Jane recently posted..Pop Tarts Will Outlive Us All

  7. Katie says

    I made something like this last year. I think it was apple cider buttercream instead of cream cheese. Still delicious and I think I will have to make again!

  8. Courtney says

    Mmm just being all inspired about apple (cider) and pumpkin and the fact that fall is HEEERE (gold organs sounding out in background)… what about switching out that apple cider frosting for pumpkin spiced frosting? Or vice versa, with pumpkin cupcakes/muffins and an apple-esque buttercream to top it off. Am I crazy (in love with fall) or am I crazy (in love with fall)?!

  9. says

    These pum (oh man I almost wrote pumpkin then decided it was too funny to delete, and figured you’d understand 😉 ) cupcakes look SO good. I too am a pumpkin girl through and through (obviously), and I often forget about other delicious Fall treats: apples, pear, cranberries… but these look phenomenal. You better believe I will be making these :) Thanks for another great recipe!
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  10. Kelly says

    I made these as soon as I got home from work on Friday and they were a hit in my house. I brought 9 to work today out of 26 i made and they were gone before you could apple cider cupcakes! lol thanks for the wonderfully delicious recipe.

  11. Meg L. says

    I made these last night (no icing, ran out of conf. sugar)! They are really yummy! Also a helpful hint – since I forgot to buy applesauce I used canned pumpkin instead and they are still a fally-delicious treat! Yum! Thanks Court!


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