Food & Recipes

Applesauce Cupcakes

by Betty Crocker

Applesauce Cupcakes

From The Best Cupcake Recipes for Kids, cute, decorative applesauce cupcakes perfect for your kid’s birthday party treat or back-to-school snack.


MAKES: 24 cupcakes
START TO FINISH: 2 Hours 5 Minutes




  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup apple juice


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting




  • 12 thin pretzel sticks, broken into pieces
  • 16 spearmint leaf gumdrops
  • 12 gummy worm candies, cut in half, if desired


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Grease and flour muffin cups, or spray with baking spray with flour.


2. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside.


3. In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1?4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl occasionally. Beat 2 minutes longer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla. On low speed, alternately add flour mixture, about 1/3 of mixture at a time, and apple juice, about 1/2 at a time, beating just until blended.


4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.


5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans; place on cooling racks to cool.


6. Make Vanilla Buttercream Frosting as directed. Stir in food color paste. Frost cupcakes.


7. To decorate cupcakes, poke 1 pretzel piece into each cupcake for stem. Cut each gumdrop leaf into 3 slices. Poke 2 gumdrop leaves into top of each cupcake on either side of pretzel stem. Poke half of gummy worm into each cupcake.


1 Cupcake:


Calories 350; Total Fat 14g (Saturated Fat 8g; Trans Fat 0.5g); Cholesterol 60mg; Sodium 220mg; Total Carbohydrate 54g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 2g Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 2 Other Carbohydrate, 2 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3 1?2


Sweet Success Tip


Don’t like unsweetened applesauce? Regular will taste great in these cupcakes too.


Use a Cake Mix!


Substitute 1 box yellow cake mix for the cupcakes above. Make cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes except—use 1 cup apple juice, 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce and 3 eggs, and add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Bake and cool as directed on box. For the frosting, substitute 1 container vanilla creamy ready-to-spread frosting mixed with 1/2 teaspoon red paste food color. Frost and decorate as directed in recipe.