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Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting sitting on a table with fresh apples makes a great thanksgiving dessert

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

These soft Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting are the perfect dessert for the Fall Season. Great for pitch-ins, potlucks or an alternative Thanksgiving Dessert, they are quick and easy to make.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Holiday
Keyword apple cinnamon, cupcakes, thanksgiving dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Calories 210kcal


Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup a/p flour
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 small apple peeled, cored and cut into small cubes

Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • ½ tbsp brown sugar


Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

  • Line a muffin tin with paper cupcake liners and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, beat together sugar and eggs until creamy.
  • Add butter into sugar and egg mixture and beat some more. Add vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients one third at a time. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add sour cream and mix.
  • Add apple cubes and fold into batter.
  • Scoop about ¼ cup of batter into each muffin section.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool before decorating.

Buttercream Frosting

  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together all ingredients. Start speed on low and gradually increase to high.
  • Once all ingredients are smooth and well-combined, the buttercream is ready.
  • Scoop buttercream into a piping bag with Wilton tip #12 attached.
  • Frost each cupcake generously and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Cream Cheese Frosting would also taste pretty yummy on these apple cinnamon cupcakes. If your the type that really doesn’t like a lot of frosting on their cupcakes, you could also go with a simple sugar icing on top and maybe sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top!
You could also make these into mini cupcakes. This would be a great option if there are more people to feed or if you don’t like committing to a “whole” cupcake!


Calories: 210kcal