Apple Cider Cupcakes

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Fall is not just about the vibrant leaves and the crisp air; it’s also about indulging in the flavors that define the season. Among these, apple cider stands out with its sweet, tangy, and slightly spiced taste. Combining this with the classic cupcake results in a delightful treat: Apple Cider Cupcakes. 

These cupcakes are perfect for any autumnal occasion or simply as a treat to enjoy with a warm cup of tea.

Why You’ll Love Apple Cider Cupcakes

  1. Distinctive Fall Flavor: The apple cider in these cupcakes adds a unique flavor that’s both refreshing and comforting, embodying the essence of fall.
  2. Perfectly Spiced: With the right amount of allspice and cinnamon, these cupcakes offer a warm, spiced aroma and taste that complements the apple cider beautifully.
  3. Moist and Fluffy: Thanks to the combination of ingredients, these cupcakes have a wonderfully moist and fluffy texture, making them a joy to eat.
  4. Versatile for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a fall festival, a family gathering, or just a cozy afternoon at home, these cupcakes fit perfectly into any autumnal setting.
  5. Simple and Enjoyable to Make: The recipe is straightforward and fun to follow, making the baking process a delightful experience in itself.

Ingredients Needed To Make Apple Cider Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes

  • 1.1 GF flour
  • Allspice
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Eggs
  • Baking soda
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Apple cider

For the Frosting

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use All-Purpose Flour?

Yes, All-Purpose Flour can be used. Use the same amount that is listed in the ingredients, but swap with all purpose.

Can I use regular dairy?

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I use dairy-free milk, but feel welcome to choose your preferred dairy option without any recipe adjustments. Unless specified otherwise, you have the flexibility to use the milk of your choice for the recipe.

Note: While almond milk is an option, it is less preferred due to its liquid consistency. Consider opting for a milk alternative with a thicker texture.

How To Make Apple Cider Cupcakes

  1. Start by preheating your oven and preparing the muffin tin.
  2. Mix sugars, eggs, and oil until well combined.
  3. Add in apple cider and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  5. Gradually blend dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
  6. Scoop the batter into muffin tin liners and bake.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool before frosting.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I Use Homemade Apple Cider?

Absolutely! Homemade apple cider can enhance the flavor of the cupcakes.

How Can I Store These Cupcakes?

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of days or refrigerate them for longer shelf life.

Can the Frosting Be Made in Advance?

Yes, you can prepare the frosting ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.

Apple Cider Cupcakes

These Apple Cider Cupcakes are the perfect treat with a hint of fall flavors.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 438kcal


  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • muffin tin
  • piping/pastry bag
  • Spatula
  • electric/hand mixer


  • 1 ½ cups 1.1 GF Flour
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup apple cider


  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 8 tbsp butter room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk


For the Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vegetable oil. Mix for 3 minutes until the mixture is well combined.
  • Mix in the apple cider and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, allspice, ground cinnamon, and baking soda. Combine well.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until you have a smooth cupcake batter.
  • Scoop the batter into the muffin tin liners, filling each about two-thirds full.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk. Mix until the frosting is smooth.
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.


If the frosting is too runny and not pipeable, add powdered sugar in 1/4 cup increments until it reaches the desired firmness.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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