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Apple Spice Cupcakes Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

These Apple Spice Cupcakes with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting are super moist and have the wonderful flavors that you would expect in a traditional Fall dessert.

The Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting tops these apple spice cupcakes off with a rich and creamy nutty flavor.

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Flavors of Fall

These apple spice cupcakes are made using a traditional spice cake recipe and adding bits of apples.  The cupcake is moist, delicious, and full of flavor! 

The brown butter cream cheese frosting dials up the flavor from traditional cream cheese frosting found on spice cakes and cupcakes.

RELATED: Homemade Apple Fritters

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Family Will Love These Cupcakes

This recipe makes 24 cupcakes which makes it great for Fall entertaining, get-together’s, and even Thanksgiving dinners. 

They’re easy to make and don’t really take that much active time from start to finish!

RELATED: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

I love cream cheese frosting on my cupcakes but I absolutely love making Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting!  It really kicks up the flavor in cupcakes that traditionally use cream cheese frosting.  It adds a nutty flavor to the frosting that is rich, flavorful, and really tasty!

If you’ve never made this type of frosting before, give it a try! 

It may look intimidating but if you take your time to reach the right temp and stir frequently, you can make it!  The key is to brown the butter in a skillet and let it start to foam. 

Once it does foam – you’re close!  Stir frequently until small bits of brown start to form.  Remove from heat right away and pour it into a heat-safe bowl to cool.  It is much easier than you think!

Sprinkle Some Sugar

After piping these cupcakes, sprinkle some a cinnamon sugar mixture on the frosting to give it a finished look.  It adds more flavor to the cupcake, too!

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Yield: 24 cupcakes

Apple Spice Cupcakes with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple Spice Cupcakes with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

These Apple Spice Cupcakes with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting are made with the traditional Fall flavors of Apples and warm spices. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling time for Butter 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


Apple Spice Cupcakes

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweet
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 cup apple, diced small

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting


Apple Spice Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line muffin tins with 24 liners.
  3. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all other spices together in medium bowl.
  4. In large bowl blend together eggs, milk, brown sugar, applesauce, vanilla extract, and molasses.
  5. Mix wet mixture slowly into dry mixture until blended.  Do not over mix. 
  6. Lastly, slowly mix in diced apple.
  7. Fill liners about 3/4 full and bake for about 15 minutes.  Check with toothpick - it it comes out dry, they are done.

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a skillet and stir frequently until melted.  When butter starts to foam it is close to browning. 
  2. Stir until small brown bits start to show in the pan.  Once it starts to brown, remove from heat and immediately pour it into a heat safe container.
  3. Store in fridge for 1 hour.  You can also place in freezer for less time.  
  4. Let it form back into a solid state.  Just enough to mix easily.
  5. Once butter is back to correct form, use a mixer to blend cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.
  6. Slowly add in powdered sugar and add 1 tbsp of milk at a time.
  7. Mix frosting until well combined and smooth.  Add more milk to reach desired consistency. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Monday 27th of September 2021

These turned out great! They’re delicious!


Tuesday 17th of September 2019

These are so good! I didn’t have applesauce so I busted out some homemade chunky applesauce and absolutely love these! They don’t even need frosting but since it’s there already...yum yum!


Wednesday 18th of September 2019

Thanks so much for sharing that you like these cupcakes! The homemade chunky applesauce sounds delicious!

Ayla Boswell

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

Omg looks so delicious! Would be perfect for a Christmas party.

Holly Bird

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

These look yummy! Can’t wait to try them!! Thanksgiving morning I do a huge breakfast early for friends and family these will be great!

Mary Bostow

Wednesday 24th of October 2018

These cupcakes are really impressive to me! They look incredibly beautiful! This is absolutely fantastic! So YUMMY! Is good food and this looks like one of the BEST!

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