Vanilla Apple Cupcakes with Apple Cider Buttercream Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
  • Vanilla Cupcake Ingredients and Supplies:
  • White Cake Mix – I prefer Pillsbury Moist Supreme
  • Apple Cider
  • 3 Medium Eggs
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • Festive or plain cupcake wrappers

  • Apple Cider Buttercream Frosting Ingredients and Supplies:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp meringue powder
  • 2 tbsp apple cider
  • piping bag fitted with an extra large star tip
  1. Vanilla Cupcake Instructions:
  2. Prepare the cupcakes according to box instructions, substituting the apple cider where the water is called for. Add vanilla in with the other wet ingredients.
  3. Bake the cupcakes in preheated oven according to instructions.
  4. For added apple flavor, you could fold in ½ cup of diced apples into the cake batter before pouring.
  5. Tip: To help keep the cupcakes from scorching or overcooking on the bottoms, use a double layer of cupcake liner for each cupcake.

  6. Apple Cider Buttercream Frosting Instructions:
  7. Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth.
  8. In a separate bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, meringue powder, and powdered sugar.
  9. Slowly sift the powdered sugar and spices into the butter and shortening. Mix until well blended.
  10. Add the vanilla and apple cider to the frosting and continue mixing until smooth.
  11. If the frosting is too wet, gradually add more powdered sugar, if too dry, add additional apple cider.
  12. Using an extra large star tip, pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes creating an upward spiral, working from the outside of the cupcake to the center.
Recipe by Southern Krazed at