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A line of apple spice cupcakes with maple-brown sugar frosting on a polka-dot placemat.

Apple Spice Cupcakes with Maple-Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple Spice Cupcakes are packed with fall flavors, including chunks of apples, and covered in a sweet, maple-infused frosting. The perfect Autumn dessert!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/3 cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 Apples (peeled and diced)

For the Maple-Brown Sugar Frosting

  • 4 ounces Cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Maple extract (optional)


For the Cupcakes:

  • Prep your muffin tin by greasing and flouring each cup, or inserting muffin liners. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla on high speed for 2 minutes, or by hand for 5 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, ginger and allspice until combined. Slowly add to mixing bowl and stir just until combined. Fold in apples. 
  • Pour into prepared muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until they pass the toothpick test. Cool completely before frosting.

For the Maple-Brown Sugar Frosting

  • Combine all ingredients and beat until desired frosting consistency.


  • You can freeze these after baking, but I do not recommend it as they lose something in both taste and texture.
  • Make sure you grease and flour your muffin tins well, or use a muffin liner. These cupcakes tend to be stickier than normal cupcakes.
  • Feel free to experiment with the spice amount. Use less for a more subtle spice flavor; use more for a more robust flavor.
Keyword Apple Spice Cupcakes