October is the time of year when fresh apples are readily available and along with that…fresh apple cider. What better way to celebrate fall than with apple cupcakes?  Wait, there IS a better way with these easy peasy cupcakes from Southern Krazed!  Yup, just a plain white box mix for the cake using apple cider for the liquid.  I would also add chopped up fresh apples for extra flavor, but that’s just how I roll.  The frosting is also made with apple cider with just enough spiciness to tone down the sweet.  Perfect.

Vanilla Apple Cupcakes with Apple Cider Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Cupcake Ingredients and Supplies:

White Cake Mix – I prefer Pillsbury Moist Supreme
Apple Cider
3 Medium Eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp vanilla
Festive or plain cupcake wrappers

Vanilla Cupcake Instructions:

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.

Bake the cupcakes in preheated oven according to instructions.

For added apple flavor, you could fold in ½ cup of diced apples into the cake batter before pouring.

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

Apple Cider Buttercream Frosting Instructions:

Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth.

In a separate bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, meringue powder, and powdered sugar.

Slowly sift the powdered sugar and spices into the butter and shortening. Mix until well blended.

Add the vanilla and apple cider to the frosting and continue mixing until smooth.

If the frosting is too wet, gradually add more powdered sugar, if too dry, add additional apple cider.