Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist spiced apple cupcakes topped off with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and a dried apple chip. A fun Fall dessert!

Moist spiced apple cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting  recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I can’t get over how so many stores already have Christmas displays. Let’s forget the fact that it’s not even Halloween yet, or October for that matter. Can’t we for once try and actually celebrate Thanksgiving? I know it’s not nearly as profitable for retailers, but let’s just try. Hold things back a bit. There’s plenty of time to set up those trees and silly displays of ornaments etc.

It kind of goes along with the battle over opening earlier, later or not at all on Thanksgiving. I’m in the ‘stay closed’ group. Spend time with family. Have happier workers, well rested workers, ready to face the crowds the next day. The products and bargains will still be there in the morning. Plus, don’t most people do a lot of their shopping online these days anyway? Once the holiday season hits, I try to avoid the stores at all costs. I’d much rather do my holiday shopping from the comfort of my couch.

Totally unrelated, but I started re-watching the last season of Scandal this week. It’s a perfect treadmill show. I figure I have just enough time to get through all of the episodes before the new season begins next week. I can’t wait!

Moist spiced apple cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting  recipe from @bakedbyrachel

And, because the weekend is here… let’s celebrate with cupcakes!

This recipe makes just enough cupcakes to enjoy with a few friends. No worries about a huge batch hanging around, taunting you every time you make a trip into the kitchen!

Moist spiced apple cupcakes, topped off with the best cinnamon cream cheese frosting and garnished with homemade apple chips. So much Fall goodness in every bite!

These would be perfect for all Fall related celebrations or just because!

Add these spiced apple cupcakes to your weekend baking plans!

Moist spiced apple cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting  recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: 7 cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes, plus

Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist spiced apple cupcakes topped off with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and a dried apple chip. A fun Fall dessert!



  • 1/4C granulated sugar
  • 1/4C light brown sugar
  • 1/4C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1C all purpose flour
  • 1/2C yogurt, plain or apple flavor


  • 4oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2Tb unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2C powdered sugar, sifted

Dried apple chips, for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a cupcake pan with 7 paper liners. 
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape the bowl as needed. Add salt, baking powder and spices. Mix until evenly dispersed. Add half of the flour, followed by half of the yogurt. Mix until combined. Repeat with remaining flour and yogurt. Mix until no streaks remain. 
  3. Divide mixture evenly between prepared paper liners, using a large cookie scoop. 
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. 
  5. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and buter until smooth. Mix in cinnamon and vanilla. Add powdered sugar large spoonfuls at a time until fully incorporated and desired consistency is reached. 
  6. Frost cooled cupcakes using a piping bag and tip, or desired method. 
  7. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator. 

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18 Responses to “Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. #
    Sarah@bakingwithmom — September 18, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I love fall and all things apple. These look amazing!

    • Rachel — September 19th, 2015 @ 11:12 am

      Thanks Sarah!

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    Meg @ With Salt and Wit — September 18, 2015 at 8:03 am

    There is already Christmas decorations out?! Oh man. Even though I am so excited for fall (a baby coming around Halloween will do that ;) ), I don’t want to see Christmas decorations yet!

    And these cupcakes look like the perfect way to welcome fall!

    • Rachel — September 19th, 2015 @ 11:12 am

      I’ve seen several stores with Christmas displays. It’s depressing!

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    Amanda — September 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I can’t imagine going shopping on Thanksgiving. There isn’t enough coffee in the world to keep me energized through all of that craziness! :). These look so delicious! You had me at “spiced apple.” And nothing. Is better than cream cheese frosting!

    • Rachel — September 19th, 2015 @ 11:13 am

      Haha I couldn’t agree more. I’ll gladly stay home and shop on the couch! And thanks Amanda!

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    Jessica Wilson — September 18, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    These are sooooooo gorgeous!! I couldn’t imagine a better way to enjoy fall desserts.

    • Rachel — September 19th, 2015 @ 11:13 am

      Thanks Jessica!

  5. #
    Felice — September 19, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I’ve seen Christmas decorations in my area too, and it is so disappointing that we can’t just celebrate occasions as they happen instead of being hit over the head with them so far in advance. Fall is my favorite time of year (even though we dob’t even have fall where I live) and your cupcakes look like the perfect welcome to this time of year. Such delicious-looking cupcakes and beautifully enticing photos.

    • Rachel — September 19th, 2015 @ 11:14 am

      Thanks Felice! Hopefully we have a long slow Fall this year ;)

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — September 19, 2015 at 1:02 am

    These are beautiful Rachel! I love the dried apple garnish, so pretty. And I’m ashamed to admit that I’m one of those Christmas freaks. They have those displays out for people like me. It’s all my fault! I’m so sorry!! :)

    • Rachel — September 19th, 2015 @ 11:14 am

      Thanks so much Karen! Haha No judging…it’s just definitely not my thing, but I understand it is for many! :)

  7. #
    Medeja — September 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Lovely cupcakes for autumn!

    • Rachel — September 20th, 2015 @ 8:02 am

      Thanks Medeja!

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    Malinda @ Countryside Cravings — September 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    These cupcakes are so pretty!! I love the apple chip garnish! I have to totally agree with you about the stores putting out Christmas stuff way to early!! The Sams I go to put out Christmas stuff the beginning of Sept!!!!

    • Rachel — September 21st, 2015 @ 7:29 am

      Thanks Malinda! It’s really a shame they have to push the season so much!

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    Stacie — September 1, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    How much apple flavor does the yogurt give? Is that the only apple flavoring that goes into the cake?

    • Rachel — September 2nd, 2016 @ 7:31 am

      It gives a light but noticeable flavor. Without the apple flavored yogurt, you still have spices traditional for apple dishes, giving a fun Fall flavor.

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