Apple Cider Cupcakes and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream

Get ready to embrace the cozy flavors of autumn with these delightful Apple Cider Cupcakes topped with a heavenly Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream frosting. Bursting with the comforting taste of apple cider and warm spices, these moist and flavorful cupcakes are sure to become a seasonal favorite. Follow along to learn how to whip up this irresistible fall dessert that will impress friends and family alike.


For the Cupcakes:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



  1. Prepare the Batter: In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, mixing until well combined.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Mix Wet and Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients and the apple cider to the butter mixture, alternating between them and mixing until just combined.
  4. Fill Cupcake Liners: Line a standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners. Fill each liner about 2/3 full with the cupcake batter.
  5. Bake: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and bake the cupcakes for 17-19 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.


  1. Whip the Butter: In a mixing bowl, whip together the softened butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  2. Add Powdered Sugar: Gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing until fully incorporated and the frosting is smooth.
  3. Adjust Consistency: Add milk as needed to achieve your desired frosting consistency, adding more for a thinner frosting.
  4. Frost Cupcakes: Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and frost each cupcake once they have cooled.
  5. Garnish: For an extra touch, garnish with an apple slice on top of each cupcake, if desired.


  • Room Temperature: Cupcakes can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days, ensuring they remain fresh and delicious for snacking.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 17-19 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Servings: 15
  • Calories: (Calories will vary based on serving size and specific ingredients used)

Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Serve Fresh: Enjoy the Apple Cider Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream freshly frosted for the best flavor and texture.
  2. Chill for a Frosty Treat: For a refreshing twist, refrigerate the frosted cupcakes for about 30 minutes before serving, especially on warmer days.
  3. Serve with Warm Beverages: Pair these delightful cupcakes with a cup of hot apple cider, pumpkin spice latte, or your favorite fall-inspired beverage for a cozy treat.
  4. Garnish Creatively: Elevate the presentation by garnishing each cupcake with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or a small apple slice on top of the frosting.
  5. Share with Loved Ones: Share the joy of fall by serving these cupcakes at autumn gatherings, potlucks, or as a sweet surprise for friends and family.
  6. Store Properly: Store any leftover cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain freshness and prevent them from drying out.
  7. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Keep the cupcakes away from direct sunlight and heat sources to preserve their flavor and texture.
  8. Consume Within 3-5 Days: Enjoy the cupcakes within 3-5 days for optimal taste and quality. As they are made with fresh ingredients, they are best enjoyed sooner rather than later.
  9. Freeze for Later: If you have extra cupcakes, individually wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw them at room temperature before serving.
  10. Re-Frost if Necessary: If the cupcakes have been stored in the refrigerator or freezer, allow them to come to room temperature before serving. You can also re-frost them if needed for a fresh appearance.

With these serving and storage tips, you can enjoy the delightful flavors of Apple Cider Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream to the fullest, whether you’re indulging in a cozy fall treat at home or sharing them with others for a special occasion.


  1. Caramel Drizzle: Drizzle caramel sauce over the frosted cupcakes for an extra decadent touch that enhances the caramel notes in the brown sugar cinnamon buttercream.
  2. Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts on top of the frosting for added texture and a nutty flavor profile.
  3. Apple Pie Spice: Add a pinch of apple pie spice to the cupcake batter for a boost of warm, autumnal flavors that complement the apple cider.
  4. Cream Cheese Frosting: Swap the brown sugar cinnamon buttercream for a tangy cream cheese frosting for a delightful contrast to the sweet apple cider cupcakes.
  5. Stuffed Cupcakes: Fill the center of each cupcake with a spoonful of apple pie filling or caramel sauce before baking for a surprise burst of flavor in every bite.
  6. Maple Glaze: Replace the brown sugar cinnamon buttercream with a maple glaze made with powdered sugar, maple syrup, and a dash of cinnamon for a Canadian-inspired twist.
  7. Spiced Rum Infusion: Add a splash of spiced rum to the cupcake batter for a boozy kick that complements the warm spices and apple cider flavor.
  8. Chocolate Drizzle: Drizzle melted chocolate over the frosted cupcakes for a decadent touch that pairs beautifully with the apple cider and cinnamon.
  9. Cranberry Compote: Top each cupcake with a dollop of cranberry compote for a tart and tangy contrast to the sweet apple cider cupcakes.
  10. Pumpkin Spice Variation: Incorporate pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into the cupcake batter for a festive twist on classic apple cider cupcakes, perfect for autumn celebrations.


  1. Can I use apple juice instead of apple cider?
    • While apple cider provides a richer flavor, you can substitute apple juice if needed, although the taste may be slightly different.
  2. Can I make these cupcakes gluten-free?
    • Yes, you can use a gluten-free flour blend in place of all-purpose flour to make gluten-free apple cider cupcakes.
  3. How can I prevent my cupcakes from sinking in the middle?
    • Avoid overmixing the batter and ensure your leavening agents (baking powder) are fresh. Additionally, do not overfill the cupcake liners and bake them at the correct temperature.
  4. Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter?
    • Yes, you can use salted butter, but adjust the amount of added salt in the recipe accordingly to avoid making the cupcakes too salty.
  5. Can I make the frosting ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can make the brown sugar cinnamon buttercream ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Allow it to come to room temperature before frosting the cupcakes.
  6. Can I omit the cinnamon from the frosting?
    • Yes, you can omit the cinnamon if desired, but it adds a warm and cozy flavor that complements the apple cider cupcakes.
  7. How do I know when the cupcakes are done baking?
    • Insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake—if it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, they’re ready.
  8. Can I use a different type of milk in the frosting?
    • Yes, you can use any type of milk or milk alternative in the frosting, such as almond milk or coconut milk.
  9. Can I freeze frosted cupcakes?
    • It’s best to freeze unfrosted cupcakes and frost them once they’ve thawed to maintain the freshness and texture of the frosting.
  10. How can I make mini cupcakes instead?
    • Reduce the baking time and fill mini cupcake liners about two-thirds full with the batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

With the delightful combination of apple cider-infused cupcakes and luscious brown sugar cinnamon buttercream, these treats are perfect for cozy gatherings, fall celebrations, or simply indulging in the seasonal flavors of autumn. Treat yourself and your loved ones to these irresistible delights and savor the taste of fall in every bite!