Glazed Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Glazed Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

I was on a cupcake kick on Tuesday, making lots of Fall flavored cupcakes for the neighbors.  This recipe comes from a cookbook called “The Cupcake Bible”.  I usually prefer chocolate but these were really yummy.  The cute little cupcake liners come from that website that I’m addicted to called “Pick Your Plum”.  They have daily deals so when you click on this link you won’t find these cupcake liners but you will find all kinds of other fabulous deals!

Cupcakes

1 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

3 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup milk

2/3 cup chopped walnuts, plus additional for garnish

2/3 cup butterscotch chips, plus additional for garnish

Apple Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

2 – 3 tablespoons apple juice concentrate (I just used water)

1  Preheat oven to 350.  Line 24 standard muffin cups with paper liners.

2  Beat brown sugar and butter at medium until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until well blended.

3  Whisk flour, baking soda,  cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt together in separate bowl.  Add 1/3 flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until blended.  Add milk and mix well.  Alternately add remaining flour mixture and applesauce, beating well after each addition.  Stir in walnuts and butterscotch chips.  Scoop batter into liners.

4  Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

5  Prepare Apple Glaze:  Combine sugar and concentrate to make stiff glaze.

6  Spoon glaze over cupcakes.  Let stand 5 minutes or until glaze is set then sprinkle with walnuts and butterscotch chips.

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