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Apple Cider Cupcakes & Cider cream cheese frosting!

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Serves | Prep Time | Cook Time 20

Why I Love This Recipe

I got this recipe from a friend who also loves to bake!

Ingredients You'll Need

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of table salt
1 cup of apple cider
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs


1) Preheat over to 350 degrees

2) Combine all the dry ingredients together and sift them.

3) Place the 1/2 cup of softened butter into the bowl of an electric mixer

4) Add 2/3 cup sugar

5) Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.

6) With the mixer running, add 2 eggs (one at a time).

7) Reduce the mixer speed to low and add in about 1/3 of the reserved flour mixture...

8) ...and then add 1/2 of the apple cider. Repeat these two steps, mixing in the remaining flour mixture and cider, ending with the flour.

9) Fill the prepared cupcake tin with the batter.

10) Bake the cupcakes at 350° F for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Cider Cream Cheese Frosting

1 cup apple cider

4 oz. cream cheese, softened but still cool

1 - 2 cups powdered sugar

a pinch of salt

½ tsp maple syrup

With an electric mixer, beat together cooled reduced cider, cream cheese, pinch of salt, and 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Add enough additional powdered sugar for desired frosting texture

Questions, Comments & Reviews

Cupcakes were super easy to make and turned out great - not too sweet, and a nice balance of apple cider. The frosting on the other hand was a disaster! Not sure what the cider was supposed to be reduced to, but I did it to half and it was still way too much. Frosting was more of a glaze. I used a full block of cream cheese and about 3 cups of powdered sugar but it never got thick like a frosting and just started to taste like powdered sugar. Will keep the cupcake recipe and come up with my own frosting.

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