Martha Stewart's Applesauce-Spice Cupcakes with Brown-Sugar Cream-Cheese Frosting! (19)

This is the November Bonus Challenge suggested by Sherry of Sherry Starts Cooking in our ongoing MS: Cupcakes Club!

These were really simple to make and are very moist and full of flavor. The frosting is to die for!

I added a little darker brown sugar to the top of the frosting just because I could not leave it plain...I can't help it now...I have to decorate everything I bake!

Layla liked the look of this cupcake!

Here's the really should give these a try!

Have a great week!


Martha Stewart’s Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Makes 18 cupcakes

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. On a low speed, add applesauce and then the flour mixture, beating until just combined.

Fill each cup 3/4 full with batter. Bake 20 minutes. Frost with Brown Sugar, Cream Cheese Frosting (see below).


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup packed light-brown sugar

In the clean bowl of electric mixer, mix cream cheese with 1 stick butter and 1 cup light brown sugar on medium speed until smooth. Spread cream-cheese frosting on cupcakes. Cupcakes can be refrigerated in airtight containers up to 2 days.


  1. Cute picture of Layla! How sweet :)

    Your cupcakes look lovely. Glad you enjoyed them!

  2. yum, they sound really good!

  3. LOVE the picture of Layla! That could be a greeting card.

  4. I just stumbled upon your blog. Doggie AND cupcakes! Sold. You've officially got another follower to add to your list :o)

  5. Mmm--brown sugar frosting-- must try!