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Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Maple Drizzle

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword spice cupcakes
Author Ang Paris



  • 1 15.25 oz package spice cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Frosting

Maple Drizzle

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 18 pecans optional



  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees Line muffin cups with papers and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, applesauce, oil, water, eggs, and cinnamon. Beat well - the batter will look thick. .
    1 15.25 oz package spice cake mix, 1 3.4 oz package vanilla instant pudding mix, 1 cup applesauce, ½ cup vegetable oil, ½ cup water, 3 large eggs, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Use an ice cream scoop, or Large Cookie Scoop to fill each well in the cupcake pan
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes on the center rack until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely before frosting.
  • Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost with cream cheese icing.
    Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Using a fork, drizzle a little of the maple syrup over the frosting. Decorate with a pecan, if desired.
    2 tablespoons maple syrup, 18 pecans