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Apple Cider Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Caramel Drizzle

  • Author: Liv B
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes


Moist vegan spiced apple cider cupcakes with brown sugar caramel drizzle and vanilla buttercream.



  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Frosting & Drizzle:

  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered/icing sugar (confectioners sugar)

1 apple, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and apple sauce. Stir until combined. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Mix to form a batter.
  3. Divide batter into muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes, then, without opening the oven door, lower heat to 350 F and bake another 12-13 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely. See note for why we do this :).
  5. Meanwhile, in a small pot on the stove, combine brown sugar and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Reserve 2-3 tbsp in a small bowl, set aside, for the drizzle. Cool the rest of the mixture in the fridge or freezer for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add the sugar mixer to a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the vegan butter, vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until creamy and fluffy.
  7. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes. Add a a light drizzle of caramel onto each and garnish with a slice of apple (see note).


  • You bake at a high temperature to get the cupcakes to lift quickly, then finish at a lower temperature to bake without burning. This is the way to get puffed, rounded cupcakes without eggs :).
  • Only garnish with the apple slices right before serving, or they will get brown.

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