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Day 159 – Apple Butter Vanilla Cupcakes

6 Jan

So, the last couple of cupcakes have been a bit heavy.  A bit dark.  A bit….well, rich.  I felt the need for a lighter cupcake, once again.  These Apple Butter Vanilla Cupcakes (recipe below from Bake it in a Cake) seemed like they might do the trick!

But first, I hope you’ll enjoy today’s Musical Monday.  (It is not as light as the cupcakes.)  Because this song has a particularly special meaning to me.  Almost 1 year ago to the day I lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s Disease.  She was an inspirational woman, not just to me but to everyone she met.  Near the end, she could remember nothing about her life.  Not who anyone was or how we were related to her.  Not what she had done with her life.  Nothing.  About a month before she passed, she had asked me what kind of person she had been.  What her life had been like.  If she had taught us any lessons.  If she was kind.

I went back to New York and wrote a song.  A song to tell her what she meant to me.  To tell her that I would always remember.

Okay, now on to the lighter cupcakes!

Vanilla-Cupcake    Mini-Vanilla-Cupcake

The cake is a little muffin-like. Moist and somewhat dense.  The cake itself has a “classic” vanilla cupcake taste. Sweet, sugary and definitely vanilla. It also has a little crunch on top, which is nice. The apple butter can easily overwhelm the cake, so use sparingly unless you want it to be really strong.

Note: The apple butter sank all the way to the bottom and fell out of the minis. There were just traces of it left when they came out of the pan.


The frosting is smooth and creamy. Maybe a little on the soft side, but I didn’t want to add more sugar, cause it was definitely sweet enough. Since I wasn’t gonna pipe it on, it worked just fine.  It tastes like a typical vanilla buttercream.

Apple-Butter-Cupcake     Mini-Apple-Butter-Cupcake

The frosting really helps counter the apple butter flavor. It’s a nice cupcake, especially if you’re an apple butter fan. But what is even better about this recipe, is that the cupcake and the frosting are so easy and simple tasting, they would be perfect for a variety of fillings or adaptations – spices, fruits, etc. It’s a good recipe to have in your back pocket for a quick fix.

Apple-Butter-Cupcake-top     Mini-Apple-Butter-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18


Apple Butter Vanilla Cupcakes (recipe from Bake it in a Cake)


  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 1/3 c. whole milk
  • about 3/4 cup apple butter


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • 1 cup of pecans, toasted

For directions visit Bake it in a Cake.

*Tomorrow: Cocoa Cupcakes*

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