Applesauce Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting

Serve these delightful cupcakes made with applesauce and topped with butter frosting – a delicious dessert.

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 1 hr 50 min
  • ingredients 14
  • servings 24

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1 1/4
cups granulated sugar
1 1/2
cups applesauce
1/2
cup butter, softened
2
eggs
2 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon baking powder
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground nutmeg

Frosting

1/2
cup butter (do not use margarine)
4
cups powdered sugar
2
teaspoons vanilla
3
to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line 24 regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups or grease cups with shortening or cooking spray. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, applesauce, butter and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy, scraping bowl occasionally. On low speed, beat in flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg just until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  • 2 Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from muffin cups. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3 In 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly and watching closely, until butter just begins to turn golden (butter will get foamy and bubble.) Remove from heat. Cool 15 minutes.
  • 4 With electric mixer on low speed, beat in powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk until frosting is smooth and desired spreading consistency, adding 1 or 2 more teaspoons milk, if necessary. Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes (if frosting begins to harden, stir in an additional teaspoon milk).
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
    Calories
    260
    (
    Calories from Fat
    80),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    8g
    8%
    (Saturated Fat
    4g,
    4%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    40mg
    40%;
    Sodium
    150mg
    150%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    44g
    44%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    33g
    33%
    ),
    Protein
    2g
    2%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    6%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    2%;
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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