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Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cupcakes w/Caramel Frosting

 

It’s the perfect time of year to make Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting (gluten free recipe included).

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In our neck-of-the-woods, the past few days have been the perfect fall weather. The sun has been shining and farmers are busy harvesting their crops. Pumpkin decor abounds and the nights have been crisp and cool with temperatures down in the upper 30’s. Welcome fall! How I love thee.

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Last night I was thinking about an annual Apple Festival held every year in a neighboring little town. The Apple Festival encompasses a variety of interest. Everything from food, crafts, rides, a parade and an antique car show. Since I was thinking about all things “apple” I decided to make these applesauce pecan cupcakes. Perfect for a bonfire/wiener roast my parents are hosting at their farm tonight. 

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You can make these applesauce pecan cupcakes using regular wheat flour or you can easily modify this recipe to make these cupcakes gluten free. The gluten free version will be slightly more crumbly than a batch made with regular wheat flour, however they are every bit as delicious! 

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I absolutely love the combination of apple and pecans and the caramel frosting is the perfect finishing touch!  

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If you look closely you just might be able to see some chopped pecans.

To make this yummy homemade caramel frosting I suggest you use Bakto Natural Caramel Flavor which is Natural, Kosher, Gluten Free and GMO Free. There is a great Bakto Flavors Natural Sweet Brown Collection (includes Caramel, Ginger, Coffee, Chocolate, Vanilla and Hazelnut). 

Bakto has other great flavors, including their Bakto Flavors Natural Fruit Collection and  Bakto Flavors Natural Tropical Collection.
My mind is going crazy right now just thinking of all of the great recipes I can create with these flavorful combinations!

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Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cupcakes w/Caramel Frosting

20 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • CAKE:
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking powder (*use gluten free baking powder for gluten free version)
  • 1 tsp baking soda (*use gluten free baking soda for gluten free version)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour (*gluten-free version: use Gluten Free flour blend)
  • 2 tablespoon ground flax (*use for the gluten free version)
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, soften
  • 4 drops caramel extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. In another mixing bowl, combine sugar, egg, applesauce and butter.
  3. Add dry ingredients to the applesauce mixture; mix well.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 20 - 25 minutes.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. Combine all icing ingredients; ice cupcakes and top with chopped pecans.
  7. Serve.
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Grab a cup of your favorite hot coffee/apple cider, a cupcake (or two, maybe three), put your feet and go relax!

Enjoy!

Linda

More great recipes: 

APPLE PIE OATMEAL

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MINI FLAX’N APPLE MUFFIN CAKES

mini flax'n apple muffin cakes

SUGAR AND SPICE PECANS

Sugar and Spice Pecans (2)

PECAN PUMPKIN PIE

Pecan Pumpkin Pie (1)

CARAMEL PECAN CLUSTERS 

Caramel Pecan Clusters

 

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Seana Turner October 8, 2015, 11:33 am
    Yum! What a perfect combination of flavors for fall. Wish I could jump into my computer.... Seana Turner recently posted...HabitsMy Profile
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy October 8, 2015, 12:34 pm
      Hi Seana, Thank you! It really is a delicious combination of flavors. If I could, I would send you several cupcakes right through the computer! Thanks for stopping by! Linda

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