Adorable Applesauce Cupcakes

Applesauce is a low-fat alternative to oil in baked goods. Plus, it keeps cupcakes moist and adds a subtle fresh flavor.

Yield

24 servings

Cupcakes Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 eggs

Frosting Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon red paste food color
1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting

Decorations Ingredients

12 thin pretzel sticks, broken into pieces
16 spearmint leaf gumdrops
12 gummy worm candies, cut in half, if desired

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Prepare muffin pans by placing 24 paper baking cups in the cavities.

In large bowl, beat cupcake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

Bake for 18 to 23 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pans 10 minutes; carefully remove from pans to wire cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Stir paste food color into frosting in container. Spread frosting over cupcakes.

To decorate cupcakes, poke 1 pretzel piece into each cupcake for stem. Cut each gumdrop leaf into 3 slices. Poke 2 gumdrop leaves into top of each cupcake on either side of pretzel stem. Poke half of gummy worm into each cupcake.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes

Additional Information

If you don't have unsweetened applesauce on hand, the regular kind will taste great in these cupcakes, too.

If you have only one pan and a recipe calls for more cupcakes than your pan will make, cover and refrigerate the rest of the batter while baking the first batch. Cool the pan about 15 minutes, then bake the rest of the batter, adding 1 to 2 minutes to the bake time.

Storage

Store loosely covered.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 460 (Calories from Fat 140), Total Fat 15 g (Saturated Fat 7 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 20 mg; Sodium 340 mg; Total Carbohydrate 72 g (Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars 54 g), Protein 2 g; Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 4 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 5

Recipe Courtesy Of

Betty Crocker

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