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Adorable Applesauce Cupcakes

Adorable Applesauce Cupcakes
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 24
Applesauce is a low-fat alternative to oil in baked goods. Plus, it keeps cupcakes moist and adds a subtle fresh flavor.
Updated August 30, 2011

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 eggs

Frosting

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

Decorations

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

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    Bake 18 to 23 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pans 10 minutes; carefully remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Stir paste food color into frosting in container. Spread frosting over cupcakes.
  • 5
    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. Store loosely covered.

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

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
460
Calories from Fat
140
Total Fat
15g
24%
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
340mg
14%
Potassium
65mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
72g
24%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
54g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 4 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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