Gluten-Free Apple Cider Cupcakes
  • 1 (15-ounce) bag gluten-free yellow cake mix (TRY: Glutino or King Arthur)*
  • ¼cup buttermelted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • cup real apple cider (not from concentrate)
  • cup real apple cider
  • 4ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cups of a cupcake pan with paper baking cups.
  2. Using a stand mixer, combine cake mix, melted butter, eggs, 1 tablespoon cinnamon and ⅔ cup apple cider until well combined.
  3. Fill cupcake liners 2 /3 full with batter. Bake 18–22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. While cupcakes are baking, prepare frosting. In a small saucepan, bring 1 /3 cup apple cider to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer until liquid has reduced to 1 tablespoon, about 6 minutes; set aside to cool. Using a mixer, beat cream cheese and 2 tablespoons butter until fluffy. Slowly add cinnamon and then powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, and mix until incorporated. Fold in reduced apple cider. If frosting is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. If frosting is too thick, add a little more apple cider, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. When cupcakes have cooled, top with frosting and a dash of cinnamon.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Apple Cider Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1191 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 238mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 39g
Protein 2g 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Alternatively, in place of using a gluten-free yellow cake mix, make your own mix by combining 2¼ cups all-purpose gluten-free flour, 1¼ cups sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon each of salt, baking soda and xanthan gum.

PER SERVING (1 cupcake): 191 cal, 9g fat (3g mono, 1g poly, 5g sat), 56mg chol, 238mg sodium, 54g carb (1g fiber, 39g sugars), 2g protein