These paleo and AIP Spiced Apple Cupcakes are light, fragrant and absolutely delicious. They’re paired with a spiced-vanilla frosting that compliments these cupcakes for the perfect Fall treat.
While pumpkin gets all the glory, baked goods with apple are my favorite Fall treats and these Spiced Apple Cupcakes might just be my favorite recipe created to-date. Their texture is so amazingly soft and fluffy and the naturally sweet and rich flavor of the tigernut flour lends itself perfectly to the warm spices of cinnamon, ginger, mace and clove.
Here are the main ingredients in these Apple Spice Cupcakes:
unsweetened applesauce – this is the entirety of the apple content in this recipe and used to create the moist, soft texture in these cupcakes
cinnamon, ginger, mace and cloves – these ground spices provide the most delicious compliment to the apple flavor in this recipe.
coconut sugar – you can also substitute maple sugar here if you prefer.
full fat coconut milk and olive oil – these are the fats in this recipe. I haven’t tried any other substitutions here.
palm shortening, tapioca starch, vanilla extract – for the frosting
Spiced-Apple Cupcakes FAQs
Can I substitute the palm shortening?
If you want to avoid palm shortening you can try drizzling the cupcakes with melted coconut butter or substituting whipped coconut cream but I haven’t tried myself so cannot guarantee this substitution.
Can I freeze these?
These freeze well but would recommend freezing before you frost them.
Can I make these coconut free?
The coconut flour is key to the texture in this recipe. But if you’re looking for a coconut free recipe that’s similar, try this Apple Cake.
Can I make the frosting in advance?
Yes. You can store it in the fridge, but it will harden a bit. Before you ice the cupcakes, allow frosting to come to room temperature and whisk once more until desired consistency is achieved.
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