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Spice Cupcakes with a Candy Center

I used some Spiced Apple Brew to make an amazing filling bomb for regular 'ol spice cake. It's a great surprise in the middle!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider cupcakes, spice cake recipe, spice cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 110kcal


  • 1 C Reed’s Spiced Apple Brew if you can’t find this product, you could use a Ginger Ale
  • 1 t apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/3 C applesauce
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t fresh ginger chopped very finely
  • 1 1/3 C flour
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 12 sticky candies make them yourself or use a store-bought sticky caramel candy


  • Combine the soda and the vinegar.
  • Add in the sugar and the applesauce and mix well.
  • Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice.
  • Add in the ginger, flour, baking soda, and baking powder and mix until just incorporated.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  • Drop a candy into each liner.
  • Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when touched.


Frost the spice cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream frosting (see bottom of this post).


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.7mg