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Mini Apple Cider Doughnut Cupcakes

Mini Apple Cider Doughnut Cupcakes

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The last few days I’ve really been under the weather with a nasty cold and today is definitely looking like another sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, without ANY rest kind of day! So, even though I am blah and feel like I should be the spokesperson for a NyQuil commercial, I picked myself up out of  bed and decided to make these rrreeally cute fall inspired Mini Apple Cider Doughnut Cupcakes.

Apple Cider Donut Cupcakes

This particular recipe could not be easier.  Besides a box of good ole’ Duncan Hines all you need to make these doughnut cupcakes is apple cider, mini muffin pans and some other ingredients for cake baking, like cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, and cooking spray.

 A few important notes on these Doughnut Cupcakes:

  • I chose to substitute apple cider for water you do not have to do this. Just keep in my mind that they won’t actually be “apple cider” donut cupcakes if you leave the cider out – but they will still be very good 🙂
  • Do not overfill the muffin tin – less is more – the recipe says 2/3rds full but I say just shy of 2/3rds or they WILL come over the top.  I totally overfilled the first batch and turned out these lopsided mini cupcakes with abnormally large tops that hung over the side
  • Make sure to grease the pan well and to dust them with flour if your not using cooking spray with flour
  • Roll in cinnamon sugar while still warm or it won’t stick
  • Eat the same day for best taste

Apple Cider Donut Cupcakes

If you love cinnamon doughnuts I recommend giving these a try. They have that great homemade taste without too much work.

Happy Baking and Enjoy!

Mini Apple Cider Doughnut Cupcakes

Apple cider donut flavored mini cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 15 oz package of yellow or white cake mix plus ingredients to prepare the mix
  • cup *1apple cider to replace water in cake mix directions
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • Butter and flour cooking spray


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Grease mini muffin cups with spray. In a deep bowl or pan combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Substituting 1 cup of apple cider for water. Then stir in the nutmeg. Scoop batter into muffin cups, just less than 2/3rds full.
  • Place tray(s) in oven and bake (center rack) for 12 minutes or until center comes out clean when a toothpick is inserted.
  • Remove cupcakes from pan(s). Roll warm cupcakes in sugar mixture until completely covered.
  • Best if eaten same day.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

The recipe idea came from this cute little kids cookbook I picked up from Kohls Cares. It’s  called “Kids Treats, Fun-filled snacks and irresistible sweets”.  If you saw my post on the guacamole cones last week, they were inspired by this book as well.

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