Yesterday was the first Sunday in awhile that I had just to cook (my favorite kind of day!).  I started my day by flipping through my Grandmother’s recipe box for a little Fall inspiration… I found a handwritten recipe for “apple cake” that I had never seen before.  Sounded delicious, but I decided to switch some ingredients out.  I took out the oil and made them vegan.  (I served these to a bunch of meat eaters and not one of them ever suspected they were vegan!!)  They turned out super yummy!  Happy Halloween!

IMG_7522-webSpiced Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

Makes 2 dozen regular cupcakes

What you’ll need:

4 cups peeled and chopped (1/4 inch pieces) tart apples (about 2 large apples)

2 super ripe bananas, mashed

2 cup sugar

1/2 cup applesauce

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

2 cups flour (easily sub gluten free flour)

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt


1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup raisins

Cinnamon Frosting

6 tbsp. vegan butter

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 cups powdered sugar

What you’ll do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Stir together the apples, bananas, sugar and applesauce.  Add in the cinnamon and the optional nuts and raisins.  Sift flour, baking soda and salt together and blend with the apple mixture.  Pour into cupcake liners and bake for about 15 minutes.  Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack.

To make the frosting, cream the butter, cinnamon and sugar together.  If it’s too dry add a splash of soy milk and if too wet add a little more sugar.

Frost and serve 🙂

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