Apple Cider Cupcakes

8 cupcakes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes



  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • ½ + ⅓ cup flour


  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream


  1. Start making the cupcake batter by creaming together the sugar and butter in a large bowl with a hand or stand mixer.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the apple cider and dry ingredients, alternating between the two, to the butter mixture. Add slowly until all are fully incorporated.
  5. Fill 8 silicone muffin cups with the batter, about ⅔ of the way. Arrange them in the steam tray.
  6. Fill the inner pot of the cooker with about 1 cup of water; place the steam tray on top.
  7. Close the lid and STEAM for 10 minutes until a toothpick can be easily inserted to a cupcake and comes out clean. Make sure you are careful of escaping steam any time you open the cooker.
  8. When the cupcakes are done, turn off the cooker and carefully remove the cupcakes. Set aside to cool completely before frosting.
  9. While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting by whipping together the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  10. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
  11. Add the heavy cream until you reach desired consistency (more for thinner frosting).
  12. Frost the cupcakes once they are fully cool, then enjoy!

Recipe inspiration from Wishes and Dishes