Source: Taste of Home Cookbook

Serves: 1 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup applesauce
cream cheese, as frosting

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until cupcakes test done. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Frost cooled cupcakes.