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Paw Print Cupcakes (Applesauce Cupcakes with Applesauce Frosting)

These fun Secret Life of Pets inspired Paw Print Cupcakes are delicious by themselves but also a healthy alternative to traditional cupcake recipe. Try these Applesauce Cupcakes with Applesauce Frosting today!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 385 kcal
Author Larisha Campbell

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Mott’s Apple White Grape Juice
  • 1/2 cup Mott’s Applesauce

For the frosting

  • 8 oz 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup Mott’s Applesauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

For the paw prints

Instructions

For the cupcakes

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar.
  4. Add in egg and vanilla and beat until just combined.
  5. Add applesauce and apple juice and beat until combined.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients until combined.
  7. Fill paper lined cupcake 3/4 of the way full.
  8. Bake from 20-22 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For the frosting

  1. Blend the cream cheese and butter until no lumps are left.
  2. Add in the applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.
  3. Blend until combined.
  4. Add the powdered sugar and blend until everything is well combined.
  5. Using a piping bag, pipe the frosting on top of each cupcake.
  6. Refrigerate or discard any leftover icing.

For the paw prints

  1. Cut each mini peanut butter cup in half. Using the wider half place in the center of the frosting.
  2. Above the cup, place four regular size chocolate chips, flat side up, in a crescent shape above the peanut butter cup.
Nutrition Facts
Paw Print Cupcakes (Applesauce Cupcakes with Applesauce Frosting)
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 325mg14%
Potassium 154mg4%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 113mg11%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.