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"Healthier" Apple Cupcakes

Okay, is it really possible to make a healthy cupcake? The people at came pretty darn close!

If you like your cupcakes as authentic as possible (a.k.a. FROM SCRATCH), I would recommend you make this with an apple cupcake recipe. There are tons on Google.

I just used store bought chocolate cake mix, although I highly recommend the white mixes instead. I followed the recipe on and substituted sugar-free applesauce for the oil and eggs. The recipe and a variety of other healthier substitutes can be found on It turned out yummy! Since I was sprinkling sugar on top of my frosting, I cut down on the sugar in the cream cheese frosting quite a bit. If you like your frosting sweet, I would suggest you double the amount I recommended in the recipe. Last but not least, all you "herb" lovers out there know that I used "sage" leaves to decorate my apple. Thanks to my local grocer, that's all they had on their shelves. However, the leaves I would recommend to decorate on your cupcake would be MINT!


  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar-free applesauce
  • 10-12 cupcake liners (same color as sugar sprinkles)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz Cream cheese (softened)
  • 8 oz butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Accessories
  • 10-12 pretzel sticks
  • red sugar sprinkles (you can also use green and yellow for green and yellow apples)


Combine cake mix with applesauce in a large bowl and add 1 cup water. Whisk thoroughly and transfer to a baking pan lined with cupcake liners; bake in the oven until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. (Refer to cake-mix box for pan size and approximate bake time.) For cupcake liners, use the same color as your sugar sprinkles. If you want your apple cupcakes to be red, then use red liners. If the sugar sprinkles will be yellow, then use yellow liners.

For frosting, mix the cream cheese and butter together. Add sugar, little by little, until everything is well blended.

Wait for the cupcakes to cool and spread an ample amount of frosting to give the cupcake a round look on top. Then, either sprinkle the red sugar on top or dip the cupcake in the red sugar. Finish off the the cupcake with a pretzel stick for the "stem" and two mint leaves.