One-Year Blogiversary and Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

3 Apr

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Today is the one-year anniversary of my blog (a.k.a. my blogiversary)! Truthfully, I never really anticipated this day because it was hard to picture myself keeping up with it for a whole year, but I have, and I feel pretty good about it. And then in another way, it feels easier than I thought it would be. I saw this inspirational quote the other day, and I couldn’t agree more as it relates to me.

One-Year Blog Anniversary

I can be pretty hard on myself. Sometimes I’m afraid to even start something because I don’t know how it will turn out. Will I fail? Will I waste my time? Will I embarrass myself?

Truth is, time will pass anyway, so just get over your fears and go for it! No matter what it is.

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Speaking of time passing, this recipe was passed to me from my grandma and originated from my great grandma. This cake, along with Sam’s Chocolate Cake, always accompanied birthday dinners and family parties. This recipe is a comfort food, no doubt, and I wanted to share something extra special  on my first blogiversary.

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

The cake has an extremely moist crumb without being dense (thank you, molasses and applesauce). The spice combination of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg will make your house smell mouth-wateringly fragrant while the cupcakes are baking. In my opinion, no one spice overshadows any of the others; combined, they create a spice party in your mouth that will almost remind you of my your very favorite Pumpkin Muffins.

I use my ultra-light whipped frosting to top these cupcakes. The frosting is light, airy, and buttery, and I prefer less to more.

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Hope you enjoy this recipe. Thank you for your support during my first year of blogging. I love reading your comments and getting your feedback! Keep ’em coming!

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

For cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup molasses
17 ounces regular applesauce (not unsweetened)
double batch whipped frosting (from my Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line paper cups in muffin tins or cupcake pans.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat shortening and granulated sugar until well combined, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in molasses and applesauce. Beat until smooth. Add the dry mixture to the wet, and beat briefly until smooth, about 1 minute.

Fill each muffin cup 3/4-way full. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool before frosting.

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

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3 Responses to “One-Year Blogiversary and Applesauce Spice Cupcakes”

  1. Tess April 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    I particularly love the candle! Happy blogiversary!!! I was looking at your recipe index…you have a lot to be proud of. That quote is awesome too! It goes right along with the growth mindset…

    • Adrianne April 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

      Thanks, Tess! It’s all about the growth mindset from now on.

  2. Sandy April 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Congratulations on your one-year blogging anniversary! That is an accomplishment to look back on with satisfaction. I like to think I’ve tried to live my life along the lines of Mr. Nightingale’s maxim (without ever having read it).

    I also like that you picked a family recipe to mark this moment. We are all the beneficiaries of one year of your wonderful comfort food! Lots of love and thanks to you!

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