Chocolate Applesauce Cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (next time I would try to reduce this to 1/2 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. (Interesting note – this step IS important in allowing these ingredients to foam up and add air to the cake, so that your cake isn’t too dense.
  2. Combine dry ingredients; add to the creamed mixture alternately with applesauce. For cupcakes, add liners to two muffin tins and divide accordingly for 20-24 cupcakes. For cake, pour into a greased 9x13in baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes for cupcakes, 30-35 minutes for cake or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.