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Deliciously Easy Apple Spice Muffins Made with Cake Mix

Indulge in the cozy flavors of fall with these irresistibly easy and delicious Apple Spice Muffins. Made with cake mix, this recipe takes all the hassle out of baking, allowing you to whip up a batch of warm, fragrant muffins in no time.

Imagine biting into a moist, tender muffin bursting with juicy chunks of apple and warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The aroma alone will transport you to a crisp autumn day, making these muffins the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.

What makes these muffins even more enticing is that they can be made using a basic cake mix. This hack not only saves you time but also guarantees a consistently soft and delicious texture every time. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, this recipe is foolproof and sure to impress.

So why wait? Join us in embracing the flavors of fall and indulge in these delectable Apple Spice Muffins.

Apple Spice Muffins

Why Use Cake Mix for Apple Spice Muffins

Using cake mix for apple spice muffins may seem unconventional, but it’s a brilliant hack that results in consistently soft and delicious muffins every time. Cake mix already contains the essential dry ingredients needed for a moist and tender texture. It saves you time and effort since you don’t need to measure out the flour, baking powder, and other dry ingredients separately. Plus, the cake mix already has a balanced sweetness, which complements the tartness of the apples and the warmth of the spices perfectly.

Another advantage of using cake mix is that it simplifies the baking process, making it accessible for both seasoned bakers and beginners. You don’t need to worry about the ratios of the ingredients or the potential pitfalls of overmixing. With a cake mix as the base, you can focus on adding the apple chunks and spices to create a unique and delicious apple spice muffin.

Ingredients for Apple Spice Muffins

My favorite way to make these apple muffins is to use a spice cake mix. however if you do not have access to a box of spice cake mix then you can use a box of yellow cake mix. Simple add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg to create that spicy flavor.

  • 1 Box of Betty Crocker Spice Cake Mix
  • 2 Cups Apple Sauce
  • 1 Apple finely chopped

Optional Sugar Glaze: I love to add this sugar glaze for added flavor but also to make it these apple muffins more visually appealing.

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

This apple muffin recipe could not get any easier. If you have never used a cake mix as the base for muffins before I highly recommend that you give this recipe a try. The versatility of cake mix is amazing and comes in handy when you are short on time or ingredients.

Whether you’re baking these muffins for a cozy weekend breakfast, a festive brunch, or just to satisfy your sweet tooth on a chilly afternoon, they are sure to be a hit. The simplicity of using cake mix makes them accessible for all levels of bakers, ensuring a consistently delicious result every time.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Apple Spice Muffins

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, let’s dive into the step-by-step instructions for making these delicious apple spice muffins:

Preparing the apple muffins

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease them lightly with a non-stick cooking spray such as Pam.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the Betty Crocker spice cake mix, and apple sauce. I prefer to use a heavy duty spatula to mix the ingredients together. I find that using a mixer has a tendency to over-mix the muffin batter and results in a muffin that is too dense. Stir until the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the cake mix.
  • Using a spatula gently fold in the finely diced apples, making sure they are evenly distributed throughout the batter. Make sure that the apples are gently folded into the muffin batter but do not over-mix.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about ¾ full.

Baking these apple spice muffins

  • Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Once baked, remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool in the tin for a few minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • ***To make the sugar glaze mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and pure vanilla extract. When the muffins have cooled drizzle the glaze with a spoon across the apple muffins. Feel free to make it as thick or light as you want it to be.

These simple steps will guide you through the process of creating moist and flavorful apple spice muffins that are sure to impress your family and friends.

There’s something truly magical about the flavors of fall, and these apple spice muffins capture that essence perfectly. The combination of the tender cake mix, juicy apples, and spices creates a treat that is both comforting and indulgent.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Apple Spice Muffins

To ensure that your apple spice muffins turn out perfect every time, here are some helpful tips and tricks:

  1. Use firm and tart apples: It’s best to use apples that are firm and slightly tart for these muffins. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn apples work well as they hold their shape during baking and add a nice balance of tartness to the sweetness of the muffins.
  2. Don’t overmix: When adding the wet ingredients to the Betty Crocker spice cake mix, be sure not to overmix the batter. Overmixing can result in dense and tough muffins. Mix until the ingredients are just combined for a tender texture.
  3. Add some texture: For an extra crunch and texture, you can mix in some chopped walnuts or pecans. Sprinkle them on top of the muffins before baking or fold them into the batter along with the apples.
  4. Cool completely before storing: Allow the muffins to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. This will prevent them from becoming soggy and help them stay fresh for longer.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to baking perfect apple spice muffins that will impress everyone who takes a bite.

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Variations and Additions to Apple Spice Muffins

While the basic recipe for apple spice muffins is delicious on its own, you can always experiment with variations and additions to customize the flavor to your liking. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Streusel Topping: Sprinkle a crumbly streusel topping made from brown sugar, flour, and butter over the muffins before baking. This adds an irresistible texture and sweetness to the muffins.
  2. Caramel Drizzle: Once the muffins have cooled, drizzle some homemade caramel sauce over the top. The combination of the warm spices and sweet caramel is absolutely divine.
  3. Cream Cheese Filling: Create a surprise filling by adding a dollop of cream cheese to the center of each muffin before baking. This adds a creamy and tangy element that pairs beautifully with the apple and spice flavors.
  4. Raisins or Dried Cranberries: If you enjoy the combination of fruit and spices, you can add a handful of raisins or dried cranberries to the batter for extra bursts of sweetness.
  5. Maple Glaze: Whip up a simple maple glaze made from powdered sugar and maple syrup. Drizzle it over the cooled muffins for a touch of autumnal sweetness.

Feel free to get creative and experiment with these variations to make the apple spice muffins your own.

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Serving and Storing Apple Spice Muffins

Once your apple muffins are baked and cooled, it’s time to enjoy them! These applesauce muffins are best served warm, straight from the oven. The combination of the soft, fragrant muffin and the juicy apple chunks is truly irresistible.

Pair your apple spice muffins with a cup of hot coffee or tea for the ultimate cozy treat. The warm spices and comforting aroma will make you feel like you’re wrapped in a cozy blanket on a crisp fall morning. I like to split mine in half and put a 1/2 tablespoon of butter on each half of muffin. Paired with my morning cup of coffee it is true decadence.

If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the muffins for longer storage. Simply wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to enjoy them, thaw them at room temperature or reheat them in the oven for a few minutes.

Apple Spice Muffins

Apple Spice Muffins

There's something truly magical about the flavors of fall, and these apple spice muffins capture that essence perfectly. The combination of the tender cake mix, juicy apples, and spices creates a treat that is both comforting and indulgent.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 18

Equipment

  • 1 Medium Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Large Muffin Pan
  • 1 Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Box of Spice Cake Mix
  • 2 Cups Apple Sauce
  • 1 Apple finely chopped

Optional Sugar Glaze

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease them lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the spice cake mix, apple sauce. Stir until the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the cake mix.
  • Gently fold in the finely diced apples, making sure they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about ¾ full.
  • Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Once baked, remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool in the tin for a few minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • ***To make the sugar glaze mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and pure vanilla extract.
    When the muffins have cooled drizzle the glaze with a spoon across the apple muffins. Feel free to make it as thick or light as you want it to be.
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