Salted Caramel Cider Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Salted Caramel Cider Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting from

My fall baking has officially begun and I am happier than pie about it.  The scents and flavors of fall are among my absolute favorite and to celebrate I had to make cupcakes, of course! 

Last Friday night I was out with my husband and youngest son and we ended up at a local grocery store and I saw a display for some seasonal products that I knew I wanted to use to create something delicious.  


When I saw cider my creative senses perked up! Not only is cider perfect for drinking but it's also great to use as an ingredient in so many recipes.  

I have a coffee drink up my sleeve that I'll be sharing in a few days but until then I decided the Salted Caramel Cider would be great as a flavoring for a basic white batter cupcake.


Salted Caramel Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spice Syrup from the Giant Eagle Market District

Next, I saw Pumpkin Spice Syrup and thought this would be delicious in a Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting to go with the cupcakes.  It would be perfect with pumpkin pancakes and those are on my weekend menu.

You certainly can make cupcakes from scratch which I do most of the time but in this case I used a boxed white cake mix with pudding.  

Salted Caramel Cider Cupcakes


1 box of white cake mix with pudding in the mix

Salted Caramel Cider

White cake batter with Salted Caramel Cider added for flavor -

Directions:Follow direction on the box (but) substitute *Salted Caramel Cider* for the water called for in the recipe and bake as directed. 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting


Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

4 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream cheese frosting in mixing bowl with beater
Powdered sugar in measuring cup
cream cheese frosting
Pumpkin Spice Syrup 1 tbsp.

2 tablespoon Pumpkin Spice SyrupCream the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy which will take several minutes so be patient.Gradually add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until fully incorporated.Mix in the vanilla extract and Pumpkin Spice Syrup just until blended; less than 30 second, on low.


Salted Caramel Cider Cupcakes -

 Once your cupcakes are done baking allow them to cool.

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Once cool, slather on this delicious, rich and creamy frosting and enjoy!

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 What are your favorite flavors of fall?


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  1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Mary Beth these look amazing!! Your photography is fabulous too! And... I miss Giant Eagle. 🙁 They really had a wonderful selection of products... especially 'different' ones like the cider and syrup you shared about here.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Diane! 🙂 I love Giant Eagle - maybe some day they'll be in your neck of the woods. *hugs*

  2. Oooh, I love those flavors! Such a creative use of those products too! #client

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Brandie. 🙂

  3. Natalie @ A Turtle's Life for Me says:

    These look delicious! That picture with them broken in half made me want to crawl through my screen!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Natalie! Your comment made me chuckle 😉

  4. Beautiful everything! Your cupcakes look amazing and your photos are magazine quality! Gorgeous!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You are so sweet, Malia! Thank you xoxo

  5. Amy Anderson says:

    These look AMAZING. I want to try one right now! :0