Spice Cupcakes With Penuche Frosting

Today I baked some Spice Cupcakes that I adapted from a Taste of Home recipe, then I topped them with an easy Penuche Frosting. My mother-in-law gave me the recipe for the frosting a number of years ago. She was a restaurant owner for many years and always a wonderful cook.

Spice Cupcakes
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a cupcake pan by spraying with nonstick cooking spray or use paper liners.
In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce. Stir in walnuts.
Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack. Frost cooled cupcakes. Makes one dozen.

Penuche Frosting 
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 3/4 to 2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Melt butter in a medium saucepan, add brown sugar and bring to a boil. Over low heat, boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in milk, bring mixture back to a boil, stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm, then gradually stir in powdered sugar. Beat until thick enough to spread. If frosting is too stiff it can be thinned with a little hot water.

 Cool the butter, brown sugar, and milk mixture to lukewarm before adding the powdered sugar.

 Gradually stir in the powdered sugar, beating until thick enough to spread.

This Penuche Frosting is a good companion for the Spice Cupcakes.


  1. Oh this is my favorite flavor cake... SPICE! This is a keeper.
    Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY with this sweet, Autumn flavored treat.

  2. These look amazing. The flavors must be soooo good. I linked to you from Recipe Sharing Monday.
    Thanks for a great recipe.

  3. This recipe looks amazing! Join in on the fun and come over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow to share this tasty recipe with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  4. These look delish! I would love it if you joined my linky party, Crazy Sweet Tuesdays sometime! The party is open from Tuesday through Thursday evening. Hope to see you!

  5. Hi Anita! These look so pretty AND tasty!!

  6. These look really delicious and I adore the taste of penuche.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. I love spice cake and the penuche frosting looks like the perfect topping. I had no idea what penuche was until last night at the fair when I inquired about penuche fudge. Yum! Have a great weekend, Candace

  8. These sound perfect for Fall! I love penuche!!

  9. Anita, this is a great cupcake to get us in the mood for cooler weather. Hope you have a wonderful holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Oh, these look delicious! This is some of my favorite flavor combinations. Perfect for fall baking. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.