Halloween Pumpkin Spiced Applesauce Spider Cupcakes are a fun, seasonal dessert that your kids will not only have fun making, but eating too. The secret to the flavor in the cupcakes comes from the applesauce.

A selection of Halloween Pumpkin Spiced Applesauce Spider Cupcakes on a black cake stand with mini orange pumpkins and fake spiders

There is only one season I look forward to as much as Christmas and that is fall. What’s not to love? The cooler weather (I live in the Arizona desert, you understand) pumpkins, Halloween and all of the fall produce,  in particular the apples.


Cupcakes from overhead showing the giant spider decorations


With Halloween, applesauce and pumpkins on my mind, all of these were factors that inspired me to come up with these cupcakes. Applesauce is a delicious and seasonal way to add moisture and natural sweetness to these cupcakes.

Pumpkin spiced applesauce cupcake in an orange liner wrapped in a spiderweb liner with cream cheese frosting and a plastic spider

Just as an aside, as you may need to fend off your neighbors, my kitchen smelled like pumpkin pie when the cupcakes were baking.

The frosting for the cupcakes is cream cheese with a little pumpkin pie spice to mirror the pumpkin spice in the applesauce and drive home the pumpkin/fall feeling.

I had a lot of fun with these cupcakes. I have many Halloween-themed recipes on my website from skulls to scorpions and now spiders.

Check out these other fun, Halloween recipes (click on text for links) Halloween Brownie Graveyard, Skull and Dagger CakeHalloween Popcorn.


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Yield: 12 cupcakes

Halloween Pumpkin Spiced Applesauce Spider Cupcakes

A closeup showing the spiderweb cupcake liner, creamy frosting and large spider decoration

Fluffy cupcakes flavored with pumpkin spiced applesauce with pumpkin spice frosting are made spooky for Halloween with fake spiders.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature for 1 hour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup North Coast pumpkin spiced applesauce
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • For the frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature for 1 hour
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened at room temperature for 1 hour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. For the cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-muffin tin with liners.
  3. To a bowl add the butter and sugar. Beat on high until light and pale using an electric mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat until mixed. Mix in the pumpkin applesauce.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a separate bowl and mix well. With the mixer on low add little dry mix to the wet mix, alternate with a little milk until all the flour and milk are used. Mix until well-combined and smooth. Don't over mix.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop and divide the batter between all the cups, a little over halfway filled.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. When a toothpick inserted in the center it should come out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven, remove the cupcakes from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
  8. For the frosting:
  9. Beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer, add the vanilla, mix well. Slowly add powdered sugar while beating. Add the pumpkin pie spice and mix well.  
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to make topping the cupcakes easier.
  11. Top the cooled cupcakes with the frosting.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 410Saturated Fat 13gCholesterol 93mgSodium 176mgCarbohydrates 48gProtein 4g