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Apple Cider Whoopie Pies | All Images © Beyond the Butter, LLC

Apple Cider Whoopie Pies

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes (includes 15 minutes for cooling)
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10-11 whoopie pies 1x
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


These Apple Cider Whoopie Pies are moist and flavorful cakes made with apple cider and applesauce, plus a rich caramel cream cheese frosting to bring them together. And for good measure, sprinkled over the top, is a little salted caramel sugar. Yum! These are a must-try this season! 



whoopie pie cakes

  • 1 cup Apple Cider, boiled down to 1/4 cup
  • 2 cups (279 grams) All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup (104 grams) Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup (101 grams) Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 Large Eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (71 grams) Unsweetened Applesauce 
  • Salted Caramel Sugar - for sprinkling the whoopie pie tops

caramel cream cheese frosting

  • 4 ounces Full-fat Cream Cheese, softened 
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Caramel Sauce, store-bought
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 tablespoons Milk or Heavy Whipping Cream - only to be used if needed to thin out the frosting


whoopie pie cakes

  1. In a small saucepan over high heat, bring the 1 cup of apple cider to a rapid boil until it's reduced to 1/4 cup (takes about 10-15 minutes). Allow to cool completely.
  2. Adjust oven rack to 2nd level position and pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and very lightly spray with a flour-based baking spray. Alternatively, you can use a silicone baking mat without spraying it. Set to the side.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, apple pie spice, and salt. Set to the side.
  4. Using your hand-held mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the unsalted butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar together on medium-high speed until well blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Add in the eggs, unsweetened applesauce, and cooled apple cider (remember, only 1/4 cup), then mix until completely blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  6. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add in the whisked dry mixture. Mix together until just combined.
  7. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon-size cookie scoop (recommended), drop a generous scoop of apple cider cake batter on to the lined baking sheet, spacing each cake about 1 1/2- to 2-inches apart (they will spread out, but not by a lot). 
  8. Sprinkle the tops with a little of the salted caramel sugar, then place in the oven and bake at 375ºF for 12-15 minutes or until the center of the cakes spring back when lightly pressed. 
  9. Remove from oven and, if so desired, sprinkle the tops with just a little more salted caramel sugar.
  10. Allow cakes to cool slightly on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before carefully transferring them to a cooling rack. 

peanut butter frosting

  1. Using your hand-held mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and unsalted butter together until smooth and creamy. Add in the caramel sauce and vanilla extract.
  2. Switch the mixer speed to low and gradually add in the sifted confectioners sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. If your frosting is too thick, you can add 1 tablespoon of milk or heavy whipping cream to thin it out a little. Likewise, if you feel your frosting isn't thick enough, add a little more sifted confectioners sugar.

assembling the apple cider whoopie pies

  1. Using a small offset spatula or a piping bag fitted with a piping tip of your choice (I used the Wilton 1A piping tip), add the caramel cream cheese frosting to the bottom of a whoopie pie cake. Then top with another cake. Repeat until all the whoopie pies have been assembled, then enjoy!

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