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Gluten Free Apple Pie Cupcakes with Vegan Maple Buttercream Frosting

Did someone say maple buttercream frosting?!

We know the title 'Gluten Free Apple Pie Cupcakes with Vegan Maple Buttercream Frosting' is a bit of a mouthful, but we promise this recipe does not disappoint! In honor of National Vanilla Cupcake Day, we wanted to take a classic vanilla cupcake and turn it into a mouthwatering vessel for ooey gooey apple pie filling. The best part? These gluten free apple pie cupcakes are incredibly easy and quick to make. 

To create this recipe, we used one of our favorite gluten free vanilla cake mixes - Pamela's - so you don't have to worry about making the cake batter homemade. For the apple pie filling we used granny smith apples because their tart flavor profile pairs well with the sweetness from the cupcake and the frosting. 

Although these cupcakes taste amazing on their own, we whipped up homemade vegan maple buttercream frosting to top them off. If you've never added pure maple syrup to homemade frosting, you've been missing out. The result is a light and fluffy frosting with a strong maple flavor that you could eat with a spoon - or put on pancakes, we support that, too. To add a little crunch we crumbled LivBar on the top of the frosting for a final flavor punch!

If you're not a fan of pie, these cupcakes are a great replacement for the holidays! They embody all the flavors from classic apple pie but in cupcake form - can it get any better than that?!