Apple Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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From Holly Phillips of Stow, grand prize winner of Betty Crocker’s “Bakers Challenge Gluten Free Recipe Contest”

1 box Betty Crocker® Gluten Free yellow cake mix
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup chopped peeled apple
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 oz gluten-free cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup gluten-free glazed walnuts, chopped

Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 16 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cake mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, 1/2 cup butter, the vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in chopped apple. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

Bake 18 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cream cheese and maple syrup with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add powdered sugar; beat until smooth. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with glazed walnuts. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.