Cake Mix Muffin Recipe

4-Ingredient Apple Cider Mini Muffins Bringing Fall Cosy Season to Your Home at Any Time

Cake mix muffin recipe is going to be your another crowd pleaser that you are going to make, enjoy and repeat over and over again.

Cake Mix Muffin Recipe | 4-Ingredient Apple Cider Mini Muffins

Total Time:
40-44 Minutes
Prep Time
: 10 Minutes  

Inactive Cook Time: 30-34 Minutes  
Serving: Make 30+ mini muffins

In upstate NY, apple cider donuts are HUGE, especially in the fall. It is a must-have almost for everyone. Instead of only enjoying them during a short period of time, I believe that it is always nice to have a bite of it throughout the year at any time you want.

The name of this cute recipe was not my original plan. It was my husband taking the first bite and said, “It tastes like apple cider donuts.” That was how it got its name. Believe it or not, they do taste like the real stuff. Funny that there was not even a drop of apple cider in the batter. Don’t you think it’s amazing?


The mixture of butter and oil is an adhesive agent between the muffin top and the cinnamon sugar. But why do we use the combination of these 2 instead of using purely butter? In colder weather, once these muffins cool down, the butter will form a hard crust. I personally prefer the muffins to be soft all the way through. So, it is really a personal preference. Feel free to go by your choice.

These mini-muffins stay in air tight container in room temperature and away from direct sunlight for good up to 2 weeks.

Cake Mix Muffin Recipe and Directions

Muffin Ingredients
1 box Yellow Cake Mix (or Golden Butter)
4 containers (4oz / 113g each) Apple Sauce (plain, cinnamon or combination of both)
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Mini Muffin Liners
1 tbsp Butter
1 tsp Canola Oil

Cinnamon Sugar Ingredients
1/2 cup (4oz / 118g) Sugar
1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
(Store-bought pre-mixed cinnamon sugar works, too.)


  1. Preheat oven at 350F (177C).
  2. Combine cake mix, apple sauce and ground cinnamon together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Put muffin liners into the cups of a mini muffin tin.
  4. Use an ice-cream scoop (about 2 tsp each) to transfer batter into liners
  5. Bake in oven for 15-17 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center and come out clean.
  6. While waiting, in another mixing bowl combine cinnamon and sugar together, put aside.
  7. In a small sauce pan, melt butter and combine it with canola oil together.
  8. Once the mini-muffins are out of the oven, immediately transfer them into a baking sheet or any flat surface. (I have a cold baking sheet on a flat surface and invert the muffin tin so that all the hot mini-muffins will be out of the bakeware at the same time. This prevents you from getting burn or spending too much time to get them out one by one.) Brush butter and oil mixture on top of muffins.
  9. Dip muffins into cinnamon sugar to cover the top while it is still hot.
  10. Serve warm or cool and enjoy.

Cake Mix Muffin Recipe Steps with Photos

2 main easy ingredients2 major ingredients making these mini-muffins
Liners in muffin panPut liners into each cup of the muffin pan
Applesauce with ground cinnamonApplesauce and ground cinnamon
Mixing up all wet ingredientsMix them up
Mixing in dry to wet ingredientsStir in cake mix
Very airy and light batterBatter will be very airy and light
Scooping up batterUse cookie dough or ice-cream scoop to transfer batter
Ready to go into ovenFill up the liners in the muffin pan
Muffins out of the ovenFreshly baked muffins out of the oven
Melted butter and oilMelt butter and oil together
Brushing butter mixture on muffinsLightly brush butter mixture on top of muffins
Coating muffins with cinnamon sugarDip each mini muffin into the cinnamon sugar to coat
Muffins are ready to enjoyEnjoy these cuties

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