Sugar & Spice Muffins for Valentine’s Day

sugar and spice

What are little boys made of?

What are little boys made of?

Slugs and snails
And puppy-dogs’ tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of?

What are little girls made of?

Sugar and spice
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.

The popular nursery rhyme above helped me think up a recipe to make for my daughter and her friends. It is a spice cake recipe but for Valentine’s Day Sugar and Spice sounded better 🙂 

Sugar & Spice Muffins


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of applesauce

Directions for baking

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin tins.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Beat eggs, applesauce, oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl until smooth. Add them to the flour mixture. Pour into greased muffin tins.
  3. Bake 25 to 35 minutes. 
  4. Cool and serve. You can add icing (cream cheese is my fave) if you like 

I made these for my daughter to share. The kids ate them up quick and I popped some in the freezer for a Valentine’s day treat. 

Check out these Valentine’s day treats 

Valentine’s Day Macarons 

Old Fashioned Strawberry Milkshake 


  1. seham merzib says

    thanks for the recipe!

  2. Judy C(Judy Cowan) says

    Thanks for the recipe, love the spices in this recipe so I am sure they will be very yummy!

  3. This sounds amazing! A) I wish I wasn't on a diet and B) I wish my husband could have these! I'm sure he'd love them! He has Crohn's so right now he's trying the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Maybe I can alter them?
    My recent post Real Food for Your Child: Bento Lunch Featuring Homemade Peanut Butter and SCD Friendly Bread

  4. I'm sure to bake these, they sound delicious.

  5. kathy downey says

    Thanks for the recipe,the grandkids will love these

  6. These cupcakes sound really good. I love all of the spices in them. #SITSBlogging
    My recent post Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

  7. Lorraine Pollachek says

    Sorry to correct you, but I’m much older than you, so I know this. Little boys are made of SNIPS and snails and puppy dog’s tails.


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