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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting...

43 degrees outside - 10:24 am - foggy and still raining...

Our daughter is turning six at the end of next month so I have been trying out some new cupcake recipes that I want to make for her party.  A few weeks ago I tested this recipe that I found online and they were very easy to make and were delicious!  Since then several people have asked me for the recipe so here it is…

~ Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting ~
2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups brown sugar   
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
4 eggs
6 Granny Smith apples, peeled & grated

Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, maple syrup, melted butter, and eggs.  Stir in grated apple, and then fold in the flour mixture.  Using a ladle, divide the batter evenly among the muffin tins.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the center cupcake bounces back when touched.  Let cook completely.

When they have cooled, use a melon baler to scoop out a small amount of cake from the top of each cupcake.  Fill with a teaspoon of caramel, and top with frosting.  Instead of making my own caramel, I used Marzetti Old Fashioned Caramel Appledip.

~ Maple Cream Cheese Frosting ~
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temp.
4 cups powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese at room temp.
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth.  If the frosting is a little too rich for your taste, just add a little bit of lemon juice to counteract the richness.

--- Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. This recipe is making my mouth water. I just have to go and try it out myself now! :)



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