Saturday, February 26, 2011

Maple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting


It's almost maple sugaring season--a sure sign that spring is right around the corner!  Many people associate maple flavor with fall recipes.  For me, it will always be a late winter, early spring flavor.  For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed maple syrup made by my grandpa.  Every year he used to tap maple trees, collect the sap, and then boil it down in a "sugar shack" to make maple syrup.  One year we were lucky enough to visit during the time the sap was running so grandpa took us out to see his maple sugaring operation.  I remember being amazed at just how much work went in to making one small quart of syrup.  And grandpa made a lot of maple syrup!  He has since passed away, but I still have some of his maple syrup which I used in this recipe.

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Maple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Cupcakes and frosting that use real maple syrup.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 7 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
             For Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside3. Beat brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and maple flavoring together until well blended.4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each is added.5. Combine milk and maple syrup.6. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with milk mixture and mix after each addition.7. Spoon batter into muffin tins lined with paper liners.8. Bake at 350°F for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.9. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.10. To make frosting, cream together the cream cheese and butter until well combined.11. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar until thoroughly incorporated.12. Add the maple flavoring and maple syrup and continue to mix until smooth.13. Refrigerate frosting until ready to use.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 dozen
Cake recipe adapted from Cooking Light 
Frosting recipe adapted from bon appetit
Depending on the syrup you use and the flavor you desire, you may want to eliminate the maple flavoring, or use more of it.

    And an Award!
    This month I was honored with the Stylish Blogger award by two different blogs.  Thank you Cakewalker and The Cultural Dish!  I am truly honored!  If you haven't seen Cakewalker's  Gran's Chocolate Cake, you need to see it!  And if you are looking for a delicious Italian dessert, check out The Cultural Dish's Chocolate Panna Cotta!  One thing I had not expected when I started blogging was all the encouragement and support I have received from fellow bloggers.  Thank you!
       
    Following the rules of the award, I have to:
    1.  Thank them, make a post, and put a link back to the person/s who gave me this award.
    2.  Share 7 things about myself.
    3.  Pass the award to 10 recently discovered great bloggers.
    4.  Contact these bloggers and personally tell them about the award.

    Seven things about me:
    1.  I have lived in 8 different states.
    2.  Although I love to bake, I have never enjoyed cooking.
    3.  My husband requested that I "retire" from cake decorating because when I decorate cakes I become a perfectionist
         and stress out over every detail.
    3.  I was in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. (As an extra!) 
    4.  I am a night owl.
    5.  I once took apart my laptop and repaired it myself.  (After the guy at the computer repair shop said he didn't know
         what was wrong with it and that it would cost more than a new laptop to find out.)
    6.  I love roller coasters!
    7.  For years I didn't drink coffee, now I look forward to a cup every morning.         

    Great bloggers I have recently discovered:
    There are so many wonderful blogs that I follow!  Many have already received the Stylish Blogger Award, some of them multiple times.  So I have tried to pass on the award on to bloggers who (to the best of my knowledge) have not received this award before.  
    Updated

    June 30 2011

    27 comments:

    1. Omg this is amazing! Such a great idea making maple cream cheese frosting. It sounds sooo good!!

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    2. As soon as I saw the picture of your beautiful cupcakes I was excited to read your post - they are stunning and sound absolutely delicious! It was a complete surprise to then discover you have awarded my blog with the award! Thanks so much - for both the award and the beautiful post! : )

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    3. Oooh, so much maple flavor! These cupcakes look fantastic!

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    4. these cupcakes look gorgeous! Help me with something - what can I use instead of maple flavoring? (I can't find it over here}.

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    5. Loved your story...it´s so precious those memories, they make what we are today and take us closer to that person....
      Your muffins sound delicious and i happen to have mapple syrup, i'm temptend...

      Kisses,

      Rita

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    6. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
      I was kind of giggling the whole time I was making the little Girl Scout cookie sash! :)

      These cupcakes looks stunning! Beautiful pictures!

      ♥ - Katrina

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    7. Congrats on your award and your cupcakes look amazing..they are perfect! And I love your answers!:)
      Happy Sunday

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    8. Thanks for your sweet comments!

      @something_good--I would try it without the maple flavoring and use dark maple syrup. When I was looking at different recipes containing maple syrup, many did not contain flavoring at all. In the US and Canada there are different grades of maple syrup. Grade B is darker, thicker, and has a more intense flavor so it is most often used in baking. I wasn't sure what my grandpa's syrup was (although it looks dark and has an pretty intense flavor) so I used the flavoring along with the syrup. But, I really think the flavor of the syrup alone would have been enough.

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    9. Beautiful cupcakes! I love anything maple, these sound amazing :)!

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    10. congrats on your well deserved award and fabulous looking cupcakes these should be on the front page of a popular magazine wow!

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    11. Those looking amazing!!! Thank you for supporting my blog and always giving very nice comments!!

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    12. Congrats on your award! These cupcakes look awesome!

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    13. These sound amazing with maple flavor both in the cupcakes and in the frosting!

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    14. Thanks so much for the award!!!!!! hurrah!! And your cupcakes look delectable! yummmmmmmy!

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    15. I was very surprised to have the award passed on to me! Thanks SO MUCH. Your blog is definitely a winner and you do such a good job! I am going to try these cupcakes- maple is such a wonderful flavor. I also enjoyed reading the random things about you.

      http://homestyleworldcook.blogspot.com

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    16. Wonderful maple flavoring....it's all all year round thing for me....but then I have something of a maple syrup obsession. :)

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    17. Congrats on the blog award...you have one more waiting @my blog! you don't have to pass it on just my own creation!

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    18. Love maple and love cream cheese frosting. A great introduction of flavors!

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    19. Your cupcakes look heavenly.. I love maple so thanks so much for sharing.. congrats on the the award as well..

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    20. Beautiful cupcakes! I didn't know you used to decorate cakes too....i would love to see some of your creations :)
      -abeer @ www.cakewhiz.com

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    21. Cupcakes look delicious! I love anything maple!

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    22. Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments!

      @abeer--it was quite awhile ago that I decorated cakes. I mostly made them for family and friends. I loved making flowers and was pretty good at it! I will have to see if I can find any pics to scan. They are all pre-digital! LOL

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    23. A double dose of maple! Yum! Congratulations on your award,it is well deserved!

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    24. Thanks so much for the Stylish Blogger award! I have been looking over your recipes and am in heaven!

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