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.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 dozen
Maple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Cupcakes and frosting that use real maple syrup.
- 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
- 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
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.
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.