I’ve been searching for a new apple recipe for all those lovely autumnal apples and I found one for Maple, Pecan and Apple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting on Cupcake frenzy. I omitted the pecans completely and changed some of the amounts. The result was very sweet even though I reduced the amount of sugar and syrup. The cupcakes smells wonderful and I could easily bake these more times, but with less sugar and maybe even without the frosting which adds more sweetness.
For decoration I made mini Totoros in sugar fondant/paste, which I coloured blue. The eyes and bellies are made from uncoloured white sugar fondant and the details are painted with a food pen. The Totoros are very sweet and I wouldn’t eat them, but you could if you have a sweet tooth :-) The inspiration for the Totoros came from the Totoro tutorial at The Scent of Green Bananas and Hundrednorth’s flicker stream.
- Apple and Maple Cupcakes
(adapted from Maple, Pecan and Apple Cupcakes at Cupcake Frenzy)
60g butter, softened
240 ml flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
100 ml firmly packed brown sugar
50 ml real maple syrup
300 ml peeled and coarsely grated tart apples (about 3 small ones)
Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add syrup, beat a little more and add the eggs one at a time. Add flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Add the grated apples. Fill medium cupcake molds 2/3 full with batter.
Bake for about 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks, then spread with maple frosting.
90g butter, softened
240 ml icing sugar
4 tsp real maple syrup
Beat butter, sifted icing sugar and maple syrup until light and fluffy.