Apple and Maple Cupcakes with Maple frosting and Totoro!

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)

    makes 12

    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
    2 eggs
    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.

    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.

54 Responses to “Apple and Maple Cupcakes with Maple frosting and Totoro!”

  1. Dariusz
    October 1st, 2007 12:18

    Hej Dagmar!
    Dom blev jättefina, massa jobb förstår jag. Du är väldigt duktig, man får lust att ta en eller fler till kaffet nu ;-)


  2. Dagmar
    October 1st, 2007 13:02

    Hej brorsan :-)
    Tack tack, fast du hade fixat modelleringen mycket bättre :-) Jag blev också sugen på en nu, men jag gav bort alla till Fredriks jobb :-O

  3. Laurie
    October 1st, 2007 13:54

    Oh my they are adorable! Great fondant work. It still scares me, so I havent attempted anything with it. And I too have been looking over apple recipes. Fall is almost here!

  4. Sylvia
    October 1st, 2007 14:08

    These cupcakes are so cute. Lovely job

  5. Anne
    October 1st, 2007 14:13

    Oh my goodness, Fredrik’s co-workers are SO spoiled! And you’re SO talented, great job! They’re completely adorable. :)

  6. Michelle
    October 1st, 2007 14:31

    These are just adorable!! Well done! :)

  7. Lewis
    October 1st, 2007 14:59

    These are amazing! You have to be the envy of the neighborhood!

    I wonder if there is a way to make the little kitties more edible…something for a future project :)

    Good Job!

  8. breadchick
    October 1st, 2007 15:00

    Dagmar, those are just too adorable. I love the little kitty topper!

  9. Deborah
    October 1st, 2007 17:13

    What adorable cupcakes! They look like so much love and work went into them.

  10. DaviMack
    October 1st, 2007 21:10

    Oh, TOO FABULOUS! We love Totoro!

  11. Kärt
    October 1st, 2007 21:18

    You are insane! In a good way, of course. I looked at your 1up cake (and ofcourse other stuff too) and i must say, you’re amazing!

  12. Wendy
    October 1st, 2007 22:12

    Oh my, they are cute!

  13. Linda
    October 1st, 2007 23:09

    Hej! Var bara tvungen att länka till det här inlägget i min egen blogg, bara så att du vet :) Helt underbara kakor!

  14. Sera
    October 1st, 2007 23:37

    I can’t think of a more perfect cupcake!!! I’d imagine a version with a pumpkin base would be yummy too!

  15. Anita
    October 2nd, 2007 04:13

    I love totoro and these are just too cute!!!!!

  16. Jennifer
    October 2nd, 2007 05:22

    These are so sweet!

  17. cedar
    October 2nd, 2007 21:00

    Those are the most amazing cupcakes EVER!

  18. Dagmar
    October 2nd, 2007 22:23

    Thank you all for your sweet compliments, they made me very happy!!!


    Laurie: It still scares me too, but I\’m trying to use it as much as I can :-)

    Anne: Thank you. Yes, I think that they are a bit spoiled.. haha :-) But it\’s fun to bake :-)

    Lewis: marzipan would be nicer to eat :-)

    Kärt: Thank you. Sometimes I can be a bit insane and it\’s true :-)

  19. Shaun
    October 2nd, 2007 23:31

    Dagmar – I, too, love the combination of apples and maple syrup. I’m glad that you stuck with using brown sugar because it adds a caramel-like depth to the apple. Have you tried using blackstrap molasses? It makes a great, though heavier, substitute for maple syrup.

  20. Mary
    October 3rd, 2007 03:00

    The cupcakes are so very autumnal with the apples and maple. And I love the whimsical Totoro – so adorable!

  21. Pille
    October 3rd, 2007 07:50

    I’ve got no idea who or what Totoro is, but those cupcakes are the cutest. Lucky Frederik!!

  22. Pat
    October 3rd, 2007 10:56

    The little cat cupcakes are adorable!!!!

  23. peabody
    October 4th, 2007 02:56

    Those are soooo cute! Such time and patience you have!

  24. Micah
    October 6th, 2007 02:25

    What a wonderful, unique recipe for fall. Very refreshing. I have added you to my blogroll on my site. Great recipes!

  25. Dagmar
    October 7th, 2007 22:08

    Shaun: I don’t think I would find blackstrap molasses here in Sweden, but it sounds very interesting.

    Mary: Thanks.

    Pille: Thanks :-)

    Pat: Thanks!

    Peabody: Thank you. I tend to not be patient, but if I would have to do more than 12 Totoros I would go insane :-)

    Micah: Hi, welcome! Thank you very much!

  26. ann-lou
    October 15th, 2007 12:49

    I think Totoro would have loved the idea of being put on top of a cupcake! I made a gang of muffinsmonster myself a while back with fruits, nuts and marshmallow fluff for decorations.

  27. Tartelette
    October 17th, 2007 05:57

    Absolutely the cutest! What patience you have!

  28. PHP Encoder
    October 17th, 2007 11:49

    It’s just amazing cupcakes!
    I like cats.

  29. Ashley
    October 22nd, 2007 07:50

    Those cupcakes are so incredibly cute!! You did such a great job creating the little totoros. I’ve never heard of apple and maple cupcakes and I must say they sound quite tasty.

  30. Iuuper
    October 22nd, 2007 23:48

    I really enjoyed your page.
    Ok! Beautyful.
    It’s vonderful.

  31. Caroline
    December 31st, 2007 03:40

    Ojojoj jag trodde verkligen att dina Totoro’s var köpta. Helt otroligt att du gjort dem själv. Imponerande. De var sjukt fina.

  32. petit lampion
    January 10th, 2008 08:34

    Love it!

    I am a french mum living in China, I found your blog searching Totoro’s ;-)
    I like your blog very much.

  33. thenetguruz
    August 17th, 2008 16:10

    wow your blog is so nice! I like that header you have with cat sleeping :D really cool. Hope recipes will be equally delicious.

  34. chloe
    August 17th, 2008 19:10

    I think these cupcakes are the ultimate in kawaii baking. I love the totoro decoration and think I shall attempt to make these cakes off the recipie you gave.

  35. Dagmar
    August 17th, 2008 22:03

    thenetguruz: Thank you!

    Chloe: Thank you! :-)

  36. Charmy Canuck
    October 10th, 2008 03:57

    Those Totoros are adorable. I am going to do a totoro themed birthday party for my daughter and this is a great idea and the recipe for the cupcakes sounds amazing. I love maple too.

  37. Jenny
    November 23rd, 2008 16:03

    Wow – So cute!!!
    all the best from Spain


  38. gouka design
    March 7th, 2009 18:24

    amazing cakes!

  39. dynastie
    March 29th, 2009 19:25

    i enjoy very much your recipies. i will for sure try to bake them….ty

  40. Eliphas Siqueira
    July 15th, 2009 14:32

    Really, I’ll make it just for the Totoros.

  41. Katie
    September 17th, 2009 11:37

    Hey there!

    I know this is an old post but I thought I’d let you know I also made some Totoro cupcakes on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration.


    Katie xox

  42. vic
    September 19th, 2010 12:46

    hey just asking, when you write 240ml flour do you mean 240g or 240ml when measured in a measuring cup for liquid? because isnt ml used to measure liquid only? i want to try your superb recipe but i’m not sure exactly which is correct and they are both very different! ): hee hee cant wait to eat this! :D

  43. Panda
    December 3rd, 2010 03:32

    Love the Totoro, and great recipe, really enjoyed making them. I add a link to my blog, hope it’s ok.

  44. Ajuku Girls
    May 2nd, 2012 18:03

    nom nom. super kawaii cupcakes! love them!

  45. Rob
    May 3rd, 2012 02:39

    OMG!!! these cupcakes are so cool I want them!!!!!

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