Apple Spice Cupcakes

17 Jan

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Hi.  It’s me.  Remember me?  I haven’t posted in over a month…

But I’m back now.  With recipes.  And pictures.

This weekend was just about the most unproductive weekend of my life.  I’m taking ceramics this month, and have about fifteen mugs I have to paint and put handles on.  This was the dialogue with myself on Saturday:

Me:  6:00 am.  Time to head over to the art building and work.  Wahoo!!

Myself:  9:00 am.  I’m getting hungry, but still have  a lot to do here.  I’ll keep working.

Me:  11:00 am.  Okay, lunch time.

Myself:  12:00 pm.  Maybe I should head back over and finish my ceramics pieces.

Me:  Nah… I’ll just stay here and watch ‘Friends’ curled up under my covers because our heat is currently not working.

Myself:  Sure, yeah.  Okay, that sounds like fun.

Six hours later…

Me:  Okay, you really do need to go back to the art building and finish your stuff.

Myself:  DINNER!

 

So, basically didn’t get anything done.  I was going to bake yesterday, but it sounded like too much work.  Seriously?  Me?  Baking is work?  What’s wrong with me?

But I did bake today, so be happy.

APPLE CUPCAKES

  • 2 1/2 c. AP flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (I’m not a huge fan of nutmeg, so I did 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. non dairy margarine
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. white sugar
  • 2 eggs-worth of egg replacer
  • 1/2 c. soy milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 c. shredded apples (I used Granny Smith from our dining hall)

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line 2 standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

Cream margarine and sugar.  Add the egg replacer and vanilla.  Then add the dry ingredients alternating with the milk.

Scoop into your muffin cups and bake.*

Take out and let cool, then top with frosting and caramel below.

*These took for forever and a day to bake – probably somewhere around 30 minutes for me.  Always start with 18 minutes, though, and go from there.  You can always let them bake for longer, but you can’t unburn cupcakes!!

 

BROWN SUGAR FROSTING

  • 1 c. + 3 tbsp. non dairy margarine (I just had the three tablespoons sitting around, that’s why I used them)
  • 1 c. sifted brown sugar
  • 3 c. white sugar

Cream it all up in a bowl with your electric mixer.

Note on this frosting:  I made up this recipe because I realized I didn’t have any powdered sugar.  I tried making my own by blending it up in a food processor, but that didn’t work either. This frosting is just like that magical time when you’re baking cookies when it’s just the butter and sugar together – YUM.

 

CARAMEL SAUCE

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 tbsp. non dairy margarine
  • soy milk (don’t ask me how much – I eyeballed it)

Put the sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir with a whisk or wooden spoon every 10-15 seconds, for about a minute, until sugar starts to melt. Stir, nonstop, for about 2 – 3 minutes. The sugar will be very hot by now, which is good, but it will probably pop and splatter, so be careful!  (Ahem, I didn’t burn my toe when the sugar popped out of the pan!  What are you talking about?)  Add vanilla. When the sugar starts to turn just a little darker, add margarine and stir nonstop until it melts. Let boil on medium heat for 2 to3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.  Add non-dairy milk, a little at a time.

Note on this recipe:  Ok, I totally winged this one.  My margarine and sugar amounts were correct, but my sugar flipped out and just curdled up into little hard sugar balls.  So really, my caramel sauce turned into ‘epic fail sauce.’  So I strained out the little lumpies with my whisk and it turned out okay.

Enjoy!   : )

 

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3 Responses to “Apple Spice Cupcakes”

  1. Carina January 18, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    You didn’t want to bake?
    Don’t worry; if i didn’t have to class today i would be doing nothing!
    Looks yummy; I need a kitchen!

  2. emilywalsh January 21, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    SO UH

    YEAH

    you should really let me know when you’re baking again! I MISS MY VEGAN CUPCAKES! okay that is all.

    • bakerbarth January 21, 2011 at 7:45 am #

      baahaha. ok. sorry. i’m baking this weekend, as my roommate is ditching me again. 🙂

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