I am definitely on a maple quick lately. I’ve been adding maple flavoring into everything I can get my hands on! This week it was these spiced cupcakes which are spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. The addition of maple buttercream on top with a sprinkle of pecans just screams Fall!
How to Make Spice Cupcakes I like to use a cupcake liner with my cupcakes. You can just spray the muffin tin with a baking spray but I like the look of a cupcake liner and it helps keep them from drying out after you remove them from the muffin tin. It just makes for a prettier presentation. Bring your ingredients to room temperature before mixing, they will combine more smoothly. Don’t overfill your muffin tins. After lining my muffin tin with cupcake liners I scoop in my cupcake batter with this scoop to make sure I end up with evenly sized cupcakes. After baking, allow the cupcakes to cool for only a couple of minutes in the muffin tin and then remove them to a cooling rack. The heat from the pan can cause the cupcakes to continue cooking and over bake.
The frosting has maple syrup and brown sugar and is truly divine. You can find the recipe here. Combine the maple along with the cinnamon and nutmeg blend, you have a truly wonderful Fall inspired treat.
Some of my other favorite fall treats:
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats
Caramel Apple Bundt Cake
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Spice Cupcake Recipe
Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting
3 eggs 1/2 cup butter (softened) 1 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup buttermilk 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup pecans (chopped for garnish) Maple Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting 1/2 cup butter (softened) 3 cups powdered sugar 2 Tbsp brown sugar 2 Tbsp maple syrup (or 1 tsp Mapleine) 2 Tbsp milk (or whipping cream, add as needed.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Line cupcake pan with liners
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Add in the eggs and mix well until combined Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spice blend and salt Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk combined with the vanilla alternately in three parts Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full Bake at 350 degrees for about 16-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean Cool and frost Maple Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting Put butter in bowl and mix until whipped Mix in powdered sugar and beat for about a minute Scrape down the sides and add the brown sugar and maple syrup
Add in milk or whipping cream to get desired consistency.
Mix for another 2-3 minutes or until frosting is fluffy
Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish with chopped nuts such as hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts
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Originally posted Oct. 9, 2009
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