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Apple Streusel Cinnamon Cupcakes


I had some apples left from a pie that I made the other day and they needed to be used up. When I was thinking about what to make for breakfast thismorning the apples came to mind. I had a recipe for a cinnamon swirl cupcake that sounded pretty good so I decided to incorperate the apple just to use it up. I’m glad that I did because these turned out pretty good and really moist. My family loved them.


1/2 cup white granulated sugar mixed with 2 tsp ground cinnamon


1 cup grated peeled apple (from one large apple)

2 tbsp cinnamon sugar (from the topping mixture)

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 large eggs

1 cup canola oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Mix the grated apple and two tablespoons of cinnamon sugar and set aside. In a large bowl stir together the flour sugar, soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add in the eggs, oil, and vanilla, stirring until ingredients are evenly blended. Mix in the apple mixture and any juice that may have been released from the apple.

Spoon the mixture into a muffin tin with cupcake liners. With a pastry brush, dab the tops of the cupcakes with butter. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar topping over the cupcakes.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

This recipes makes about 12 cupcakes and the cupcakes can be stored covered at room temperature for up to three days.


1 comment February 17, 2007

Happy Valentines Day

Ok so Valentine’s Day is wayyyy overrated. I seriously considered whipping out some drab recibe with dark colors and possibly adding a little leftover Halloween decorations just to show how much I hate this holiday. Then I got some Valentines Day presents and my mood turned around. (so what if they were from my mother and not Prince Charming, we don’t have to dwell on that. a present is a present.) So what did I get? Roses. Typical I know but there was also a card. In the card my mother promised to get me something that I’ve wanted for quite a while now: a bunny rabbit!! They’re so cute and fluffy.

 Anyway, all of this happiness that revolved around the bunny got me into the Valentine’s mood a little bit and I decided to make some cupcakes. This week I’ve got a catering job on an island that’s aobut 15 minutes away from home by boat. Because of the island theme I’ve got going on I decided to do something tropical. Tropical mixed with pink especially for this little Hallmark holdiay we’ve got going on today.

Here they are:

I haven’t tried one yet but they smell pretty darn good. I’m not even close to pleased with my terrible frosting job though. I need to take a cake decorating class. Just something I’ll have to look into for the future.

Anyway, here’s the recipe:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 large egg + 1 additional egg yolk

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup sour cream

3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup mashed banana (about one large banana)

1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl beat the whole egg, additional egg yolk, and sugar for about 2 minutes on medium speed with an electric mixer. On low speed, mix in the flower mixture until well blended. Add the cinnamon, mashed banana, pineapple, and pecans and blend them together on low speed until fully combined. Line a 12 cupcake or muffin tin with cupcake liners and fill each with about a 1/3 cup of batter (the recipe said I would get 12, but I came out with 13).  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and frost with the following recipe.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups powdered sugar

Food coloring of choice

Beat together the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth, about one minute. Add powdered sugar and peat about one minute to combine. Add the food coloring and beat another minute to lighten the frosting so that it is fluffy. Frost the cupcakes with a pastry bag or spatula.

Makes 12-13 cupcakes.

1 comment February 14, 2007

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