I know that my posts have been few and far between this summer. Between work and my lazy summer schedule, I lagged quite a bit this summer. That, and the fact that grocery trips with Ty have been few and far between this summer, thanks to us being broke college students. But I did thoroughly enjoy sitting in my pj’s until 1 o’clock and not being held responsible for anything. As I creep into my 20s, I feel like this might be one of the last free summers I’ll have. But now I’m ready to start classes next Wednesday, and it will be a nice to get back on a regular schedule.
|Look at that delectably gooey frosting!|
|That pellet-looking thing on top of the brown sugar is a piece of butter that didn’t totally melt.|
Then I beat in the eggs one at a time until they were just combined…
…and poured in the vanilla, beating it on a high speed for 1 minute.
At this point, I whisked all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl. I apologize for my spaciness and therefore lack of a dry ingredients picture. I alternated adding in the dry ingredients and buttermilk, each in two parts.
Next, I added the chopped apples…
…and spooned out big globs of frosting into muffin tins. I ended up with 14 cupcakes, but the recipe said that I would only get 12. I put them into the 350 degree oven for 20-22 minutes.
While the cupcakes were in the oven, I started on the frosting. I combined brown sugar and water in a double boiler and stirred them together until the sugar dissolved.
Then I added cream of tartar, powdered egg whites and a pinch of salt. I whisked everything together…
The recipe said to beat the frosting on a high speed with an electric mixer, but I had already used mine for the cake. I decided to give it a shot at mixing it with my hands. I would say it turned out pretty well. It may not have been as whipped as it would have been had I had a clean mixer, but the frosting had a great gooey texture!
I let the frosting cool for a minute and then I stirred in vanilla and cinnamon.
When the cupcakes were ready to be frosted, the frosting was way too gooey to try and use a knife to spread it, so I got crafty. I picked up the cupcakes by their bottoms, and then dipped the tops into the frosting, making sure that I got a big glob of frosting on top to drip seductively over the cupcake.
These cupcakes were a smashing hit! I put them on this pretty plate and offered the cupcakes around to my nerdy crew like I was Betty Crocker herself. I could not believe how well these cupcakes turned out! Everyone went back for at least a second cupcake, if not a third for some. I was only left with one the next morning. Everyone kept commenting on how these cupcakes made them want Fall. The cakes were moist and sweet, although I wished for a little more cinnamon in them. The frosting was exactly what it said it would be, it was exactly like a cinnamon marshmallow. It was such a fun texture to have on top of a fruit-filled cupcake! I may have gotten ahead of myself for the coming season, but if I keep making food like his, it will feel like Fall anyway! The weather will do what it wants…
I found this great recipe on Delish.com. I took out the dried apples, used melted butter in place of oil, and used all-purpose flour in stead of whole-wheat pastry flour.