Maple Syrup Cupcakes

Pancakes have always been a BIG favorite in this house.  For me it all started when I was very small and would request them as my birthday breakfast.  When I was old enough to make them myself I did…all the time.  Now that love has been passed on (or more likely it was already in them) to our kids.  Only I’m pretty sure they love the maple syrup more than the pancake itself!! In Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, she has a great recipe for maple cupcakes with maple buttercream frosting.  The cupcake tastes like breakfast only in a sweet little cake.  The frosting is buttery and sweet oozing with maple flavor.  They are favorites in our house and today was the perfect day to make them as I was stuck home all day waiting (and waiting) for the water company to come change our meter (and after all that waiting they could not do the job because our pipes are too old! So by the end of it I was glad I had a cupcake to fall back on).  We made ours in mini muffin pans but they work equally well in regular cupcake size.

Ingredients for the cakes:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups of Grade B maple syrup

3 large eggs, room temperature

1 cup of milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350f. We used mini cupcake tins and lined them with paper wrappers.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  With a mixer, cream the butter until smooth.  Add the maple syrup, and beat until combined.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat until each is mixed in.  Add the flour mixture.  Beat. Add the milk and vanilla until just combined.  Spoon the mixture into your muffin tins 3/4 of the way full.  This is the MAGIC TIP.  3/4 of the way full…..must, must, must remember this from now on!! They came out just right. We cooked ours for about 15 minutes but if you use regular size cupcake tins you will need at least 20.  We cooled the little cakes completely and then frosted with a maple butter cream frosting.  We made a butter cream and then added some warm maple syrup and continued beating until it was light and fluffy.  It was then piped onto the mini cupcakes and topped with these adorable little chocolate dots we found at HomeGoods.  Really…you can find little baking treasures there- even small batch great stuff that for some reason has ended up on the shelves of a megastore of sorts.  These were really sweet and the perfect size!

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