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Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting


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During Rosh Hashanah celebrants of the Jewish New Year typically eat lots of sweet foods.  This is to start out a new year on the right track hoping that the year to come will be a sweet one.  A very traditional combination is apples and honey. Dipping apple slices in honey has been a tradition that Cassie has enjoyed as far back as she can remember.  This year when her family decided to have a belated Rosh Hashanah celebration Cassie offered to make dessert.  She wanted something different and delicious, but still with a bit of tradition.  What she found was a recipe for apple cinnamon cupcakes.  The cupcakes called for mead frosting, but instead Cassie decided to experiment with a normal buttercream frosting with the addition of honey to it.  We used a good alfalfa honey because it typically has a stronger flavor than normal clover honey.  It provided a really rich honey flavor to the frosting.  We doubled the cupcake recipe and had enough batter for ~36 cupcakes.

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes
adapted from the blog  Cupcake Project

2 sticks of butter softened
1 c. + 2 T. evaporated cane juice
2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. applesauce (unsweetened)
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1 large apple, cored, peeled and chopped

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

2)  With a mixer cream the butter and sugar on medium.  Add the eggs 1 at a time until incorporated.  Slowly add the flour.

3) Once the flour is incorporated add the applesauce and the cinnamon and mix well.  Stir in the apples.

4) Measure about 1/3 cup of batter into paper lined muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cupcakes cool fully before frosting.   

Honey Buttercream Frosting
adapted from this recipe found on the Food Network website

3 c.  organic confectioners' sugar
1 c. butter softened
1 t. vanilla extract
1-2 T. milk
honey to taste (we probably used close to a 1/4 c. of honey)

1) In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter.  Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

2) Add vanilla and the milk and beat on medium for 1 minute.  Add more milk as necessary for the desired consistency.

3) Slowly start adding honey to the frosting while the mixer is still going.  It will give the frosting a nice honey hue.  Add the honey till you have the desired potency of flavor.  Frost cupcakes and enjoy.


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