‘Tis the season and one that I adore–apples, apples and more apples. They are everywhere and seem to be multiplying quickly. The crisp, sweet taste of a red jewel or the sensation of cider on the tip of your tongue produces life long memories.
It was fun to reminiscence about days gone by and share the recipe for Stephenson’s Apple Fritters on the Kansas City Chowtown Blog. Be sure and check out my new favorite spot for delicious cider and cinnamon sugar apple donuts on the Kansas City Chowtown Blog. Once you have cider and apple butter in your stash, I hope you will consider making these Apple Cider Cupcakes. We shared these on our blog before, but they definitely have earned a repeat performance. We have served these sweet morsels at many a public event with rave reviews.
Hurry, before old man winter curls his snarly fingers around us. Make hay, I mean make cupcakes and enjoy these beautiful fall days.
Apple Butter Filled Apple Cider Cupcakes
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup apple cider
4 tablespoons apple butter
Apple Cider Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider
1 tablespoon apple butter.
In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and blend well.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves. Add flour in 3 additions and cider in two additions, beginning and ending with flour. Beat well after each addition.
Place paper liners in Babycakes Cupcake Maker. Fill each well with about 1 1/2 tablespoons batter. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool.
Using a serrated knife, cut a small circle out of each cupcake and fill with approximately 1/2 teaspoon apple butter. Frost with Apple Cider Frosting.
To prepare Apple Cider Frosting: In a large bowl, combine butter and confectioners’ sugar, using an electric mixer on medium speed. Add apple cider and apple butter and beat until smooth consistency.
Makes about 24 Babycakes Cupcake Maker bite-size cupcakes
Oven Tip: If you don’t own a Babycakes cupcake maker, these can be made in a standard cupcake tin. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Place paper liners in cupcake pans and fill 2/3 full with batter. Bake cupcakes for about 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. This will make approximately 10 regular size cupcakes.