It's my birthday! And I made you cake.....
These applesauce cupcakes are simple to whip up, require only one bowl and are the perfect fall cake. For the frosting I adapted my friend Melissa's White Cloud Icing. The White Cloud Icing is made out of eggs whites, sugar and corn syrup. On a whim yesterday I wanted to see what would happen if I switched out the corn syrup for maple and the granulated sugar for brown sugar. I have to admit I was really skeptical and did not think it would work.
It worked just as easy as the White Cloud! It's prefect, pipes wonderfully, light, fluffy, has a glossy outer coat, doesn't melt, and tastes fantastic. It's ruined all other frosting for me. I am not sure I can make buttercream anymore... this stuff is the shit.
Applesauce Cupcakes with Maple Brown Sugar Cloud Frosting
Frosting recipe adapted from Bless This Mess: White Cloud Icing
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
For the frosting:
2 egg whites at room temperature
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup maple syrup
In a medium mixing bowl cream butter and 1 cup of brown sugar together until light and fluffy, mix in your egg. 1/4 cup maple syrup and applesauce. Mix until combined.
Fold in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Once it is Incorporated distribute between 10-12 cupcakes liners.
Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
For the frosting:
In the bowl of your electric mixer, whip egg whites and salt on high speed until foamy, add your brown sugar and vanilla. Return mixer to high, and whip until soft peaks have formed.
Bring your maple syrup to a low boil, and then slowly pour into your egg whites while the mixer is still on high. Continue to whip on high speed until it is glossy and stiff peaks have formed. About 5 minutes.
Pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Do not refrigerate, store at room temp.
To decorate the cupcakes I used half an apple chip. To find the recipe check them out HERE.