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8.23.2013

Applesauce Cupcakes with Maple Brown Sugar Cloud Frosting



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 
Ingredients:

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
1 egg

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 

Directions:

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.  


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28 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to make these. I maybe the only one in my home that will eat them but that is okay. Okay, well maybe 2 out the 3 kids may like them, so I guess I will have to share. LOL. Thank you and Happy Birthday.

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  2. Happy birthday! That cloud frosting is calling my name. I just want to swipe my finger through it.

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  3. These are gorgeous!! I want them for my birthday!!! happy BIRTHDAY to you, friend!! :)

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  4. Happy birthday! And I swear you've been in my head because I've been dreaming up apple cupcakes! Love these!

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  5. Happy birthday, dear Carrie! These cupcakes are incredible, especially that gorgeous, glossy, smooth, sky-high frosting! I suck at making frosting so I'm definitely going to try this the next time I make cake. I hope you have an amazing weekend and that you get spoiled 'n pampered by your beautiful family.

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  6. Happy Birthday! I want these for my birthday! They look so good!

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  7. Happy Happy Birthday! These cupcakes sound like fall in cake form.

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  8. Happy birthday!! These look soooo wonderful!

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  9. Happy Birthday! I love that frosting, OMG!

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  10. These look so amazing!! A perfect birthday treat! Happy Birthday :)

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  11. Oh my goodness, I'm making these for my own birthday!

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  12. Happy Birthday! Love these cupcakes, especially the frosting! :)

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  13. A perfect Birthday celebration treat!! They are seriously the cutest ever!!

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  14. These are the ultimate birthday treat and so perfect for fall! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Happy belated birthday Carrie! These cupcakes look incredible and that cloud frosting! Oh my!!!! Pipe some in my mouth!

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  16. Happy belated Birthday! This recipe makes me so happy. It gives me hope that fall is right around the corner. And all the lovely weather, warm comforting flavors and Charlie Brown specials that go with it. These are stunning.

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  17. Oh my! These cupcakes look heavenly :) the frosting is just so perfect!

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  18. Your frosting look absolutely gorgeous, and I'm sure that these cupcakes are super tasty.I've featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don't mind, but if you do, please contact me and I'll remove it. All the best.

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  19. Happy Birthday Carrie! And hello YUM ...

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  20. I am not a big fan of apple, but these cupcakes are simply gorgeous. And your photography and styling are perfect! Which I know sometimes can take longer than the recipe :)

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  21. These are so pretty and that frosting sounds amazing! I don't have a Fall birthday but these look fantastic for ANY time of year!

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  22. Would this frosting hold up and be safe to use on cupcakes to be sold on a market stall? We are in Australia.

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  23. Can you ice a stacked round 8" cake smooth with this icing?

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  24. Can you use this icing to smooth ice an 8" round stacked cake?

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  25. Happy birthday! Frosting like that made with sugar and corn syrup is my favorite of all time. I seriously am dying to try it with maple and brown sugar!

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