July 2, 2011

Oh Canada! Cupcakes

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For Canada Day I wanted to make some cupcakes. Nothing says Canada like maple syrup, so I hit the internet searching for a maple syrup cupcake recipe. Martha Stewart had a recipe using 2 cups pure maple syrup. I thought that was just nuts so I kept looking. I found this recipe for Maple Cupcakes which I adapted to make these ones pictured.

Here's my take.

Whisk these dry ingredients together:
1/2 cup cake flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Set aside.

Mix together:
1/3 cup Greek style yogurt (thinned with milk to buttermilk consistency- think lumpy milk)
1/3 cup maple syrup (I used the table syrup with 15% real maple syrup. I cheat.)
Set this aside, as well.

Cream together in standing mixer:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar


Then add to creamed mixture:
2 eggs, one at a time
1 tsp artificial maple flavour


With mixer on low, alternate adding the flour mixture and maple syrup mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until blended.

Preheat oven to 350F. Put liners in cupcake pan. I used a mini-cupcake pan. Scoop a spoon sized blob of the batter into each. Bake for about 14 minutes. Cool completely. Makes about 34 mini-cupcakes.

Icing:
1/2 cup softened butter, cream first then add-
2 cups icing sugar
1 Tablespoon of water
1/2 tsp artificial maple flavour


Mix until combined well. Pipe onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with maple leaf candies.
I took a bit of one right out of the oven and it reminded me of a pancake. Yum!

I hope you give these a try yourself.


17 comments :

  1. Oh! They are so beautiful! My mother is Canadian, and I'll have to share this with her. Your flag is such a lovely flap, too; well, everything about Canada is great in my opinion. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Happy Canada Day! Those cupcakes look like the perfect way to celebrate! Delicious!

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  3. Happy Canada Day :)

    2 cups of maple syrup?? The thought of that makes my teeth hurt! The recipe you used sounds much more reasonable.

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  4. That sounds delicious! I'll have to give those a try, although some of the ingredients have different names over here in the UK and I'm used to weighing instead of using cups - but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

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  5. Yeah, 2 cups does sound a bit extreme. I like maple syrup, but that would probably cause a sugar high of epic proportions.

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  6. is it a pancake...is it a cupcake...lol
    sounds yummy.

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  7. Hope you had a great Canada Day!!

    Pretty Cupcakes, and 1/3 cup syrup sounds much better than 2 cups. Wonder how those would have tasted?

    Here’s my WC

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  8. These look really festive :)

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  9. Happy Canada Day! Maple is one of my all-time favorite flavors. I keep a small jug of it in my refrigerator always. Must try these soon.

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  10. Happy Canada Day!

    Those cupcakes look fabulous! Bet there aren't many left now!

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  11. Interesting recipe..I love the idea of making a pancake into the shape of a cupcake! I am going to try to health it up a little with whole wheat flour and a little wheat germ and see if my kids will eat them for breakfast.

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  12. Maple cupcakes for Canada Day is a great idea. They look delicious. Hope your day was happy.

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  13. I am STARVING right now, and this is not helping. But they do look magically delicious!

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  14. Oh, those look so good! I agree - 2 cups of pure maple syrup is insane. Sounds kind of disgusting, actually. Less is more with the real thing.

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