Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I just finished watching the semi-final of this year’s Great British Bake Off. In case you’re wondering, I’m team Sophie. I absolutely love watching this show, especially since they have the refrigerator of my dreams on set. Every week I’m astonished by how the producers can manage to make baking seem so extremely tense and suspenseful. It just makes me realize there’s no way I ever would or could put myself through that.

I love to bake, but I also love to keep it simple and need to keep it cheap. Most importantly, I need to keep it delicious. I think that’s one thing about Bake Off that makes it superior to other cooking competition shows like Cake Wars and such. They really focus on flavor, so even if your bake doesn’t look completely perfect, you still get credit for how it tastes, and sometimes, great flavors even win out over beautiful spectacle.

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

All I’ve got for you are some humble Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting, and while they might not win any beauty contests, I assure you, the flavor is on point. Tons of spice comes through, heavy on the ginger and almost hot. And the cake itself is so tender. Then the maple frosting on top is sweet and deep and dreamy.

You could pipe your frosting to make them extra fancy, but I went with a scoop and swirl action, then added a hint of gold sprinkles for a bit of whimsy. It’s not a show stopper, but it’s absolutely awesome.

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting are going to make all your Fall flavor dreams come true. 

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting
Yields 15
Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting are full of gorgeous flavor and perfectly sweet.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
For the cupcakes
  1. 2 cups cake flour
  2. 3/4 cup white sugar
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  8. 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  9. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  11. 3/4 cup buttermilk
  12. 2 eggs
For the frosting
  1. 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  2. 250 grams (2-1/2 cups) powdered sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and add 15 papers to your cupcake pan. You may yield a couple more or less. Be flexible.
  2. Add all dry ingredients, everything from flour to salt, into your mixing bowl and mix on low speed to incorporate all ingredients.
  3. Add butter and buttermilk and mix on medium until thick and incorporated.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated.
  5. Scoop batter into cupcake pans, filling half full. This batter will rise quite a bit so don't overfill.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Beat butter and powdered sugar together until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Dollop onto the nearest cupcake and dance with joy.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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French Toast Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

French Toast Muffins

French Toast Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’ve had the most lovely weekend, and it’s not even over yet. A long weekend is such a precious and beautiful thing. I’m always torn between wanting to go a mile a minute and accomplish things and wanting to chill out and do absolutely nothing. With an extra day or two, I can do both. I can let myself relax without feeling guilty. It’s fantastic.

I can even make something special for breakfast, like warm homemade muffins.

French Toast Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

French Toast Muffins are tender, dense, and just slightly sweet. There’s a hint of cinnamon to make them extra awesome. They’re perfect for eating on the way to work or after a long day with a cup of tea.

They come together in about 20 minutes, and if you bake regularly, you probably already have all the ingredients on hand. The only ingredient you might not have is buttermilk, but did you know you can substitute regular milk by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a cup of milk? So easy. So tasty.

French Toast Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Relax. Take it easy. Eat French Toast Muffins.

French Toast Muffins
Serves 12
French Toast Muffins, with a hint of cinnamon and maple, are perfect for a lazy morning or a portable treat.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  10. Maple syrup and powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C), and put your favorite papers into 12 muffin cups.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl or a large measuring cup, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently fold them together with a rubber spatula until just combined. A few lumps are not the end of the world.
  5. Scoop the batter into your muffin papers, filling each one about half way. These muffins rise beautifully, so don't overfill.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Once your muffins are out of the oven, drizzle a little bit of maple syrup over each muffin so that it can soak in. Allow to cool enough that they won't burn you to death, about 15 minutes or so. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Adapted from Dinners, Dishes & Desserts
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Snickerdoodle Cupcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Snickerdoodles remind me of my mom. I’ve previously mentioned her epic holiday baking. Every surface of our house would be covered in cooling cookies. There would be boxes upon boxes of fudge stored away in the spare bedroom. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but buttery, cinnamon-covered snickerdoodles were definitely high on the list. It’s the perfect Fall treat.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I made these Snickerdoodle Cupcakes for my sister-in-law right after we arrived here. Cupcakes aren’t nearly as ubiquitous in the UK as they are in the US, at least not the king with piles of buttercream. Frankly, I think the piles of buttercream are the whole point.

These cupcakes start out with a tender cinnamon cake and are topped off with completely appropriate piles of cinnamon cream cheese frosting. They also get sprinkled with cinnamon sugar for a bit of sparkle and a subtle crunch. Are they as good as my mom’s cookies? Is anything ever as good as mom’s cookies? I don’t know. These cupcakes are, without a doubt, awesome.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Certain scents and flavors can connect you with some of the most wonderful moments in your life. Snickerdoodles take me to my happy place. Snickerdoodle cupcakes are every kind of awesome!

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
Yields 12
Snickerdoodle Cupcakes are loaded with cinnamon awesomeness and piled high with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the cupcakes
  1. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  5. 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  6. 3/4 cup plus two tablespoons sugar
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 5 ounces milk
For the frosting
  1. 4 ounces butter, room temperature
  2. 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  3. 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar for garnish
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and line your cupcake pan with 12 papers.
  2. Sift flours, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon into a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about five minutes.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Scrape down your bowl and beat until everything is well combined.
  5. With your mixer on its lowest setting, mix in the flour in three batches with half the milk in between each batch. It's gonna go flour, milk, flour, milk, flour. Mix until just combined.
  6. Divide your batter among your 12 waiting cupcake papers. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese until blended. Beat in the powdered sugar. Add it about a half cup at a time if you don't want to clean powdered sugar off every surface of your kitchen. Mix in the vanilla and cinnamon and beat until it's light and fluffy.
  2. Spread or pipe your frosting onto your cupcakes. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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