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Is it spring where you are?

It’s Thursday. So it’s my second favourite topic to discuss. {Which reminds me I need to email Relly about her Christening Cupcakes. Cute!}

It’s gone suddenly cold, the leaves have gone from green to the ground and I am craving warmth. I’m getting odd looks for wearing my hoodie when walking between buildings and I’m typing wrapped up in Icelandic wool. This must mean it is autumn. Which also means it is time for spiced baking.

I wanted to bake the apples for this myself but last night we had a professional development evening at work (after-school training with a more polished name!) and ya know…those are the times when even someone who tries to avoid canned foods remembers that they do serve a very important purpose. So these are the no-mess shortcut. But they do have more preservatives than cooking them yourself. Not that much though.

Apple Spice Cupcakes Long Winter Cupcakes

250g unsalted butter
400g sugar
5 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup milk
170g self-raising flour
170g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tin apple pie filling (or 350-400g stewed apples)

Heat the oven to 160C. Place liners in cupcake pan and set aside.
In mixing bowl, beat softened butter until smooth, then add sugar and beat until fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time and mix until well distributed.
Stir in the self-raising flour until consistent.
Add the milk and vanilla and mix again.
Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until even.
Fold in the apple pie filling. If your filling is too solid and the batter seems excessively thick, add milk or apple juice to thin slightly.
Fill cake cases 3/4 full and bake for 18-20 minutes, until a chopstick comes out clean.
Makes about 32 average sized cupcakes.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

500g cream cheese
175g unsalted butter
150g light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon, plus extra for sprinkling

Soften the cream cheese and butter in a bowl and mix with a spatula or mixer until there are no lumps.
Add remaining ingredients and mix until even in colour and texture.
Chill overnight in the fridge to thicken and improve the texture of the sugar (brown sugar is crunchy until it sets).
Pipe or spread over cupcakes.
Sprinkle with cinnamon to garnish.

And although I don’t normally reveal my little lyric subject lines, I will point you toward this one because it’s so bloody brilliant. I never tire of this song (it’s the fourth one on their player…cinnamon, aptly). I think I will call these my Long Winter cupcakes from now on. They are playing Europe with Keane and…well…this may actually be something that would make me go to a Keane gig. Scary.


05 October 2006

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14 Comments for Is it spring where you are?

  1. Ariel Says:

    that’s quite a lovely looking cupcake! it’s chilly over here too. starts looking for the above mentioned spices :) haven’t forgotten about ‘the long winters’ either!

  2. Lisa Cohen Says:

    Oh this little cupcake looks heavenly. I absolutely love cinnamon so I will definitly be making these little babies soon. I made some cupcakes earlier this week… a perfect golden yellow cake with caramel icing and it was delicious! I haven’t posted it on my blog yet but will soon. It’s on my to do list. I tried to pipe out the icing but it was incredibly thick. So then I tried to thin it with some milk and it was still waaay too thick so I had to just spread it on. Not as pretty, but just as tasty. :-)

  3. Julie Says:

    The cake looks delicious, will have to go shopping tomorrow for the ingredients. I love your site by the way. If this message turns up twice it’s because I posted it once but it disappeared!

  4. jenn Says:

    Oh that sounds soooooo yummo!!!!

  5. Daphne Says:

    Hi, I realize we don’t know each other, but my love of cupcakes indirectly led me here. I too love spiced baking, and make an almost identical version (right down to the cinnamon cream cheese frosting… so sweet and so yummy, only difference is that mine is pumpkin. Also very tastey, I shall share if you want to try something new. Have a nice day.

  6. Kelly L Says:

    you are sooo bad for my diet lol cant wait to test these on my family, infact off to the shops I go hehehe, keep em coming!

  7. Liesbeth Says:

    great recipe, very Long Winters, cinnamon AND unsalted butter. If have the time, I will bake these for the guys when they come over to Europe at the end of the month.

  8. Tim Says:

    Yes it is spring here in New Zealand, having said that it is never the wrong time of he year for apple and cinnamon. I probably cannot eat a whole batch by myself – so will have a go at reducing the recipe!

  9. rebecca Says:

    By vanilla you mean vanilla essence right?

  10. Naomi Says:

    Hi. I have just baked these to take to work with me tomorrow (I’m now addicted to baking for work). I used some cooking apple given to me by a work collegue and just made an eve’s pudding with some left over apple and cupcake mix. My icing isn’t as neat as yours. I think I need practice.

  11. agen bola Says:

    the remaining dry ingredients and mix until even

  12. dewa poker Says:

    although I don’t normally reveal my little lyric subject lines

  13. agen sbobet Says:

    I wanted to bake the apples for this myself but last night

  14. Cipto Junaedy Says:

    remembers that they do serve a very important

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