Monday, April 6, 2009

Honey-Do Cupcakes

First off, let me just say "Yum!" My honey isn't a huge fan of sweets--but he does like a nice sweet occasionally with his coffee. This one hits the spot for him because it is more like a coffee cake than a cupcake. But a cupcake it is. Ü And this is what I make for him when I really need stuff done on my honey-do list!

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples (2 medium)
  • 1 orange
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, cooled
  • Orange Marmalade Frosting
  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place paper baking cups in 24-30 muffin cups.

  2. Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Peel, core, slice, and chop apples. Zest orange to measure 2 tsp zest. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with an electric or stand mixer on medium speed to blend. Add sugar, honey, oil, and coffee; beat until smooth. Add flour mixture, beat until just combined. Fold in apples and zest. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 18-22 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Frost.
*This would be yummy with a variety of different frostings, including Magnolia's Buttercream Frosting, Cream Cheese Frosting, Black Walnut Frosting, Brown Butter Frosting, or even Caramel Frosting.