5.27.2010

#76) Cinnamon Cupcakes


Have you missed me? Well, that's not important - what is important is that I have missed you! But I am here with cupcakes in hand hoping you will forgive my long absence, yet again...

Here's the deal, fiance and I are getting married in just 65 days!!! (Yes I am nervous, but everything is falling into place nicely) So to get in shape and shed a few pounds I have hired a trainer and joined a Booty Boot Camp. Let me tell you, this trainer knows her stuff and she makes sure I work hard. But you know what that means, less time to be in the kitchen and super bad guilty conscious for eating all the sweet treats I love so much!

Buuuuuuuuuuuuutttttttt - last weekend was the May Long Weekend and I decided it was about time I got back in the kitchen and started playing with some ideas and ingredients.... the guilty conscious went on vacation :)

I started out wanting cinnamon buns, but I have a strange fear of yeast and am quite nervous about using it... I know, this makes no sense and cinnamon buns would be worth it, right? Yeah, I couldn't do it... So I done the next best thing - cupcakes!!! But sticking with the cinnamon bun craving I slapped some cinnamon sugar in the middle and topped them all with a highly addictive lemon cream cheese frosting. You have to try them!!!!!!!!!

Cinnamon Filling

Ingredients

1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cocoa powder

Steps

- Mix together in small bowl.

Cupcake Batter

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups cake flour (for those of you with AP flour - measure out all your flour, remove 7 tbsp, replace with 7 tbsp cornstarch - def worth the extra effort!)
2 cups sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup (soy) milk
4 eggs
2 egg whites
2 tsp vanilla

Steps

- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line muffin cups with paper liners.

- Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into large, deep bowl.

- Add the butter and 1/2 cup of the milk. Mix on medium speed until smooth.

- In a separate bowl, blend the eggs, egg whites, the remaining 1/2 cup milk and the vanilla. Add to the batter in 3 additions, mixing for 2 minutes on medium speed after each addition. Scrape down the bowl between additions.

Assembly

- Place 1 1/2 tsp cake batter into the muffin liners.

- Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of filling into the muffin cups.

- Cover with more batter, filling cups about 2/3 full. Use a toothpick to swirl the cinnamon centre.

- Bake at 350°F for 18-20.

- Cool completely.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

1 8-oz block (light) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
Grated rind of one lemon
1/2 cups icing sugar (this will change depending on moisture content of cream cheese, amount of juice in lemon, etc. - you want a smooth, fluffy consistency, but not pipeable frosting)

Steps

- Beat together all ingredients except icing sugar until combined.

- Add icing sugar 1/2 cup at a time until proper consistency is achieved.


17 comments:

  1. oh my God these look so good!! I feel the same way about using yeast...why...don't know....but these look yummy!!!

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  2. thanks anonymous! it's a weird aversion, but i cant seem to overcome it lol... maybe someday :)

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  3. Lovely! I can imagine that these would be real crowd-pleasers... Who doesn't love cinnamon? :)

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  4. congrats on getting married! the cinnamon cupcakes look divine! :O:

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  5. Ooooh - those look fabulous! I love the idea of combining a cinnamon roll and a cupcake!

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  6. Your cupcakes sure looks delicious. I like that you post a pic of how it looks inside. :) I'm bookmarking this to try it out later.

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  7. hannah - all my crowd thought they were good... cinnamon is such an easy way to go to make everyone happy :)

    gigi - thanks a lot!

    cookiepie - it was a good combo that i will be repeating over and over :D

    cooking ninja - thanks so much! be sure to pop back and let me know how they turned out for u :)

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  8. I love cinnamon anything so I would do some serious damage if I had these in front of me.

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  9. eliana - if u like cinnamon that much u really should give these a try... and the lemon cream cheese frosting, well, it's the icing on top :)

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  10. These look so yummy!!!I will totally make them. Thanks for posting.

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  11. wow what an interesting combo of flavors - nice!

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  12. These are the best cupcakes ive ever tasted!!! <33 :D

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  13. thank you val! let me know how they come out :)

    i love combining good flavours jaime... and most times it works out well lol

    thanks anonymous! so glad you liked them :)

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  14. First off those look incredible! If you're working out with your trainer then surely you're entitled to a treat.Right?

    I'm totally going to give these a try!

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  15. thanks val! i enjoyed the treat for sure :)

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  16. ugh! I love cinnamon, these sond amazing!

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  17. thanks for dropping by lavienouveau

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