Sunday, March 27, 2011

Apple Streusel Cupcakes with Maple Glaze

My brother-in-law Nick turned 30 this past weekend. We had a fun time with friends at dinner and laser tag,  concluding the evening with these delicious cupcakes.

I know these aren't typical cupcakes for a birthday party, but my brother-in-law, being from the Netherlands, has a more refined palette when it comes to desserts. While he enjoys birthday cake with sprinkles and butter cream frosting, he really loves desserts like tiramisu and Dutch apple cream cake (I'm still unsure of what that is). For such a memorable birthday, my sister-in-law and I baked these cupcakes up and they were a huge hit with the birthday guy and all of our friends. This recipe is extremely simple, but delicious, making it the perfect go-to cupcake recipe for any occasion.

Apple Streusel Cupcakes with Maple Glaze
Makes about 2 dozen cupcakes

• 1 box of Duncan Hines cake mix- french vanilla flavor
• 1 1/3 cups water
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil
• 3 eggs
• 21 ounce can apple pie filling
• 5 tablespoons butter
• 1/3 cup light brown sugar
• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1/3 cup oats
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon heavy cream, if needed
• 1 cup confectioners sugar

Apple Streusel cupakes baked in Tulip Cups.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Prepare cake mix as directed by beating the eggs, oil, and water, and mixing with the cake mix.
2. Cut the apple slices in the apple pie willing into small 1/2 inch chunks.
3. Stir all of the apple pie filling into the cake batter.
4. Fill 24 cupcake liners with cupcake batter.
5. Make the streusel topping by combining 3 tablespoons of the butter with the brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and flour. Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is lumpy.
6. Sprinkle the streusel topping over each cupcake by the spoonful.
7. Bake cupcakes 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted removes cleanly.
6. Make the maple glaze by melting 2 tablespoons of butter with the maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the confectioners sugar until smooth. If glaze becomes too thick thin it out with the heavy cream. Drizzle the glaze over the cupcakes immediately.

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