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Maple Cupcakes Recipe

Updated on August 10, 2013
Tasty maple treat!
Tasty maple treat! | Source

Maple Syrup Production

Maple syrup is a wonderful natural sweetener made from the sap of Maple trees. The three most common types of Maple trees that are best for tapping are the sugar, black and red trees.

Canada is the world's leading producer of maple syrup. In the United States, Vermont produces the highest amount of maple syrup annually. This is followed by Maine and New York. Although these are the top producing states, there are many others harvest and sell large quantities of syrup.

Top Three Maple Syrup Producing States

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Vermont:
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Maine:
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New York:
New York, NY, USA

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Top three leading maple syrup producers in the United States.

Pure maple syrup is thick rich in look and taste.
Pure maple syrup is thick rich in look and taste. | Source

Pure Maple Syrup vs. Maple Flavored Syrup

There is a big difference between pure maple syrup and maple flavored syrup. For maple syrup to be considered pure, it has to be almost 100% syrup. Most syrups that you find in stores are maple flavored and thus containing just a small amount of maple flavoring. One of the biggest signs that will tell you that you have pure maple syrup is the price. Maple syrup is much more expensive that then flavored versions.

Maple Syrup Grading

When you find your bottle of pure maple syrup, you will notice that on the label there is a grade. The grade refers to the strength of the flavor of the syrup. Grade A is a lighter version of maple syrup while Grade B is a dark syrup. Within the Grade A scale, there are also additional degrees. Although Grade A in general is a lighter amber, there is light amber, medium amber, and dark amber. There is no right or wrong choice in grades when selecting your maple syrup, it is more of a personal preference. The darker the color, the stronger the maple flavor. In general, the Grade A dark amber is a great choice for baking.

Maple Buttercream Frosting

A delicious frosting to add to the top of this cupcake is a buttercream frosting. To make this simple but delicious topping, you just need

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter

Mix together all of the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Then generously frost your cupcakes. **If you are using a piping bag with buttercream frosting, work quickly. The heat of your hand will warm the frosting and cause the frosting to begin to melt. If this happens, place the frosting in the fridge for a short time and then continue frosting.

I topped my cupcakes with gold sprinkles, but some other fun toppings could be pecans and even bacon pieces. The bacon pieces would add a nice salty contrast to the sweetness of the maple syrup.



Ingredients for Maple Cupcakes

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of real maple syrup

Instructions for Making Maple Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
  4. Then mix in one egg at a time.
  5. Stir in the buttermilk and maple syrup.
  6. Finally, add the dry ingredients until just combined. Be sure that the ingredients are mixed while being careful not to over stir.
  7. Fill the lined cupcake tin about 2/3 full and bake for about 15-18 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Making and Frosting the Maple Cupcakes

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Combine the dry and wet ingredients first, and then combine them together.Mix thoroughly.  Cupcakes should be slightly golden and cooked through.Carefully frost each cupcake.Enjoy your delicious maple treats!
Combine the dry and wet ingredients first, and then combine them together.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients first, and then combine them together. | Source
Mix thoroughly.
Mix thoroughly. | Source
Cupcakes should be slightly golden and cooked through.
Cupcakes should be slightly golden and cooked through. | Source
Carefully frost each cupcake.
Carefully frost each cupcake. | Source
Enjoy your delicious maple treats!
Enjoy your delicious maple treats! | Source

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    • Blond Logic profile image

      Mary Wickison 

      4 years ago from Brazil

      These sound really good. Alas here in Brazil I haven't even seen artificial maple syrup. I will have to bookmark the recipe for future use.

      I'll be pinning this recipe.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks lanablackmoor. I hope that you enjoy them as much we did!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Leah! I hope that you had a chance to try them and that your cutie pie boys liked them!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      It was soooo good Movie Master. The frosting was a little sweet but really good!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      I soooo agree Rose! Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Mama Kim 8. I hope that you had a chance to make these and that your husband enjoyed them!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Awww, thanks Sinea Pies. I so appreciate your visit and your encouraging comments.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the pin Alissa! I'm glad that first picture really grabbed your attention!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks brackenb, they were!

    • lanablackmoor profile image

      lanablackmoor 

      5 years ago from New England

      Oh wow, I have to try these. I've been looking for some new cupcake recipes for a while after I discovered a red velvet one. These look beautiful and scrumptious!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      The frosting was pretty sweet (actually a little more than I normally prefer) but the cupcake itself wasn't too bad. Thanks for your visit John.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Yes, it's really a big difference both in the flavor of the syrup and in the price. I think that my kids are so spoiled now with the real stuff that they probably wouldn't like the 'fake' kind.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Janine! Your comment made me laugh because I've thought that one of these days I would spend a day making all of the delicious recipes that I have found on HP. One day.... :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      It was really delicious I have to say Phoebe. Thanks so much for your visit.

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      Oh, wow, Cara - these look amazing! I have to try these this fall - a perfect after school snack!

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This recipe sounds delicious - thank you!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      There is nothing like real maple syrup! Great recipe.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      My husband loves maple, I must make these for him! ^_^ thank you for the recipe and all the great information on maple syrup. Voted a bunch!

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      This recipe is amazing. Spectacular photos, too! Voted up and beautiful.

    • alissaroberts profile image

      Alissa Roberts 

      6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Oh my! These cupcakes sound heavenly and that first picture has my mouth watering. Pinning this one right away to my desserts board as I look forward to giving this recipe a try soon. Fantastic job - voted up!

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      brackenb 

      6 years ago

      Sounds delicious. Voted up.

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This sounds great, especially for someone with a sweet tooth like me.

      Great hub - voted up

      John

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      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      Oh me…these look good. Thanks for the info on maple syrup.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      YUM! Looks delicious and just right for a cool fall or winter evening. I didn't realize about the flavor vs the real deal-thanks for the info.

      Glen and I were just talking about maple syrup the other day.

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Cara, I have pinned yet another delicious sounding recipe from you. I need to start trying them soon!!! Thank you seriously and have also voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Phoebe Pike 

      6 years ago

      That recipe sounds awesome!

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