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