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Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

I had to test out some of Ming’s cupcake recipes after coming across the blog Ming Makes Cupcakes.  The decision of which cupcake to try first was a difficult one because all of her cupcakes look absolutely scrumptious! I decided to first try the Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting because I am a sucker for breakfast and it was a great excuse to try making almond meal.

Ming, thank you for  creating and sharing this little piece of heaven.  These are one of the best cupcakes I have ever eaten-  they just melt in your mouth!

Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

Vanilla Almond Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk

Cupcake Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix together 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup almond meal, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt. Gradually beat in 1 stick of butter.  Add 1 cup sugar and  mix throughly.  Add 2 eggs one at a time, beating between each egg.  Stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 cup milk until just mixed.  Place liners into cupcake pan and pour in batter to a little above half way.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick into the cupcake and it comes out almost clean.

Maple Frosting Ingredients

  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Frosting Directions
Beat 4 oz. cream cheese and 1/2 stick of butter together.  Add in 1/4 cup maple syrup. Gradually add 2 cups confectioners sugar and whip until frosting is creamy smooth.  spread frosting over cupcakes and sprinkle with leftover almond meal.

 

Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

I made my own almond meal by grinding up a cup of almonds in a food processor.  Only ground the almonds for a couple minutes or they will turn into almond flour.  Extra almond meal? I used the left over almond meal in my oatmeal and greek yogurt the rest of the week.

Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

Mix together flour, almond meal, baking powder and salt.

Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

Gradually beat in room temperature butter and then add sugar and  mix throughly.
Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

Add eggs one at a time, beating between each egg.  Stir in vanilla and milk until just mixed.  Taste batter with CAUTION! This is the creamiest, smoothest most spectacular batter I have ever tasted.
Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

Place liners into cupcake pan and pour in batter to a little above half way.Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick into the cupcake and it comes out almost clean.

Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

Beat cream cheese and butter together.  Add the syrup!  I wish I could say I used some amazing maple syrup.  I didn’t, I used Hungry Jack.  The bottle doesn’t even say the word maple on it.

Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

Gradually add the confectioners sugar and whip until frosting is creamy smooth.
Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

I used a spatula in a circular motion to apply the icing.  Simple.

Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Frosting | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

Sprinkle the cupcakes with the leftover almond meal and take a huge bite!

This article has 4 comments

  1. Maggie

    Literally, the best cupcakes I have EVER tasted. Make them. Now.

  2. Jen

    can you make mini cupcakes using this batter? if so, how would suggest adjusting the baking temperature and time?

    • Gina Mueller

      I have not, but I would assume you can. Just fill up the mini muffin pan as you would a regular muffin pan (filling each cup somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 full) and pop the tray in the oven. I would try cooking the muffins for 10-15 minutes or so to reach donenss. Check your minis at 10 minutes with a toothpick and bake longer as needed.

  3. Annie

    Hi, I just wanted to stop by and say these cupcakes are awesome! I have never baked in my life but I followed your recipe to the letter and the cupcakes are delicious! Thank you.

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