First I would like to announce the winner of the To Romance, With Love cookbook package is Susan who said:
My husband and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary this year. We met in college only weeks before I was diagnosed with cancer. He actually took care of me through surgeries, radiation, and chemo. To think we were only 19 at the time!
I can't express how much I love him. It was love at first sight. When I saw him from across a crowded dance floor, I thought "that is the man I'm going to marry."
We are very much in love, and tell one another several times a day. I practically count the minutes until he comes home from work. I just can't wait to be with him again.
I cook nearly every night. I have a cookbook collection so I can find new recipes for us to enjoy.
I'm actually not much of a dessert maker, but I do have this exceptional romantic cake recipe called The Surprise Cake. Let's just say that the frosting is made out of freshly whipped cream, and there is a secret to keeping the cream from sliding off of the cake. I think I have said enough. Let's just say, it's one romantic cake.
Instead of making the cake, I made cupcakes. This cake was dense, almost like a cross between a biscuit and a muffin. I added and extra 1/2 cup of apple cider to the 1 cup the recipe called for. I also did not let the cupcakes bake for the full recommended 45 minutes. I took them out after about 35 minutes as I was afraid they might get too dry. They were perfect. The recipe made 12 cupcakes.
They are not sweet like regular cupcakes but the frosting was extra sweet so the two flavors balanced each other nicely.
Last month I attended the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. In between oohing and ahhing over the llamas and alpacas and umpteen varieties of sheep I hit the food stalls.
I begged a taste. It was amazing. Then I saw this jar of maple cream on the table.
The vendor said it was just pure maple syrup whipped at a very high speed. One taste of that and I was sold. I loved the consistency and knew it was destined for a baked good. It made the perfect ingredient for the frosting for these cupcakes.
Maple Butter Frosting
- 1 Stick butter - softened
- 16 oz Maple Cream
- 3 cups confectionary sugar
- 3T heavy cream
- Cream butter and maple cream together.
- Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, alternating with 1 tablespoon of cream after each cup.
- Mix until well blended.
- Load frosting into pastry bag and swirl away! If desired, sprinkle cinnamon over tops of cupcakes.
Wishing you all a WONDERFUL