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Gingerbread Cupcakes

Makes 24 regular cupcakes

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Boiling water
1 1/2 sticks Unsalted Butter 
3 cups Molasses 
6 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour 
1 Tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger 
1 1/2 tsp Salt 
1 Tbsp Baking Soda 

Method
Melt the butter in boiling water. Add the molasses to the melted butter and water.

In a large bowl whisk the flour, ginger, salt and baking soda together. 

Fold the liquid into the dry ingredients, mix until barely incorporated. 

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the top is set, turn the oven down to 300 and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean. 

Allow to cool. Top with a Swiss cinnamon flavored Buttercream or Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

A perfect topper for your fall harvest desserts. Try this frosting atop our Pumpkin Spice or Gingerbread cupcakes.

Makes
 approx. 2 qts (enough for at least 24 regular cupcakes)

Ingredients
8, 8 oz Cream Cheese containers or boxes
3 sticks Unsalted Butter, room temp, softened 
1 cup Maple Syrup 
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Powdered Sugar, sifted 

Method
In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or hand held) beat the cream cheese and butter until there are absolutely no lumps, scraping the paddle and the side of the bowl often.

When you are certain there are no lumps, gradually add the maple syrup and vanilla. Add the powdered sugar and mix until you have a smooth frosting. 

It is ideal to let the frosting sit overnight in the refrigerator before using. Can be stored up to a week in the fridge.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Makes 24 regular cupcakes

Ingredients  
3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour 
3 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar 
2 tsp Baking Soda 
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp Salt 
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg 
7 1/2 oz Vegetable Oil 
1 1/2, 15 oz cans Pumpkin puree 
5 Eggs 
5 oz Water 

Method 
In a large bowl whisk the first seven dry ingredients together.

In a medium bowl whisk the oil, pumpkin, eggs and water together.

Add the wet to the dry and fold together, mix until just barely incorporated. 

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the top is set, turn the oven down to 300 and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean.

Allow to cool. Top with a Swiss Maple flavored Buttercream or Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Apple Pecan Cupcakes

Makes 48 mini cupcakes

Ingredients 
6 oz Vegetable oil 
1 1/2 cups Granulated sugar
2 Eggs 
2 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract 
2 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
2 1/3 cups All Purpose Flour 
2 tsp Baking Soda 
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 
1 tsp Salt 
1/2 tsp Nutmeg 
4-5 medium Apples, peeled, cored and cubed
1/2 cup Pecans, chopped 

Method 
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or hand held mixer), beat the oil on low and gradually add the sugar, creaming the two together.

In a small bowl mix the eggs, vanilla and lemon juice together. Slowly add the eggs to the oil and sugar mixture, mix for a few minutes.

In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Fold the flour mixture, apples and pecans into the batter, mix until just barely incorporated. 

Scoop (or pipe) the batter into miniature muffin pans, lined with muffin cups or coated with butter (or spray). Fill 1/2 of the way full.

Bake at 300 for 10-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean.

Allow to cool. Top with a Swiss Brandy flavored buttercream frosting, or simply enjoy plain.

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Swiss Buttercream Frosting

Mmmm, this frosting is the perfect top off to any cake or cupcake – it’s especially great atop our Apple Pecan cupcakes. Enjoy. 

Makesapprox. 2 quarts (enough for at least 24 regular cupcakes)

Ingredients
12 Eggs, use whites only
3 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
4-5 sticks Unsalted Butter, softened
1 Tbsp Flavoring (clear extract or liquor)*  

Method
Over a double broiler heat your egg whites and sugar, whisking constantly until it reaches a temperature of 150 Fahrenheit.

Pour the mixture into a standard mixer and whisk on high until the meringue reaches its peak volume. Turn the speed down to medium/low and whisk until the meringue has cooled.

Switch to a paddle attachment, and with the mixer on low gradually add your softened butter, one small chunk at a time, waiting for it to become fully incorporated before adding more. Watch the buttercream closely, you will notice that at some point it will look as if it is going to separate on you, at this point stop adding butter and let it whip for a while. It should emulsify and come together soon. If it seems to be taking a while add a very small amount of butter and let it whip again.

Once you have a beautiful buttercream add your flavoring (and coloring if desired). For fall inspired flavors try adding a maple or cinnamon extract, or even a brandy liquor.

Storage
This can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months, in the fridge for about a month. Let it sit out at room temperature the night before you want to use the buttercream. 

 

*When adding an extract flavoring it is ideal to use a clear extract if you want to maintain a white frosting color. If you use a brown colored extract, for example, it will yield a brownish colored frosting. 

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