Ahhh, today was most definitely a cheat day. I have been waiting for this day all week! I can’t say my cheat days are always on Thursdays, I don’t keep a definite schedule, but whenever I feel like it’s okay to indulge, I will do so. I refuse to live a restrictive lifestyle, that is no way to live. Not to mention is that not livable for the long-term. So indulge, my friends, indulge! My mom came to visit me in the city today and it was pretty exciting because she has never seen my apartment since I’ve moved in. I’m always the one to come home to the suburbs so she has never my place. It’s a dorm but it’s an apartment so it’s nice. She liked it. She also helped with today’s baking extravaganza. It was great. It’s really helpful to have an extra set of hands especially since I don’t have a stand mixer and it’s a drag to fill piping bags with frosting by myself. It can get messy. Oh, she also surprised me by buying me a little piping bag set with three different heads! It was so awesome, the cupcakes look better already! Can’t wait to learn some more piping techniques too. In time, my friends.
Anyway, as you could see from my recent Trader Joe’s shopping trip, I bought a 6 pack of hard cider. I thought I should use it creatively and bake with it as well. Screw the fact that it’s not the season for cider baking. I wanted a hard cider cupcake and I was gonna make some, darn it! I also love doing cupcakes with fillings since my Guinness & Bailey’s cupcakes and I find regular non-filling cupcakes boring. I thought dulce de leche would be perfect for a filling for hard cider cupcakes. Who doesn’t love dulce de leche? It’s like heaven on earth. I think dulce de leche is actually BETTER than chocolate. Scratch that, I KNOW it is better than chocolate. It’s just heavenly. Anyways, here’s the recipe. Enjoy 🙂
Hard Cider Cinnamon Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche filling and Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
Recipe for the cake part was borrowed (but tweaked) from Krissy’s Creations.
Yields 12 cupcakes
For the cake part:
3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder (or 1/2 tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp lime juice)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted Butter, room Temperature
3/4 cups Light Brown Sugar
3/4 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Hard Cider
For the filling:
7 Tbsp Dulce De Leche
2 tsp Bailey’s or Hard Cider (both tasted good)
For the frosting:
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1.5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/4 tablespoons Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Kammie wants to know:
What’s your favorite filling to have in cupcakes?
What’s the last boozy dessert you had?
Let me know in the comments below!