I decided to make the cupcake Martha's way for my first try. I read all of the reviews I could find and everyone loved her cupcake but wished they had used a different frosting. The suggestion was to go with a cream cheese frosting rather than her seven minute frosting. I LOVE cream cheese frosting but I'm also a big fan of seven minute frosting. Such a dilemma!! I think the problem really isn't seven minute frosting so much as HER recipe for seven minute frosting. I find it to be lacking, not sweet enough and not enough vanilla flavor. Mine tastes very much like marshmallow fluff and I can see that being perfect with a cinnamon cupcake. But I decided to follow the reviews and go with a cream cheese frosting with a hint of cinnamon in it!
I can see Max requesting these cupcakes all the time (he did eat two in a row, even though he "doesn't like" cupcakes)!
The Cupcake: (recipe adapted from cupcakeproject.com)
Yield: 16 cupcakes (I doubled it to get 32)
1 cup (225 grams) granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups (175 grams) cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup (75 grams) full-fat sour cream
1/4 cup canola oil or vegetable oil (60 ml)
1 tablespoon pure (not imitation) vanilla extract
2/3 cup (160 ml) whole milk
Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the sugar and mix until well combined. Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes. Because there is so little butter, you'll end up with a very fine crumb texture.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be liquid. (Don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong. It's supposed to be that way.)
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full, bake for 14 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. When the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from the pans and cool on a rack.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
8oz Cream Cheese
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 cups Powdered Sugar
Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth, add the vanilla and cinnamon and beat until mixed in. Add powdered sugar and beat until fluffy.
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
To finish, combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar. Using a pastry bag fitted with a tip, pipe frosting on each cupcake. Using a small, fine sieve, dust peaks with cinnamon-sugar.
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