Maple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

24 Feb

To celebrate my officemate’s birthday, and her love of my baked goodness, I made these little beauties. Maple cake is how syrup should be done. Not overly sweet, it is a perfect backdrop for my favorite thing ever – cream cheese frosting.

Maple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
makes 12/adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (when I don’t have any on hand, which is pretty much every time I need it, I just use regular milk with about a 1/2 to 1 tablespoon vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup


  • 8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Here’s what I did:


  1. Mix together dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time.
  4. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Mix in buttermilk and syrup.
  6. Add the dry ingredients, gradually, until fully combined.
  7. Pour into lined muffin tin and bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.


  1. Beat together cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  3. Gradually add the powdered sugar until desired taste is reached.
  4. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle as desired.


2 Responses to “Maple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. tmetz2003 February 26, 2010 at 12:11 am #

    If I lived with you I would be 400lbs.

  2. Erin March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    I love this idea! Maple recipes are all the rage this time of year and I have a bottle of Vermont Maple Syrup that I just brought back from that cold snowy state that needs a baking task. By the way, thank you for coming to the workshop today! It was great to meet you! We should have lunch sometime?Take care,Erin

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