Friday, September 02, 2011

Butterscotch Maple Cupcakes with Butterscotch Maple Cream-Cheese Frosting

Butterscotch Maple Cupcakes with Butterscotch Maple Cream-Cheese Frosting

Fall is coming. Can you feel it?

I sat at my desk last night, listening to a soft rain and memorizing the sounds my boys make as they dream. I had a cinnamon-apple candle burning on the desk beside me, and I had a pair of warm, fuzzy socks on to warm my cool toes. This morning it's gray and chilly outside, and school buses are making their rounds, picking up children wearing layers of bright, new clothes.

Butterscotch Maple Cupcakes with Butterscotch Maple Cream-Cheese Frosting

Fall is coming. Can you smell it?

I need two cups of coffee today to warm my bones (and hold my eyelids open). It's still dark outside when the alarm goes off now. We went this week to meet Cash's preschool teachers, and our church is preparing for its first Moravian Festival. Every day there are a few more leaves on the grass as the branches shiver and drop them to the ground. Halloween treats are starting to show up in the stores, putting visions of Batman and Robin costumes in my son's head. And if you stop a moment and breathe deeply you may be able to smell the apples ripening on the branches, waiting to be picked and turned into apple butter. 

Butterscotch Maple Cupcakes with Butterscotch Maple Cream-Cheese Frosting

Fall is coming. Can you taste it?

I couldn't help myself. I needed cake. I needed the sugary, almost-too-sweet taste of butterscotch. And I needed to use these adorable cupcake toppers before I ate them all one by one like candy. Fall, you aren't here yet, but we're ready and waiting, ready to welcome you with open arms. Please don't hurry - there is no need to wish life away, of course - but don't take your time, either.

Hank - One Month Old

Did you catch that? My boys? I'm slick like that, dropping it in like it's no thing. Perhaps you've wondered where I've been these past few months. (Or maybe you're a super sleuth and saw that I updated my About Page.) This photo should answer any questions. Meet Hank! He arrived in June, and we're just now getting our groove back. Yes, Cash adores him. We all do! And now, back to the show.

Butterscotch Maple Cupcakes
Adapted from Random Sweetness 
Makes About 2 Dozen Cupcakes
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Cake Ingredients
1 butter cake mix
1 package of instant butterscotch pudding
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon maple flavoring

Frosting Ingredients 
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2.5 to 3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
1/2 cup butterscotch chips, melted and slightly cooled (They should still be stirrable. Is that a word?)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cupcake pan with liners.
2.  In large bowl add cake mix, dry pudding mix, water, oil, eggs and maple flavoring. Mix on medium until well-combined.
3. Fill cupcake liners three-quarters full. Bake about 20 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.
4. Cool in pans until you can touch them. Remove and cool completely on wire racks.
5. To make frosting: In large bowl combine cream cheese and butter. Slowly add 2.5 cups of sugar until well incorporated. Mix in melted butterscotch chips and maple flavoring. Add remaining half cup of sugar a bit at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Pipe onto completely cool cupcakes. 

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  1. Oh GEEZ! NICE surprise Abby!!! lol! CONGRATS on Hank!! What a beautiful family you guys are!! So happy for you! And those cupcakes look incredible!! I've missed you gal! (((hugs!)))

  2. He is just too cute, Abby! I hope the transition has been going well for you.

    These cupcakes look so good. I'm excited for fall, but I'm holding onto summer as long as possible!

  3. Oh boy! I noticed a distinct absence but thought you had found something better to do. I guess you did, didn't you? Congratulations. He is darling!

    PS are Hank and Cash their real names? Just curious. If so is he Henry?

  4. I'm having trouble posting to your blog but wanted to send congratulations to you. I was hoping that was the reason for your absence. What a beautiful boy. So happy for you.

  5. Oh my gosh, congratulations! He's a cutie! I too thought that you just decided to stop blogging. Welcome back :D

  6. You are a lovely writer. Its getting hotter in Australia but you make me feel like I am sitting in a cold wet climate! Cant wait to cook.

  7. Yes, I noticed your absence! I wondered...and know we know. Such a sweet baby. These cupcakes look fantastic...I may just have to tag them for my "planned" cupcake baking in October. You see, I got these CUTE cupcake wraps last year and never used them. MUST this year!

  8. This is excellent news! Hank is just adorable! I'm a complete sucker for babies, did you know? If I lived nearby I would babysit for you (for free). Or maybe for a couple of these delicious cupcakes... ;)

  9. OH glorious fall! What a great re-entry post. I was getting ready to think you had split up with your CIK blog...glad to see you and your pretty pictures and yummy food are all BACK! Hope mamahood is treating you well, too. I'm still adjusting...16 mo. into having two boys :O)

  10. There is NO flippin' sign of fall here! It's hot & humid & hot some more!! :(

    Good to see you back & with cake. (I guess you never found your grandma's recipe?)

    Hank's a cutie. Thanks for sharing a photo.

  11. you pick great names, abby. :)
    and these cupcakes are a marvel--the frosting alone is worth every single calorie it contains. :)

  12. Beautiful! Thank you for linking back to me as well!

  13. I made these last night and brought a bunch to work. Rave reviews!!

  14. Congratulations!!! What an absolutely gorgeous little one. So sweet. (And those cupcakes look absolutely mouthwatering. I'm so ready for fall!)

  15. I thought fall was here, but it's supposed to be in the 80s tomorrow, so maybe not. And Hank is precious! Oh, Abby, warmest congratulations to you and your husband!

  16. So glad you're back. That is one precious bum!


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