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Applesauce & Cinnamon CupCakes

 

Cinnamon brings a delicate sweetness to this cupcake recipe and complements the applesauce marvelously.

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) sweet butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. superfine sugar
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz.) chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz.) golden raisins
  • 1 small red eating apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350F (175C).  Grease a 12-cup muffin pan.  Place the butter, sugar, flour, and egg in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and pale, about 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the applesauce, cinnamon, pecans, and raisins.

Spoon the batter into the cups.  Lay the apple slices on top and sprinkle with a little sugar.

Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove pan from the oven and cool for 5 minutes.  Then remove the cupcakes and cool on a rack.  Serve warm.

Store in airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

makes 1 dozen.

Variations

applesauce & pear cupcakes – prepare the basic cupcake recipe.  Substitute 1 ripe and firm, medium pear for the apple.  Lay slices on top of each cupcake and sprinkle with sugar.

applesauce & warm caramel cupcakes – Prepare the basic cupcake recipe.  To make a caramel topping, place 2 cups (6 oz.) caramels in a medium pan with 3 tablespoons evaporated milk.  Heat gently, stirring until all the caramels have melted.  Prick the top of the cupcakes with a toothpick and spoon the melted caramel over the cooled cakes.  Then lay slices of apple on top of each cupcake.

applesauce & brandy drizzle cupcakes – Prepare the basic cupcake recipe.  To make the drizzle, combine 4 tablespoons apple brandy with 3 tablespoons sugar in a medium pan.  Simmer gently for 5 minutes, then spoon over the cupcakes.  Then lay slices of apple on top of each cupcake.

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