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Sunday, 5 September 2010

Maple & Pecan Cupcakes

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These were very nice, and I put this down to (apart from my baking skills ;-)) the maple extract I got. The link to it is in the title, I have tried to make them with maple syrup before but they just don't have the concentrated maple flavour. I think this would make an excellent cake too, a tea time treat.

1/4 cup melted coconut butter/oil
1/4 cup coconut milk
6 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp maple flavouring
1/2 cup sifted coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
almost a 1/2 cup of pecans, chopped (more for decoration if you are showing off like me!)

Preheat oven to 175c

  • mix together the butter, milk, eggs, sugar, salt and maple flavouring

  • combine the coconut flour with the baking powder then whisk into the batter until there are no lumps

  • fold the nuts into the batter

  • pour into cup cake cases

  • bake at 175 for 10-15 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
I frosted these with a maple and marshmallow frosting with my trusty star nozzle, though they could happily be naked or drizzled with a glaze:

Maple Marshmallow Frosting
1/2 cup vegetable shortning
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 cup Marshmallow Fluff (you can get it from the same place as the Maple Flavouring)
3/4 tsp Maple Flavouring

Whisk everything togetherthen pipe or spoon onto your cupcakes.

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