“You Should Only Be Happy” … bringing applesauce cupcakes to work
As I’ve explained in my recent posts about biscotti and challah, food items that are pareve (PAHRv) are neither meat nor dairy; so those who keep kosher can eat them at any time of day and with any meal and not have to worry about mixing meat and dairy, which is forbidden. These cupcakes are pareve if you use the Earth Balance butter substitute, which doesn’t affect the apple-y taste of the frosting at all. My personal opinion is that butter is always better; but I am a noted feeder of people, and I can’t feed people who keep kosher or who have dairy allergies (all of the above are represented at work) unless I make things pareve. But truly, if I hadn’t told you that these weren’t made with real butter, you’d never know the difference they’re THAT good!
Applesauce Cupcakes with Honey-Cider Buttercream Frosting
Cupcakes: 2-1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 cup applesauce 1 egg 1 cup apple cider 1/4 cup honey
Frosting: 1 cup Earth Balance butter substitute or butter, softened 4 tablespoons honey 6 tablespoons apple cider 4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Make cupcakes: In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and brown sugar. In a small bowl, combine applesauce, egg, 1 cup apple cider, and 1/4 cup honey; pour liquid over dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Divide among the muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into them comes out clean. Let cool completely.
Make frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter substitute, 4 tablespoons honey and 6 tablespoons cider using an electric mixer. Add confectioners’ sugar bit-by-bit and continue to mix until the frosting is creamy. Frost cupcakes and serve.
Makes 16 cupcakes.
Mary Bilyeu has won or placed in more than 60 cooking contests and writes about her adventures as she tries to win prizes, feeds hungry teenagers and other loved ones, and generally just has fun in the kitchen. The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured next to the blog's title) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15, and is a wish for all her readers as they cook along with her ... may you always be happy here!