Name of EventHalloween
|Preparation time||25- 30 minutes + 1hour chilling for frosting/icing|
|Cooking time||20 minutes|
For the cakes
2½ cups all-purpose/plain flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. ground ginger
1 stick unsalted butter
½ c. light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1¼ cups good quality maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup walnuts or pecans
1 cup unsalted butter
3 oz. cream cheese
2/3 cup dark-brown sugar, lightly packed
¼ tsp. salt
¾ c. maple syrup
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners'/icing sugar
Making the cake
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ginger. Set aside. Beat the butter and sugar together using a mixer set on medium speed in a large bowl until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, syrup, and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture by thirds, alternating with the buttermilk. Stir in nuts. Fill 18 lined muffin cups and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool completely. Ice with Maple-Butter Frosting (see below)
- Use a 2-ounce ice cream scoop to dish out batter.
Making the frosting/icing
- Beat the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and salt in a medium bowl with a mixer set on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Continue beating, and add the maple syrup and vanilla. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, increase the speed to high, and beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Chill for 1 hour before using.
Recipe courtesy of Country Living. Visit their site for more Halloween recipes.