To prepare cupcakes, beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Combine milk and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.
Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups lined with paper liners. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
To prepare the frosting, beat 3 tablespoons maple syrup and next 4 ingredients (syrup through 1/8 teaspoon salt) at medium speed of a mixer 1 minute. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating just until blended (do not overbeat). Spread the frosting over cupcakes.
I made these cupcakes this week and they were fantastic. Lovely maple flavor, not dry, plenty of frosting. I used one of my cookie scoops and got 12 cupcakes. We are now empty-nesters, so I put some in the freezer, already frosted. 20 seconds in the microwave and they are a fantastic evening treat.
Delicious. One of these cupcakes will master any sweettooth. Icing is fudgey, and the maple flavour is nice and strong. I was surprised by the thickness of the batter, but they turned out great. I've made this recipe twice now, but I can't seem to get more than 6 cupcakes out of it!(There's only 1.25c of flour after all.) I really need to double it. ;)
I agree with another reviewer - the icing was sweet (which I LOVE) but the cupcakes were dry - a disappointment because I think there is a shortage of maple recipes on MyRecipes.com and I'd love to find some good ones. But I'm not giving up on these cupcakes - I'm going to try them again and sub in some sour cream to try to boost the moistness. If I can get a good moist crumb these cupcakes would definitely be 5-star!
The cupcakes were delicious. Very moist (as long as you dont leave them sitting out too long). I didnt even add all the syrup and they were still Very sweet. I cant imagine it with more. I might add even less syrup next time and more extract.
They dont taste 'mapley' but its a nice sweetness with depth that you couldn't get from just plain sugar.
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