Photo: Oxmoor House
1 dozen (serving size: 1 cupcake)

These pint-size desserts feature the best of Maple syrup, which is found in both the cupcake and the frosting. The frosting gets an extra dose of maple goodness thanks to the addition of maple flavoring. Top these cuties with a walnut or, for a sweet-and-salty twist, crumbled bacon.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Ratings & Reviews

SlightlyInsane's Review

April 25, 2012
The icing was fantastic but the cupcake itself left me wanting more maple flavour.

Marjoram's Review

February 05, 2012
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.

annesenft's Review

January 14, 2012

ColleenW's Review

February 26, 2011
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. ;)

Jocilyn's Review

July 03, 2010
Good flavor and texture

DiscoMom's Review

August 17, 2009
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 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!

JenC240's Review

May 19, 2009
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.