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Banff Christmas Recipes – Brown Sugar Maple Cupcakes

Straight from the pastry kitchen and just in time for the holidays!

With the holidays right around the corner, the need for comfort food and delicious baked goods is here! This holiday season we’ve asked our Executive Chef – Robert Ash to come to the table (pun intended) with some of his best holiday goodies!

Below you will find his special recipe for Brown Sugar Maple Cupcakes – decadent and comforting, we guarantee you won’t be able to eat just one!

Brown Sugar Maple Cupcakes Recipe

With a decadent maple icing!

Getting Started

Ingredients – Brown Sugar Cupcakes

1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk (room temperature)

Ingredients – Maple Frosting

8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

Putting it All Together

Directions – Brown Sugar Cupcakes

– Preheat oven to 350 F and line a muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside
– Combine butter & brown sugar in a bowl and beat on medium speed until ingredients are well combined & light & fluffy
– Add the egg, beat well. Stir in vanilla extract
– In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt
– To the butter-sugar mixture, gradually fold in about 1/4 of the flour mixture by hand using a spatula, until just combined
– Add about 1/4 cup of the buttermilk & use spatula to fold in until just combined
– Continue to alternate adding flour & buttermilk – ending with the flour mixture – until the ingredients are completely combined. Take care not to overmix the batter
– Fill cupcake liners with batter & bake for 18 – 20 minutes
– Allow cupcakes to cool completely in pans before frosting

Directions – Maple Frosting

– Using an electric mixer, beat together softened cream cheese & butter until well-combined
– Add brown sugar & beat until well incorporated
– Gradually add powdered sugar until completely combined
– Add maple syrup, vanilla extract & salt. Stir until ingredients are thoroughly combined, pausing to scrape down the sides & bottom of the bowl with a spatula
– Pipe or spread frosting over cooled cupcakes

A Tip From OUr Chef

Recipe Tips

Tip 1: If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, there are a few ingredients you can use to substitute. Plain yogurt has similar properties and flavor to buttermilk—you may just want to give it a good stir before adding to try to thin the consistency. You can also use a combination of milk and vinegar or lemon juice or milk along with some cream of tartar.

Tip 2: As the ingredient list states, the butter, egg, buttermilk, and cream cheese should be at room temperature. It is important you don’t skip this step; the ingredients mix more uniformly when they are all the same temperature, and the butter will blend in better instead of remaining in small chunks. Of course, the frosting can’t come together if the cream cheese and butter are stiff.

More Recipes From Our Kitchens

Looking for more holiday cooking inspiration? Check out the following recipes below:
Apple Pudding Cake
Banana Egg Nog French Toast
Carrot Ginger Soup
Organic Turkey Ravioli
Buttermilk Cornbread


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