Gingerbread Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Week Two in our month of Christmas blogging features a recipe inspired by a Christmas movie.  I chose to base my creation of a gingerbread cupcake with maple frosting off of my mom’s favorite – Elf.

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

“We elves like to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup.”

I think almost all of Will Ferrell’s lines in this movie make me crack up just by thinking about them.

Note the almost empty bottle of syrup on the table . . .

Since I wasn’t super crazy about the idea of spaghetti and syrup . . . I incorporated the syrup into the frosting for the cupcakes.

IMG_3892I found that the taste/spice mix for these cupcakes was just right.  However, I did think that the cupcakes could have been more moist.  I should have known from the fact that the batter pre-baked was much firmer than some of my other cupcakes.  Also, I think the frosting needed some tweaking, as the final product.  After chilling in the fridge it did firm up a bit, but it could use some more cream cheese in the mix to counter the maple syrup.

IMG_3895Nevertheless, these were a delightful treat.  A little closer to gingerbread, but still very enjoyable, especially with a cup of hot coffee.  Here they sit on my cupcake carrier, ready for me to bring them to share at work!


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