Maple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

What’s this, you say?

Cupcakes? On Buns In My Oven?

Yeah, I know. I can’t bake a cake to save my life, and yet here I am. With cake. I hope we all know what this means…if I can do it, so can you.

But, why in the world would I risk death and destruction to make a cupcake?

Well, number one, I like cupcakes.

Number two, I like frosting.

Number one, for real, though, is because today is a speshul day.

It’s Kristan’s online baby shower. You know Kristan, right? What if I call her the Cookbook Queen? Now you know who I’m talking about. She’s the one that makes the creative and prettily decorated cupcakes.

Um, hello, Frankenberry Cupcakes. Get in my mouth.

Kristan is having a sweet baby girl. Lucy. Isn’t that the sweetest name ever? It’s just simple and classic.

From what I read about Kristan’s son, Jon David, he is quite the character. I can’t wait to hear what Lucy gets up to. Of course, she’ll be wearing all pink, covered in sparkles and glitter, with her hair done up all fancy. I know this, because I met Kristan once. And she was dressed in pink, sparkly, with pretty hair. I just assume this will pass down to her daughter. That’s how it works, right?

Happy Baby Shower Day, Kristan. I absolutely, positively can not wait to see photos of your little lady.

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Maple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:
3 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened, cut into chunks
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, room temperature
2 cups pure maple syrup (preferably Grade B, but I used Grade A Dark Amber)
3 large egg yolks
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped (I omitted these)
For the frosting:
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons maple syrup


To make the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and whisk together.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and shortening until smooth and combined. With the mixer turned to low, stream in the maple syrup.
Turn the mixer to medium high and beat until uniform in color, about 3 minutes.
Beat in the egg yolks and egg one at a time until just combined.
Reduce the speed to low and add half of the flour mixture and beat until just combined.
Stream in the milk.
Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just combined.
Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl. Fold in the walnuts, if using.
Fill the muffin tin 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
Cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting:
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until completely smooth. Beat in the cream choose until well combined.
With the mixer on low, beat in the powdered sugar and maple syrup until just combined. Do not overmix the frosting or it will break.
Pipe the frosting on the cupcakes or decorate how you'd like.

recipe from Baked Explorations

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47 Responses to “Maple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Glory/ Glorious Treats October 22, 2012 @ 1:22 am (#

    I love anything maple flavored, and these are so perfecty sweet looking too!


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks October 22, 2012 @ 1:47 am (#

    What a sweet idea to make cupcakes and the frosting, oh boy, maple + cream cheese = PERFECT!


  3. sally @ sallys baking addiction October 22, 2012 @ 3:20 am (#

    The only reason I typically make cupcakes is to eat the FROSTING! Maple on maple. LOVE that idea. I don’t think I’d be able to stop “tasting” the frosting lol.


  4. shelly (cookies and cups) October 22, 2012 @ 6:05 am (#

    I love these! Obviously you are over your baking slump!


  5. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies October 22, 2012 @ 6:17 am (#

    I love maple anything, so these are perfect! So sweet of you to step outside your comfort zone to bake cupcakes for Kristan and Lucy. I think they turned out just wonderful.


  6. TidyMom October 22, 2012 @ 6:20 am (#

    I’m all over Maple cupcakes!! These sound amazing! Great job!
    Happy Shower day Kristan!


  7. Maria October 22, 2012 @ 6:54 am (#

    Love this flavor! Yum!


  8. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen October 22, 2012 @ 7:13 am (#

    Love this flavor!


  9. Amy October 22, 2012 @ 7:20 am (#

    Maple! So in the mood for these right now. I think I could eat one now for breakfast, then another for lunch, and save room for dessert after supper.


    • Karly replied: — October 22nd, 2012 @ 8:10 am


      I see no problems with that. Maple has to be healthier than white sugar, right? So, these are perfectly acceptable for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 😉


  10. heather October 22, 2012 @ 7:30 am (#

    Perfect, perfect, perfect for a fall baby shower!


  11. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie October 22, 2012 @ 7:30 am (#



  12. Cookbook Queen October 22, 2012 @ 7:35 am (#

    SO sweet!!

    This is such a surprise and you’ve made my morning truly special. THANK YOU!!

    If only I could have these cupcakes in real life. Well, I guess I COULD make them myself, right? Duh.


  13. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 22, 2012 @ 7:44 am (#

    Maple cupcakes with maple frosting? You’re so bluffing about that whole “I can’t bake cupcakes” thing. Dude, these are gorgeous. And look delicious.


  14. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots October 22, 2012 @ 7:47 am (#

    These look delicious! Perfect for a fall baby. 😀 I bet the maple makes them taste like french toast in cupcake form. Mmm!


  15. Kristen October 22, 2012 @ 9:24 am (#

    I think you need to change your mind about you and cupcakes… these are gorgeous! Such a special treat!


    • Karly replied: — October 22nd, 2012 @ 9:28 am


      You only say that because you didn’t see me trying to frost them. The piping bag burst halfway through and frosting squirted everywhere. I ended up just smearing it on with an offset spatula. Haha!


  16. teresa October 22, 2012 @ 11:26 am (#

    Maple Syrup Frosting~I’m in heaven!
    Love these!
    Adorable blog!
    Delighted to meet you!


  17. what katie's baking October 22, 2012 @ 12:20 pm (#

    ahh i need cupcakes now!! too much yumminess in one post.


  18. bridget {bake at 350} October 22, 2012 @ 12:26 pm (#

    So, my husband who was eating a cupcake this morning AFTER eating a pancake said, “you know, maple syrup would be pretty good on a cupcake.” And now, your post. Voila! He’s going to be one happy man! :)


  19. Adam October 22, 2012 @ 2:31 pm (#

    Maple syrup is one of our favorite ingredients and in a cupcake with cream cheese. Yum!


  20. Elizabeth @Food Ramblings October 22, 2012 @ 6:27 pm (#

    yum! love anything maple!


  21. Becca from It's Yummilicious October 22, 2012 @ 6:30 pm (#

    Dudette, I totally love the maple frosting idea, and your pants are on fire, cuz you totally rocked the cupcake thing!
    I suppose little Lucy wouldn’t have taken as well to your fabulous Buffalo cauliflower bites, huh? No worries, send them my way, puhleez.


  22. Joanne October 22, 2012 @ 6:59 pm (#

    You did a pretty darn good cupcake job if you ask me! These are such cuties!


  23. Loretta October 22, 2012 @ 7:07 pm (#

    Hard to miss the sugar with 2 cups of maple syrup! They look so tasty…


  24. Darla | Bakingdom October 22, 2012 @ 10:12 pm (#

    So yummy!! Maple is one of my favorite things in the world, and these sound wonderful!


  25. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 23, 2012 @ 12:56 am (#

    Such cute cupcakes…and yes – Lucy is an adorable name!!!


  26. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 23, 2012 @ 10:00 am (#

    These sound fabulous! Love that icing especially :)


  27. Jamie | My Baking Addiction October 24, 2012 @ 7:02 pm (#

    I’m pretty obsessed with maple everything right now, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be craving these something fierce until I make them! Lovely photos!


  28. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust October 28, 2012 @ 4:36 pm (#

    Oh, my. I love these! Maple is awesome – one of my favs. And, well, I’m kinda jealous at how sparkly Lucy is going to be! :)


  29. Jackie July 16, 2013 @ 8:48 pm (#

    How many cupcakes do this recipe make.


    • Karly replied: — July 17th, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

      It makes 24 cupcakes!



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