Apple Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large Jonagold or Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and grated
3 tablespoons softened, unsalted butter
1 package (3 oz. size) cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
- To prepare the cupcakes: Spray muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Heat oven to 350. Sift together the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.
- With an electric mixer set at medium speed, combine the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla; beat 2 minutes. Slowly add the flour mixture, beating for about 1 minute to blend. Then fold in the grated apple.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven about 25 minutes, or until the cupcakes test done in the center. Cool in the pan 5 minutes before unmolding onto a rack. Cool completely.
- To prepare the frosting: Beat together the softened butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice until smooth. Frost the tops of the cupcakes and let set up about 1 hour before serving.
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