Daily Archives: October 1, 2009

Fall Inspired Cupcakes

Rhiannon at Pink Sugar Desserts has been having a Chic Cupcake Challenge with the theme of “Fall or Autumn.” I wasn’t sure that I would be able to participate as school has been really busy, but I skipped out on studying (whoops!) and made cupcakes. I’m sure my design group will enjoy eating them tomorrow during our meeting.


I didn’t want to make anything with pumpkin in it – I’ll have more chances to do that later on in the month. To be a bit different, I wanted to try to make a cupcake with yam in it – sounds weird, but they’re oddly delicious.


Maple Yam Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

1 c. brown rice flour
1/3 c. each potato and tapioca starch
1 tsp. xathan gum
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2. tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/3 c. margarine, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. maple syrup
3 eggs
1 c. mashed yam
1/2 c. milk

  1. Chop yam into small pieces and boil for 20 minutes or until soft.
  2. Drain all water from yam and mash with a fork or potato masher. Set aside.
  3. Heat oven to 400F and line a 12-muffin tin with paper cups.
  4. Sift flours, baking powder, xathan gum, salt and spices. Whisk together.
  5. Beat margarine, brown sugar and maple syrup together.
  6. Beat in eggs, yam and milk. (Note: Do NOT add one cup of milk without thinking like I did – it was an interesting experiment to drain some of the liquid off that should be avoided.)
  7. Stir in flour until just mixed and spoon into muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Place on rack to cool.


Maple Cream Cheese Icing

6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. margarine, softened
1+ tsp. maple syrup
Icing sugar

  1. Beat together cream cheese and margarine.
  2. Beat in maple syrup and 1 c. of icing sugar at a time until the desired consistency is reached. (I used just over 3 cups.)
  3. Spoon icing into pastry bag with 1M or desired tip.
  4. Ice cupcakes.
  5. Add fondant leaves if desired.


I really haven’t baked much in the last little while and it was fun to get back into it despite the few hiccoughs I had – it happens to the worst of us.

What is your favourite fall themed baked goods?


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