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
1 c. mashed yam
1/2 c. milk
- Chop yam into small pieces and boil for 20 minutes or until soft.
- Drain all water from yam and mash with a fork or potato masher. Set aside.
- Heat oven to 400F and line a 12-muffin tin with paper cups.
- Sift flours, baking powder, xathan gum, salt and spices. Whisk together.
- Beat margarine, brown sugar and maple syrup together.
- 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.)
- Stir in flour until just mixed and spoon into muffin tin.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Place on rack to cool.
Maple Cream Cheese Icing
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. margarine, softened
1+ tsp. maple syrup
- Beat together cream cheese and margarine.
- 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.)
- Spoon icing into pastry bag with 1M or desired tip.
- Ice cupcakes.
- 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?