Yes, Folks, it’s really that good.
And no, this doesn’t mean I’m coming out of blogging retirement.Â There is just something about The Republi-Dad coming to visit that fills me with the need to bake.Â Maybe it’s because I feel as though he’s probably not eating anything that great since I’m not linving at home, even though I know he’s a much better cook than I am.Â Plus, I can even forgive him for when he mixed up okra and zucchini today and thought that zucchini made my chili taste like it was full of boogers.Â That’s the true maturity I have learned from The Republi-Dad, let’s all take a moment to laugh as we realize THIS IS WHY I AM THE WAY I AM.
Anyway, let’s look at this:
Yum. This little beauty is a Caramel Apple Cider cupcake.Â Don’t even bother thinking about making a tastier cupcake because it won’t happen.Â These are probably the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten, ever. I really made these because I had this RIDICULOUS craving for spiced cider a few weeks ago, so I bought a half gallon of cider.Â Â I was disappointed in the cider, but I decided to give these a try, they turned out fantastically for throwing a bunch of stuff together and hoping it tastes good.
Caramel Apple Cider Cupcakes!
2 1/2 cups flour
4 c. cider
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 c. shortening
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
a few drops of lemon oil flavoring
Put 4 cups of cider on stove and bring to a boil, stirring often.Â Let mixture boil until it has boiled down to 2 cups.
While that is boiling go ahead and mix your dry ingredients in a bowl, I sifted my flour, but not anything else then mixed it when a whisk.Â Cream shortening in a bowl and add dry ingredients.Â Slowly drizzle in concentrated cider and mix well.Â Finally add in eggs, vanilla, and a few drops of lemon oil flavoring then mix on high for about 2 minutes.Â It will be tasty and beautiful.Â If your house is like mine, it might smell mildly like potatoes, we still aren’t sure why…
I made my batter into babycakes because I find them to be the cutest thing ever.Â Maybe even cuter than that little dachshund wearing the hoodie I saw the other day. SO CUTE.
Bake those at 350 for about 15-20 minutes, depending on size.Â You’ll know they are done because they will brown a little bit and when you touch them they’ll spring back up.
After you bake those up you get to make the tastiest frosting ever, it is so full of fat that I recommend you start a diet right now because you’re going to gain 10 pounds looking at it.Â Just sayin’.
Caramel Apple Cider Frosting
Â½ c. butter
1 cup brown sugar
Â¼ c. cider concentrate
3 cups powdered sugar
Start by melting 1/2 c. butter (or margerine if you absolutely must) on stove until melted, add brown sugar and mix well.Â Cook mixture for 2 minutes before adding 1/4 c. of cider concentrate you have left over from the cupcakes. Heat until mixture boils and remove from heat.
Gradually add in your powdered sugar mixing well between each addition.Â When I had finished mixing in my powdered sugar I went ahead and used a mixer to get out some lumps.Â No one wants lumpy frosting.Â TRUST ME, INTERNET.
Basically when those things are cool you want to frost them quickly.Â The frosting is still going to be kind of warm, I will admit, I did pop mine in the freezer for a minute so I could handle it a little easier ,but after I finished 1 batch I let it cool while I added little leaves, afterward the frosting had gotten too cool.Â This stuff sets up REALLY hard, so you want to get it all done right away, if you’re frosting with a knife you’ll be fine, if you decide to pipe like I did, get ready for your hands to be pretty warm.Â You’ll be okay. buck up, camper.Â Plus once this happens:
You’ll forget all about your scalded hands because you’ll be too busy drowning in delicious. TRUST ME.
This post is all thanks to Other Cousin J who made one of my other favorites, Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes, for a party for her hubs.Â PEOPLE LOVED MY CUPCAKES, YA’LL. How good does that make you feel? I’ll tell you, very good.Â Glad people are not only laughing at my inability to write a blog, but also trying out my recipes AND ENJOYING THEM!!