Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy First Birthday Applesauce Vanilla Mini-Cupcakes!

For my daughters' first birthday, I just had to make them cupcakes. They're really just healthy-ish muffins with a decadent sweet frosting. For adults, this would be good with sliced almonds, pecans or chocolate chips. Enjoy and Chanukah Samayach!

2 and 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
4 eggs (or 1 cup egg substitute)
2 and 1/3 cups applesauce
1 cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
cooking spray

Vanilla Frosting

2 cups 10-X (confectioner's) sugar
2 tbsp water, rice milk or milk
2 tbsp margarine (I use Earth Balance soy veggy sticks)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 dash ground cinnamon

For the cupcakes: Combine dry ingredients and set aside. In a mixer, beat eggs with sugar and oil, then add the applesauce alternating with the dry ingredients. Mix only until combined. Pour batter into cupcake tins sprayed with cooking spray.

For the frosting: Combine ingredients and beat in a mixer until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate if you're not using it right away!

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