Maple Cupcakes

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You get a double dose of maple in these Maple Cupcakes:  Maple cake and maple frosting!

Maple Cupcakes

I am one of those people who loves their maple syrup.  I used to only buy the light stuff because of my weird, deathly fear of consuming too many calories.  But I’ve learned that using a smaller amount of the good stuff- PURE maple syrup- makes recipes taste all that much better.  That true maple flavor really comes through.  Because you do realize, of course, that those store brand kinds of maple syrup don’t really have much maple in them at all, don’t you?  That’s kind of icky when you consider what they probably have to add to the “syrup” to make it taste like maple syrup.  Yuck.

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These cupcakes are beautifully maple through and through.  They start with a tender maple cake and are topped with a maple frosting.

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I visited Vermont once in the fall.  The change of seasons colors were absolutely amazing.  The weather was crisp and cool.  I sampled maple candy and maple ice cream and a million other maple things.  I’m pretty sure that’s where I fell in love with 100% maple syrup, and I will forever associate maple with fall because of it.  So I’m going to have to say that these are the perfect fall cupcakes!  

I served these at a little end-of-summer bbq I hosted at my house, and the kids at the bbq gobbled the majority of these up before I could even serve dinner.  They were that good!

Maple Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 20 min


1/2 cup granulated white sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup maple syrup

3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners

2. Prepare the cupcakes: Beat the first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until well-blended (about 5 minutes). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a small bowl stir together the milk and maple syrup. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture alternately with the milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture; mix after each addition.

3. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

4. Prepare the frosting: Use an electric mixer to beat the maple syrup and next 4 ingredients (syrup through salt) in a large bowl. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating just until blended (do not overbeat). Spread the frosting over the cupcakes.


*Double the frosting recipe if you want a generous smudge of frosting on each cupcake!

Source: (adapted barely from Cooking Light )

More fall cupcake recipes you might enjoy:
Caramel Apple Cupcakes by Taste and Tell
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes by Handle the Heat
Candy Corn Cupcakes by The Curvy Carrot
Sweet Potato Cupcakes by Lauren’s Latest

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  • Joshua Hampton wrote:

    If I’m faced with a plate of these cupcakes, I’d gobble them up too. And yeah, only the good stuff for me too when it comes to maple syrup. A little of it goes a long way.

  • CakeSpy wrote:

    It’s so weird that maple is harvested in the spring because it tastes like FALL to me. This recipe looks like a winner, my sweet friend!

  • marcie wrote:

    I use maple syrup in dishes a lot, but for some reason Ive never added it to my baked goods. These cupcakes look like the perfect way to indulge in maple flavor outside of pancakes!

  • Kelly – Life Made Sweeter wrote:

    These cupcakes look delicious! Totally drooling over that maple frosting – we love maple desserts!

  • Maegan @thebakermama wrote:

    Lori, I’m in love with these cupcakes! I think we go through a bottle of pure maple syrup a week, so a double dose of it in these cupcakes and the frosting guarantees they’ll be a winner in this house. Can’t wait to bake them!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction wrote:

    Love all of the maple packed into these cupcakes!

  • Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures wrote:

    I am a huge fan of maple syrup! These look delicious! Maple candy sounds amazing too!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks wrote:

    Dessert before dinner, I love when that happens! I need to come to one of your BBQs 🙂 These look awesome!

  • Emily @ Life on Food wrote:

    My husbands family makes maple syrup and we always have some on hand. Loving these cupcakes. And that little peak of frosting on each one.

  • Millie | Add A Little wrote:

    What’s not to love about these! Is it bad that I want to add a little sprinkle of bacon to the top?!

  • Karly wrote:

    Love these cupcakes. I’m a big maple fan too!

  • DessertForTwo wrote:

    Maple everything! I love it!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets wrote:

    I love maple desserts. These cupcakes have all the tell tale signs of something I would devour in seconds!!! YUM

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way wrote:

    I would rather have a small portion of something that is made with the real deal than get the “lite” version and not get the full flavor. Also we sometimes get a false sense of security eating lo-fat or lite and we eventually consume more. Not a good thing. The cupcakes really look great and I bet they taste great too.

  • Erin | The Law Student’s Wife wrote:

    Ever since making the switch to real-deal maple syrup, I can never go back! I love that these cupcakes have maple going in both the cake and the frosting. It’s one of my favorite fall flavors!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar wrote:

    Growing up, we used to tap our backyard maple trees and make our own syrup! So naturally, I only use the good stuff…plus, you know? Being a Canadian means you naturally consume quality maple syrup!! Definitely need these cupcakes in my life. They look great!