Walnut Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting

Baking mini cupcakes may be the best idea ever. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, it’s fast, and the results are delicious. This recipe, which uses walnuts in the cupcake itself and a maple syrup flavoured frosting, is slightly modified from the book 200 mini cakes and bakes published by Hamlyn. 

Walnut Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting
Walnut Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting 

I didn’t take any pictures of the process, so I’ve uploaded a few more pictures of the finished product. Enjoy!

Walnut Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting
 

I changed the original recipe a little, using walnuts in place of pecans. 

Walnut Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting

I did not have a piping bag, so for the frosting, I simply placed it in a plastic zip lock bag, cut out a corner, and used that to pipe on the frosting. 
Walnut Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting

Walnut cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting
Yield: 12 mini cupcakes

Ingredients (cupcake):

  • 65 g (1/3 cup) lightly salted butter, softened 
  • 65 g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 65 g (1/2 cup) all purpose flour, sifted 
  • 5 g (1 tsp) baking powder 
  • 1 egg 
  • 40 g (1/3 cup) walnuts, finely chopped 
  • 12 walnut halves or quarters, to decorate (optional) 

Ingredients (frosting):

  • 100 g (2/5 cup) lightly salted butter, softened 
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar, sifted 
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line or grease 12 mini muffin tins
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add flour, baking powder and egg and mix until just combined. Fold in chopped walnuts. 
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes until risen and just firm, set aside to cool on a wire rack. 
  4. Beat butter and icing sugar until smooth, gradually beat in maple syrup until pale and fluffy. Use a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle to pipe swirls on top of each cake (or see method above if you do not have a piping bag). 
  5. Decorate with walnut halves or quarters if desired. 
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