I'm so lucky! This recipe transformed my one leftover apple that nobody wanted into 12 delicious, moist spicy cupcakes with a sweet-tart frosting. I followed the recipe exactly as to ingredients and amounts, and found it very easy. There did seem to be a little more frosting than absolutely necessary, but I'm not complaining. Thank you for the recipe. I'll make these again.
These cupcakes were sooo good! I did do a little substituting as I didn't have any cognac or brandy on hand. I used 1 tbsp of apple pie moonshine instead. I also added 2 tbsp extra flour to aid in the rising process because I live in Colorado. The one other thing I did differently was to use all brown sugar instead of white. It just seemed to go with the flavors more. I left the icing recipe as is. I would suggest using the icing sparingly to avoid sugar overload. I made these for a function at my daughter's school and everyone loved them! I will definitely make them again :)
We thought these cupcakes were good, but not great. They weren't as moist as other apple cupcakes I've made and the flavour was a bit bland. I added a cinnamon/sugar swirl in the middle of the cupcake but even that didn't seem to boost the flavour. There was a bit of an off-putting aftertaste from something, possibly the baking soda. A single recipe only yielded 9 cupcakes. I usually have great success with Elinor Klivan's recipes, but these are a no-repeat for me.
These are very good. Thanks for making the directions so easy to follow. I topped them with some chopped almonds and served them for my husband's birthday. Everyone enjoyed them. Next time I will use Audrey's Honey Cream Cheese Frosting (#81888) and throw some cranberries into the batter. Mmmmmm