Apple Butter Cupcakes

You don't need additional seasonings when you have the pleasant spiciness of apple butter.

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  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 5 ounce can (2/3 cup) evaporated milk
  • 1 recipe Penuche Frosting (recipe follows ) (optional)
Penuche Frosting
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

In a small mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl beat margarine or butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Beat in apple butter and vanilla. Stir lemon juice into milk (mixture will curdle). Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to apple butter mixture, beating on low to medium speed after each addition just until combined.
Grease muffin cups or line with paper bake cups; fill two-thirds full. Bake in a 350 degrees F. oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool on wire racks. If desired, frost with Penuche Frosting. Makes 24 cupcakes.
Penuche Frosting
In a small saucepan melt 1/2 cup margarine or butter; stir in 1 cup packed brown sugar. Cook and stir until bubbly. Remove from the heat. Add 1/4 cup milk; stir until smooth. Add 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar; beat by hand until of spreading consistency. Frost cooled cupcakes immediately. (If frosting thickens, stir in hot water, a few drops at a time, until of spreading consistency again.)

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 134, Fat, total (g) 5, chol. (mg) 11, carb. (g) 22, pro. (g) 2, vit. A (RE) 52, vit. C (mg) 1, sodium (mg) 151, calcium (mg) 30, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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