while david was enjoying his sleepover this passed weekend, emily and i had french toast for dinner one night. it made me think about IHOP's stuffed french toast. that thought lead me to this one: "i wonder if i could make a stuffed french toast cupcake?" the answer to that question(in my humble opinion) is YES!
Stuffed French Toast Cup Cakes
(adapted from Confetti Cakes for Kids)
2 3/4C AP flour
dash of nutmeg
1 TBS baking powder
2 sticks unsalted butter-room temp
1 1/2 TSP vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Place cup cake papers in 2 cup cake pans.
Sift flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder. Set aside.
In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment(or using a hand mixer) beat butter and sugar on medim speed until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla and the eggs(one at a time--scrape bowl after each egg is mixed in). Alternate flour and milk next--starting with the flour--in three batches. scrape after each addition. After flour and milk are added, beat on medium speed for about 20 seconds. Scoop into cup cake papers and bake for 20-25mins. Allow to completely cool.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling:
1 (8oz)pkg cream cheese-room temp.
1 stick unsalted butter-room temp
3 1/2C powdered sugar
1/2C mashed strawberries(i used sliced strawberries out of the freezer section!)
Combine cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer. Add sugar and strawberries; blend on low until combined, then beat on medium until light and combined.
Maple Butter Cream:
About 4C shortening(i apologize for "approx" measurements, i've made it so many times, i just taste it to see if its right!)
*Also, feel free to use butter or a combination of both here...whatever you like!
1lb powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1/4C maple syrup
1TBS brown sugar
Beat shortening until fluffy. Add sugar, and milk. If it seems dry, add a touch more milk. Remember, "you can always add more, but you can't take it out!" Add vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar and salt. Beat until combined!
Cut an X into the center of your cooled cup cake(next time i will use an apple corer to get more filling in!), and pipe filling in. Frost cup cake how you'd like, and dust with a pinch of cinnamon!
I know this is alot, but I really feel like it all came together nicely!
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