Our darling sweet Lo turned 2!
It's amazing how fast these precious moments fly by. It feels like yesterday she was a newborn and just fit into our hands...
This Memorial Day was spent not only celebrating our country's heroes, but also celebrating the birth of our sweet angel. Lola's favorite food is cinnamon rolls, and it was only fitting to make a special birthday variation of this delicious treat!
Amaretto was the secret ingredient in these cupcakes and definitely kicked it up a notch--ok, a big notch! It lends a sweet, nutty, irresistible almond flavor. Similar to a bear claw; one of my favorite breakfast pastries! Although these cupcakes have a melt-in-your-mouth sugar glaze drizzled over the tops...heavenly!
I had one very happy birthday girl!
Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Yields 12 servings
1 1/2 cups all purpose-flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup (2 ounces) low fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons amaretto, almond flavor liqueur
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup 2% reduced fat milk
3/4 cup finely chopped gala apple
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, chilled
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1 cup powdered sugar
4 teaspoons 2% reduced-fat milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place muffin liners in 12 muffin tin, coat with cooking spray.
Spoon 1 1/2 cups flour in a dry measuring cup, level with a knife. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda, stirring with a whisk. Set aside.
Combine sugar, cream cheese, and 1/4 cup butter in the bowl of a standing mixer. Beat on high until well blended. Add amaretto, vanilla and egg to sugar mixture, beat on medium speed until well blended.
Combine sour cream and 1/4 cup reduced fat milk in a small bowl, whisk until well blended, set aside. Combine apple and 1 tablespoon flour in a separate bowl, toss well and set aside.
Add the flour mixture and sour cream mixture alternately to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat until just combined. Fold in apple mixture. Divide batter evenly between cups.
To prepare streusel, combine 2 tablespoons flour, brown sugar and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives (or the way I do it...you hands) until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in almonds. Sprinkle streusel evenly over the top of the cupcakes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-27 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, and remove.
To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and 4 teaspoons milk in a small bow, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over cupcakes.