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GRANNY SMITH APPLE CUPCAKES: SERVINGS: 24 INGREDIENTS: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 9 ounces unsalted butter, softened at room temp 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 4 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, finely grated 1 cup whole milk APPLE TOPPING: 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3 granny smith apples, peeled and cored and thinly sliced CINNAMON FROSTING 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened at room temp 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon DIRECTIONS: 1. To cook the apples: Place butter and sugar in a large fry pan over low-medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add apple slices and cook for 8-10 minutes or until apples are lightly caramelized. Remove apples from pan and let cool completely. 2. To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 325°F Line 24 4-fl-oz-capacity muffin wells with paper liners. 3. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside dry ingredients. 4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides if the bowl occasionally. Beat in the vanilla and grated zest. 5. On low speed, add the flour mixture and mix until flour is barely incorporated. Add the milk and mix until just smooth. 6. Divide the batter among lined muffin wells, filling each well about 2/3 full. Top with the apples. 7. Bake at 325F until a cake tested comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool cupcakes on cooling racks. Make sure cupcakes are completely cooled before frosting. 8. To frost the cupcakes: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the confectioners sugar and cinnamon and beat for another 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Frost the cupcakes.
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SEEN ON GRUBSTREET.COM: MANHATTAN FINALLY GETTING THE CUPCAKE ATM IT’S BEEN MISSING ALL THESE YEARS trending downward, which is perhaps why its a good thing Sprinkles is going to start selling ice cream in a newly leased, 1,000 square-feet spot adjacent to its enormous store on the Upper East Side. The new space, at 782 Lexington Avenue, will also have a cupcake ATM built into its façade, which allows convenient access to sweets, 24-7. The machines L.A. counterpart has been known to attract sugar-craving child TV stars.
Americas Best Cupcakes
Crumbs Bake Shop [more photos]
At a time of the year when we make daily diet affirmations, cupcakes—those sinister calorie-carriers—slip past our defenses. Theyre just so small and cute! Whether they are homemade or from the gourmet shop around the corner, cupcakes prove irresistible to coworkers, kids, men, and women. Their delicate appearance, infinite variability, and colorful frosting have enabled cupcakes to conquer the nation (and topple our New Years resolutions).
In the delicious reign of cupcakes, there have been some standout distributors—shops that not only showcased the delicacies but also aided our addictions. Thanks to a loyal band of cupcake fanatics, these pint-size stores have become institutions, monuments even, to this hand-held treat. For die-hards, stepping up to the altar—oops, we mean counter—of these shops is the delectable conclusion to an oh-so-sweet pilgrimage. And for those in the Midwest, its a fairly long trek to get to one of the shops listed below. The cupcake trend began on the coasts, but it is slowly (but surely) moving inland. However, the landmarks remain in coastal cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
Although Red Velvet seems to be the go-to flavor for customers throughout the country, we encourage you to the try the more creative inventions at these eminent cupcakeries.[In Pictures: Americas Best Cupcakes] CRUMBS BAKE SHOP NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
MOST CREATIVE CUPCAKE: White Hot Chocolate ($4.50)
Run by Mia and Jason Bauer, Crumbs Bake Shop began serving gourmet cupcakes on Manhattans Upper West Side in 2003. Since then, the bakery has taken its staggering popularity in stride, opening new locations along the East Coast and in California. Crumbs whips up more than 50 varieties daily; with so many to choose from, expect to find flavors ranging from the tried-and-true vanilla with sprinkles to quirkier concoctions like apple cobbler. If you arent overwhelmed by the delicious array of goodies, check out the "Colossal Crumb." This cupcake stands more than six inches tall, so you should gather your friends to tackle this treat.SUSIECAKES BRENTWOOD, CALIFORNIA
MOST CREATIVE CUPCAKE: Morning-After Mimosa Cupcake ($3)
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With her grandmothers recipes in hand, Susan Sarich found a way to pass on her family treats to a new generation. In Brentwood, Calif., (a suburb of L.A.), SusieCakes opened its doors to sweet-toothed Californians in 2006. The shops myriad desserts—there are more than just cupcakes here—look simple and tasty, lacking the excessive ornamentation often found at other bakeries. Here, youll find lemon squares, snickerdoodles, and butterscotch toffee pudding that will bring you back to your childhood. But Susans inventive twist on the cupcake is what has most people talking. Susies Signature "Frosting Filled" Cupcakes come in nine regular flavors, including Luscious Lemon, Fluffy Coconut, and Vanilla with Pastel Vanilla Frosting. Meanwhile, seasonal favorites like Salted Caramel Apple and Morning-After Mimosa keep patrons asking, "Whats next?"BAKED BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
MOST CREATIVE CUPCAKE: Green Tea ($2)
This suggestively named shop in Brooklyn is so good that it lures Manhattanites away from their sacred island and their own cupcake dealers. Owners Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito have transformed a potentially ordinary neighborhood bakery and coffee shop into a nationally recognized confectionary. Baked has been featured on NBCs _Today Show,_ the _Martha Stewart Show_, and the Food Network. And in a survey of 47 New York cupcake purveyors, SeriousEats.com crowned Baked the top shop in the city, citing the Lemon Drop and Sweet and Salty cupcakes in its testimony. One of the nice things about Baked is its willingness to share its recipes with others. You can purchase the shops recipe book or its easy-to-use mix kit, which contains all the ingredients you need to make your favorite desserts. Despite all the praise and subsequent products, the Baked shop remains a small and friendly operation.SPRINKLES BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
MOST CREATIVE CUPCAKE: Chai Latte ($3.50)
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Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson claims that her cupcakes are a natural extension her great-grandmothers legacy. But customers who enter one of Sprinkles 10 locations will see that Nelson has brought her familys desserts into the 21st century with style. Dominated by warm beige and chocolate brown tones, the sleek design of the shops interiors puts the cupcakes center stage. Despite Nelsons recurring role on the Food Networks _Cupcake Wars_, the true stars of the show rest on tiered shelves. Perfectly poised in rows, these cupcakes may be the most recognizable ones in America. Although the treats exhibit militant uniformity, signature colorful dots label each creation, so theres no mistaking what delectable flavor youve selected. With bakeries on both coasts and in the Midwest, Nelson is sharing her cupcakes with more dessert lovers than ever.MAGNOLIA BAKERY NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
MOST CREATIVE CUPCAKE: Hummingbird Cupcake ($3.50)
A landmark bakery if there ever was one, Magnolia Bakery is the oldest shop on our list. The shop, which doled out its first sweets in the summer of 1996, was once a local secret in New York Citys Greenwich Village. That is, until Carrie Bradshaw took her _Sex and the City_ gal-pal Miranda (and boy troubles) to the benches outside this quaint bakery in 2000. Since Carrie took a bite of a pink-frosted Magnolia cupcake, fans of the HBO show and cupcake aficionados alike have lined the block for a sweet sample. We recommend one of the more creative flavors like the Hummingbird cupcake, a banana-pineapple-pecan cake topped with icing and toasted pecans. While we encourage you to visit the original store (even with the queue), you can now taste Magnolias scrumptious desserts at shops in Los Angeles, Chicago, and even Dubai.GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE WASHINGTON DC
MOST CREATIVE CUPCAKE: Bananas Foster Cupcake ($2.75 - September only)
Georgetown Cupcake [more photos]
In a highly competitive cupcake market (Sprinkles and local favorite Baked & Wired are just down the road), Georgetown Cupcakeremains king—or more accurately, queen—ofWashington D.C.s M Street cupcake scene. The petite sweets served here have been drawing crowds since the shop opened in February 2008. But after the premiere of TLCs popular reality TV show _DC Cupcakes_, founding sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne had a blockbuster hit on their hands. In rain, shine, snow, and sleet, cupcake connoisseurs line up around the block (sometimes for more than an hour) to sample the shops scrumptious creations. Occasionally, local students will post signs in nearby townhouse windows that taunt customers with statements like: "You know youre in line for a cupcake when the Lincoln Memorial is RIGHT THERE!" And thats when we concede: Some people just dont understand the instantaneous pleasure of tasting the perfect cupcake.KARAS CUPCAKES SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
MOST CREATIVE CUPCAKE: Fleur de Sel ($3.25)
If you want a frosted sample of San Francisco, you should ditch the fare at Fishermans Wharf and opt for Karas Cupcakes. These dainty snacks and their purveyor adopt the Bay Areas environmental awareness with green vehicles and compostable utensils and packaging. Using local ingredients such as flour and sea salt, the cupcakes quite literally take on the regions flavor. We urge you to try Karas sweetest creation, the Fleur de Sel cupcake, a luscious indulgence of chocolate cake, caramel filling, and chocolate ganache frosting dusted with sea salt. As her business has expanded to include seven vehicles and six stores in Northern California, founder Kara Haspel Lind continues to attentively care for each detail of the process—from baking to selling—to ensure a delectable experience for her customers. And at the "Tiffanys of Cupcakes," patrons appreciate Karas mission "to make the world a sweeter place."[Photos Of Americas Best Cupcakes]