Laissez Les Bon Temps Roules
Tomorrow is Mardi Gras so I thought I would share with you this cupcake recipe for Mardi Gras cupcakes.
Pull out your favorite yellow cake recipe and add 1 tsp of cinnamon to the dry mixture. Make sure it’s incorporated well by whisking it into the flour mix. Or if you have any cinnamon chips handy, throw those in there instead. Make the recipe as directed and scoop into cupcake pans lined with liners.
Grab another bowl and make a crumb topping –
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Pinch of salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
In a medium bowl, combine the flour with the brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the melted butter, then pinch the mixture until it forms pea-size clumps.
Sprinkle the crumb topping on top of each cup. Add as little or as much as you’d like. I usually add a lot. 😀 Bake your cupcakes as directed but add another 5 mins to make sure the crumb topping gets all baked up.
Pull out of the oven and let cool.
I added a cinnamon cream cheese frosting on the cupcake you see up there.
Cream Cheese frosting
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy and fluffy, about 3 mins. Beat in the vanilla, then gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar. Add the cinnamon. Beat again on medium-high for another minute. Store in the refrigerator after use.
I used a 1M tip to pipe a zig zag on top of the cooled cupcakes but you can also just spread some on with a regular ol butter knife. Then sprinkle on some colored sprinkles in the Mardi Gras colors of green, purple and gold (yellow).
If you don’t have a lot of time, you can always use a boxed yellow cake mix (I recommend Duncan Hines All Butter Yellow Cake) or I’ve seen some Crumb muffin mixes in the store. Just bake those on up and make your buttercream from scratch.
Let the good times roll people!