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Easter Apple Cupcakes

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Today I was lying on my bedroom floor, staring at the ceiling (procrastinating) and thinking, “Why do things in life have to be so difficult?”

Conventional wisdom has it that if everything in life was easy and happy, we would never know satisfaction because we never had to work for our success. But is that really true? I don’t see many billionaire offsprings declaring that their wealth is not bringing them satisfaction and giving it all away so that they can enjoy the “process”… In fact, they seem pretty darn happy to me.

If I could achieve success without much work, I will be equally satisfied than if I had worked my ass off. Maybe even more because it cost me less heartbreak and effort. (i’d be like, “In yo face! A+ from studying the night before!” ) I am a firm subscriber to the belief: Work smart, not hard.

Saving time gives you more time to spend on those important to you. 🙂
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This lesson can be applied even in baking! When baking, I do my best to ensure that only one bowl gets into contact with any oily ingredients (eg: butter, yogurt), it makes cleaning up much easier. It also helps to lay newspapers around your mixer if you have a hand mixer that splashes merrily with each mixing. Choosing a mixing bowl that facilitates pouring also makes filling muffin cups so much easier. Planning ahead will help you measure out all the ingredients without having to rewash measurement cups because you measured out the 1/2 cup of yogurt before the sugar. I’m lazy that way. 😛

With Easter coming up soon I really wanted to make some Easter cupcakes to commemorate the occasion. But I really didn’t have much time, and pretty cupcakes tend to be time consuming and difficult. Life becomes so much simpler when you can make pretty cupcakes within an hour, saving time on the decoration with store bought wrappers and saving time on the cupcakes with an add all together and mix recipe (no egg separation for me today). It definitely loses out on the craftmanship and intricate creative design… but it’s equally satisfying with cheery colours and a mouthful of delicious spring.

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Easter Apple Cupcakes 

Note: These are dense and moist cupcakes, so if you’re the fluffy spongecake kind of girl/guy, this might not be your cup of cake. 

adapted from: Just Putzing Around The Kitchen

Ingredients:
(Cupcakes)
– 1 cup and 3 tbsp  all-purpose flour

– 1 tbsp corn starch

– 3/4 cup granulated sugar

– 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder

– 1 tsp table salt

– 1 stick butter softened

– 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

– 2 large eggs.

– 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

– Half an apple, diced (pieces do not have to be equal size, as long as they’re small it’ll do.)

(Nutella Buttercream Frosting)
1 cup Nutella

– 1 stick butter, softened

– 1 cup powdered sugar

Steps:
(1) Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Line muffin tin with Easter cupcake liners.
(2) In a large bowl, whisk softened butter with a hand mixer until soft and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix (mixture will have little lumps of butter). Finally, add yogurt and beat on low until smooth (i found that the mixture splashed out of the mixing bowl, so i just used a spoon and stirred it quickly until mixed).
(3) Mix together dry ingredients and beat it into the eggy yogurty mixture. Do not over mix, stop the moment mixture is homogenized. Stir in apple cubes.
(4) Divide batter evenly among cups of prepared tin.
** Cups should be about 2/3 full.
(5) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cupcake tops are pale gold and springy.
(6) Remove cupcakes from the tin and transfer to a wire rack to cool while you make your frosting.
(7) In a medium bowl, cream together butter, Nutella and powdered sugar. You can frost with a piping bag+tip but if you’re really short on time, using a knife to spread the frosting on top the cupcake will work too.
** I used a lot of Nutella because I don’t fancy the taste of butter and sugar, but you may have to adjust it according to your own palette.

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Written by Musingsat

April 3, 2012 at 6:24 am

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