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Apple & maple syrup cupcakes

6
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6
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
1 hr 20 min
Serves
12
Difficulty
Easy
Luckily there's more than one way to sweeten a cake. We've used alternatives to table sugar so you can enjoy a yummy treat.

Ingredients

Apple(s)

2 medium, peeled, cored and finely chopped

Low Fat Spread

125 g

Maple Syrup

130 g

Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoons, level

Egg, whole, raw

2 medium, raw

Plain White Flour

200 g

Baking powder

1 teaspoons, level

Mixed Spice

1 teaspoons, level

Low Fat Soft Cheese

100 g

Maple Syrup

1½ tablespoons

Apple(s)

2 medium, red, very thinly sliced, pips removed

Ground Cinnamon

1 pinch, for dusting

Low Fat Spread

30 g

Maple Syrup

1½ tablespoons

Mixed Spice

teaspoons, level

Instructions

  1. Put the chopped apples in a pan with a splash of cold water. Cover and simmer over a moderate heat for 8-10 minutes until soft. Remove from the heat and roughly mash with the back of a fork. Leave to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas mark 5. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Put the low-fat spread, maple syrup and vanilla in a freestanding mixer and beat well until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well between each addition.
  3. Fold in the flour, baking powder and mixed spice until you have a smooth batter, then fold through the mashed apple.
  4. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake for 20 minutes, or until risen and golden. Leave to cool completely.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to 120°C, fan 100°C, gas mark ½. For the decoration, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, then lay the apple slices in a single layer. Dust with the cinnamon, then bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until crisp. Set aside to cool and crisp up even more.
  6. Make the frosting. Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined, then chill for 1 hour in the fridge to firm up. Spread over the cupcakes and top with a dried apple slice.

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