This weekend I was expecting houseguests and wanted to offer them a homemade treat. I figured a nice breakfast muffincake would be a good option, as it would work for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack. However, I didn't know what kind I wanted to make, so I headed to my kitchen without a recipe and scoped out the ingredients. I was treading dangerously — no recipe — but I ended up with deliciously, moist apple-date muffincakes. If you'd like to see what I did, as well as what went wrong — so wrong that the cakes themselves were laughing at me and I've got the photo to prove it! — read more.
A Kitchen Experiment by YumSugar
1 cup chopped and pitted dates [I had 14 Medjool dates]
1 apple, peeled, cored, and grated
1/2 cup apple cider
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup organic white sugar
4 oz. cinnamon applesauce
1 stick of butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp. milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 18 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
- In a medium bowl place dates and apple. Pour apple juice on top. Let soak for 15-30 minutes [I soaked it until I was ready to use them.]
- In another medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together. Set aside.
- In a mixer, cream butter and sugars together.
- Add applesauce, mix thoroughly.
- Add eggs, one at a time. Making sure each one is fully incorporated.
- Gently add in 1/3 of flour mixture. When incorporated add in 1/3 of date mixture (including liquid). Mix completely. Continue until all flour and date mixture is incorporated.
- Completely fill each cupcake liner with batter. You should be able to fill 18 liners.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. You want the tops to be slightly golden brown.
- While baking, make frosting (aka glaze). For the glaze, mix all ingredients in a large bowl until creamy. Adjust sugar amount as necessary. Do not try to frost your cakes before they are cooled. This will result in a glaze. Mine were glazed, but I was actually hoping for a dollop of frosting. As you can see, one is laughing at me for not waiting.