1 Cinna-Swirl Sticky Bun Cupcakes Dana Carvell (3BoysUnprocessed)
2 Yes, I m still #Betterbaking! And yes, it just got 1,000 times yummier with these Cinn-Swirl Sticky Bun Cupcakes that take
3 two wonderful baked goods and smear them together to create a pretty, decadent, and fall inspired treat like no other IN THE HISTORY of HISTORY! Now, hold onto your britches because we aren t stopping there! These cinnamon-y cupcake delights are topped with Cream Cheese Icing that is naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. Is this real life? A completely pipe-able, smooth, and delicious icing that stays in tact without the use of 10x sugar? My baking life is now complete! Two things: Yes, this really happened! And yes, I will be using this method to make icing from here on out during our #Betterbaking series. You know, that little thing I created to help people cut processed ingredients like Cool Whip, and Jell-O Pudding Packets out of their lives forever? Cool Whip and it s trans fats be gone forevs!
4 So how is it that I can put maple syrup aka something liquid, into cream cheese and still be able to pipe it onto a cupcake
5 in a smooth and delicious looking way? Tapioca Starch! I know, I know, this sounds like some crazy health freak ingredient, but remember that pudding? You know, the one nobody wanted to eat in Elementary School because it was orange and confusing? Yep, that pudding is thickened with the same ingredient so apparently it isn t so weird and heath freak after all. You can find it at almost any grocery store in the organic section or baking section and it works just like cornstarch, minus the whole GMO corn ingredient thing. Tapioca Starch will dissolve JUST LIKE 10x sugar, and tighten your icing up perfectly so it isn t dripping down the sides of your cupcakes and making you scream I hate Pinterest for giving me this horrible idea! If you aren t too keen on using a new ingredient, go ahead and look for an organic 10x sugar, or a Non-GMO certified cornstarch to use in place. In my Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Cupcakes, I used an organic 10x sugar so those measurements are over there if you d like to go that route. But seriously, how perfect is that icing?
6 Now, let s talk cake because I love me some cinnamon cupcakes to remind me that it is indeed fall and I do need more
7 cinnamon in my life like right now! I took a basic vanilla cupcake recipe and divided the batter in half so I could add LOTS of cinnamon and a hint of molasses and vanilla to the batter to make the swirl. Got it? Don t worry, everything you need to know is in the recipe. If you aren t really feeling the extra time to make the swirl, just go ahead and add the extra stuff to the batter. My swirl wasn t quite as swirly as I would have liked it to be, but I still ended up with a double colored cupcake that was pretty. A girl can t have everything I suppose. Now that we ve got that out of the way I m going to share some MORE cute-ness in the form of a really cute baby that just happens to be of my making. Usually I don t share pictures of my kids, but this was just TOO cute not to share. Not only that, my 3 year old asked me if he could have the pretty cupcake. See, my boys are coming around!