I'm really quite pleased with this recipe. I was doing some chores one morning recently, and thought to myself "a cupcake that tastes like my favourite instant oatmeal would probably be really good". I was quite sure I could make an easy maple buttercream frosting, so the next step was the cupcakes themselves. My elevation gave me some real challenges this time, so after I had the recipe working I had two family members test it for me, as they both live at sea level. Came out even better for them than it had for me!
- 1/4 C boiling water
- 1/4 C old-fashioned oats (not "quick cooking")
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp butter, softened
- 1 1/2 Tbsp beaten egg
- 1/2 tsp 100% real maple syrup (not Mrs Butterworth's, Log Cabin, Aunt Jemima, or other "breakfast syrups")
- 1/2 C flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
2. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over oats, stir so that all oats are wet, and set aside to cool.
3. In a medium bowl cream together sugars and butter. Beat in egg and maple syrup. Stir in oats.
4. Combine dry ingredients and add to batter. Blend until just combined, do not overmix.
5. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups, and bake at 350°F for 19-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes to cooling rack and allow to cool completely before icing.
Maple Buttercream Frosting:
- 4 Tbsp butter, softened
- 2 Tbsp 100% real maple syrup (again, not "breakfast syrup")
- 1 C powdered sugar
Robyn's notes: high altitude may have to increase flour measurement to 2/3 C. These will be just a little bit muffiny, but the frosting is so sweet that I think it makes up for that. And since this is oatmeal, it could even be an excuse for cupcakes for breakfast, right? Breakfast syrups have little or even zero actual maple syrup in them, and the main ingredient--hfcs--won't have the same reaction in baking as real maple syrup will, so the pure product is necessary. After taking the picture I sprinkled some maple sugar on top of one of the cupcakes, since I had it in the house, and it was great! But as that's a specialty ingredient I didn't mention it in the recipe.
**** 4 Stars: Very Good. Enjoyed by us both, I will make this frequently.
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