It’s back to school time. My two youngest children are in middle school this year, so we are prepping for all the chaos and activity which that entails. New teachers, picking out the perfect backpack, and finding just the right outfit for the first day of school. And while fall is my favorite time of year, I really do love spending summer vacation with my kids. Everyone is growing up so fast and it’s nice being able to spend so much quality time with my kids. So I always meet each new school year with a mix of excitement and a touch of sadness.
One tradition that I’ve always liked to do is to have a special homemade treat waiting for the kids when they get home on the first day of school. It varies from year to year, but this year I’ve decided to make these spice cupcakes with maple cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Kids always love a cupcake and so do I!
This frosting is a home run! The flavors are on point for the season and since I use cream cheese it’s not overly sweet. Maple and cinnamon are a classic combination and pairs perfectly with so many flavors of cake. I love the way the warm spicy flavors of carrot cake, pumpkin, or your favorite spice cake matches with the creamy maple cinnamon flavor of this frosting. I used this frosting recipe for some apple pie cupcakes I made last Thanksgiving and everyone loved them! I just made a basic yellow cake and filled each cupcake with homemade apple pie filling and topped them with this maple cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Those cupcakes did not last long at the dessert table.
I start this frosting off the way I usually start any buttercream. I cream together my butter and cream cheese until nice and smooth and then I add the cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and pure maple syrup. I whip all that up until nice and fluffy and then I slowly add my powdered sugar, about a cup at a time. I never just dump all the sugar in at one time because I like to make sure it’s not too sweet and the the consistency is what I’m looking for.
Buttercream frostings are fairly simple to make but they do take some playing around with to get just right. I always write my recipes for any buttercream with exact measurements but sometimes it does take a bit of an eye to gauge the right consistency you want in your frosting. So you might wind up using less powdered sugar than expected or maybe even a tad bit more maple syrup. It all depends on how stiff or how soft you like your frosting. So play around and do some tasting when making this recipe. I hope you like it as much as myself and my kids do.
Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces of softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup softened butter (1 stick)
4 Cups powdered sugar
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
1 Tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together the cream cheese and butter until nice and fluffy.
Add the vanilla, maple syrup,cinnamon, and a pinch of salt and mix until smooth.
Slowly add the powdered sugar, adding one cup at a time until it is the consistency you like.
Mix on medium high for for about 5 minutes until it’s nice and fluffy.