February 12, 2014

Mini Cinnamon Donut Cupcakes

This is the first of two (2) posts that utilize the same recipe - but baked differently.  Originally I was going to make a baked mini donut, but because I have a mini-cupcake maker that literally heats up in about 2-3 minutes on my counter and bakes little cupcakes in about 5 minutes, I usually end up baking mini cupcakes out of almost any cake, bread, muffin or donut batter I have in front of me.

This recipe trial ended up to be a tasty donut flavored cupcake with a cinnamon streusel topping.  Usually I do a typical dry streusel mix to top and bake but this time I tried a streusel you bake separate and then crumble on top.  I'm not a huge fan of it as it was more work for the same taste and I think a typical crumbled topping adheres better.  These crumbs stick with the help of the icing glaze.

They were a huge hit - and every last one was gone that morning... one I will be happy to make again.

Mini Cinnamon Donut Cupcakes/Muffins

1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
3/4 t baking powder
1/4 t nutmeg
dash salt
scant 1/3 c milk or half and half
1 egg
3 T butter
1 t vanilla

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt in a bowl.  In a microwave safe container heat the milk, butter and vanilla until the butter melts.  Whisk in the egg and add to the dry mix in the bowl.  Stir just until blended.  Grease or line a mini muffin tin or use your mini cupcake baker.  If you are using a dry topping streusel mix top them now before baking.  If you are using the topping I used in the photo above, bake your cupcakes at 350 for about 8 minutes until done and spring back when touched gently.

Streusel Topping:

4 T butter
1/2 c flour
1/3 c brown sugar
1/4 t cinnamon

Mash topping together with your fingers until it forms a paste.  Spread on foil on a baking sheet and bake about 6-10 minutes.  When it spreads and is starting to get a little hard around the edges, remove and let cool on the counter.  After the cupcakes are done, dip tops in glaze and crumble pieces of the streusel on top.

1 c powdered sugar
2 T milk, water or cream
dash of vanilla

If you've used a dry streusel, you can drizzle the glaze over with a spoon or ziploc baggy with the corner snipped.


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