Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream
These Snickerdoodle cupcakes are super moist and taste just like a fresh baked snickerdoodle cookie.
My family had noticed I had not been making nearly as many sweet treats lately, and they were begging for me to fire up my mixer and bake something! So, essentially these Snickerdoole cupcakes were, “just because” cupcakes. My family are BIG fans of the Snickerdoole cookie, and I had recently pinned a Snickerdoodle Cake that I’ve been dreaming about. I decided to cut that recipe in half for a dozen Snickerdoodle cupcakes.
These Snickerdoodle cupcakes are super moist and taste just like a fresh baked snickerdoodle cookie. Topped with a crown of Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Buttercream, it’s a tasty combo you don’t want to miss . I think this recipe will quickly become a most requested cake in our family and happens to be one of my own personal favorites.
You know I often make cakes and cupcakes that start with a box mix, but this “from scratch” recipe is super simple to make, and I’m even thinking it would be a great idea to mix all the dry ingredients in a jar and gift during the holidays with the recipe attached! These cupcakes are sure to satisfy the Snickerdoodle lovers in your life.
Grab your apron and let’s get baking! (full recipe at the end)
One of the nice things about making cupcakes from scratch is, you can easily cut the recipe in half, to make just 12 cupcakes. Preheat your oven to 350° and line your muffin tin with twelve cute cupcake liners.
Sift dry ingredients; flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.
Using a large bowl cream butter and sugar, then add eggs, and vanilla.
Alternating, add dry ingredients and milk in 3 batches, beating until combined after each addition. This means; add about 1/3 of the flour mixture until combined, then add about 1/2 the milk and mix until it’s incorporated, keep going using another 1/3 of the flour, then the remaining milk and finally the remaining flour – just make sure to mix well before each addition. ( Adding dry and wet ingredients alternately to cake batter helps to keep gluten from forming. Gluten can cause the cake’s texture to become tough, as does over mixing. Adding those ingredients a little at a time preserves the air bubbles, which in turn make your cake light )
**If you like to taste batter, now would be a good time
Use an ice cream scooper to divide batter evenly into the prepared cupcake pan, filling each about two thirds of the way full.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Allow cupcakes to cool on wire racks, then frost with Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Butter Cream (recipe below)
See! Super Easy.
NOTE: My husband grabbed one to eat un-frosted and said they were delicious that way as well. If you would like your cupcakes un-frosted ….. after scooping batter into cupcake wells, sprinkle the top of each with a little cinnamon and sugar before putting the cupcakes in the oven.
- 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
- 3/4 cup Cake Flour
- 1/2 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 3/4 cup milk
- 6 Tablespoons butter, softened
- 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon (a little more for garnish)
- 1½ cups Powdered Sugar
- 1½ Tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream
- Heat oven to 350° and line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- In a medium bowl, sift both flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, until well incorporated. Be sure to stop and scrape the sides of the bowl when needed. Add vanilla.
- With mixer on medium low, alternate, adding dry mixture and milk in 3 batches, starting with the flour and ending with flour.
- Divide batter evenly into cupcake liners, filling each two thirds full.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
- Cool on wire rack.
- Cupcakes can be stored up to 2 days at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, whip butter for 5-8 minutes on medium speed (I set my KitchenAid mixer on speed 4). Butter will become pale and creamy.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 5 minutes. Frosting will be very light and fluffy.
- To finish, scoop into a pastry bag fitted with an extra large plain tip (Ateco No. 809 or Wilton No. 1A), pipe frosting on each cupcake: Hold bag over cupcake with tip just above top, and squeeze to create a large puff of frosting, then release pressure and pull up to form a peak. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are frosted; keep at room temperature until ready to serve.
VARIATION: If you would like un-frosted cupcakes, after placing batter in each cupcake well, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake as directed.
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