Maple Syrup and Birthday Cupcakes

This past weekend a good friend from high school was visiting Boston. K had a conference here last week and stayed to hang out this weekend. On top of hanging out with friends, Butler made it to the Final Four! K went to Butler and is the president of his local alumni club!


On Saturday we decided to partake in some local fun by heading up to New Hampshire to go to a maple house where they boil maple syrup. We had beautiful weather on Saturday. It was a bit chilly but sunny and not a cloud in the sky. After arriving at the Grant Family Maple House, we had some food and got in line to learn all about how maple syrup is made.


What we learned is that the sap from the trees has about 2-3% sugar in it straight from the tree. At that percentage, it would take 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup!! So they first condense the sap until it reaches about 8% sugar. The sap is then boiled to evaporate off the water.


Once the temperature reads 7 degrees above the boiling point of water, you have syrup! The guy in the maple house even explained how they use a baraometer on the wall to get the barometric pressure so they know the exact boiling temperature of water for that given day. It was all very scientific and extremely interesting.


The small bottles of maple syrup were a sample from each batch they had made at the maple house this season. The guy explained that as the season goes on, the syrup tends to get darker due to the change in the amount of sugar in the sap.


Of course, we had to get some maple products while we were there. Obviously, maple syrup. We also got some maple candies, some maple sugar, and some maple pepper. Can’t wait to find creative ways to use the sugar and pepper. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know!


Also, since K’s birthday was last week, I made him some cupcakes to celebrate. I went with my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe. I love that you can whip these up by dirtying only one bowl and using a whisk! I dipped them in some ganache and topped with festive sprinkles. Aren’t they pretty?

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17 Responses to “Fauxstess Cupcakes”

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    Maryanna — April 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    These are darling!

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    Kerstin — April 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Adorable – I love the cupcake liners!

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    Anali — April 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    These look great! I’ve got to try them soon! ; )

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    oneparticularkitchen — April 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    How adorable! Oh The Yankee would just eat these up.

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    Mermaid Sweets — April 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I have been wanting to try these too – nice post, I love the photos.

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    Maria — April 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    They look perfect! YUM!

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    Jamie — April 10, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Sooo freaking adorable! I have these liners, so I will be making these in the very near future!!! Well done!!!

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    rickdog — April 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Find more Fauxstess Cupcakes in my recipe blog search:
    HERE

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    Sarah — April 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    So cute and yum!

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    Stephanie Wagner — April 11, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Could these be any cuter?? I love the idea of home baking classic favorites like this!

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    oneordinaryday — April 11, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    This looks perfect! Yum!
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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    kitchenbelle — April 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Great job! Your cupcakes are perfect! They look just like Hostess except SO MUCH BETTER! Your ganache is so nice and shiny!

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    Jigginjessica — April 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I love these cupcakes! They have been on my to try list forever and I think that maybe today might be the day I finally try them.

    Also, I didn’t even realize you had less swirls, shows how well I know a hostess cupcake!

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    bcallegra — April 20, 2009 at 1:56 am

    I made them this weekend and am now officially addicted to the filling – it reminds me of marshmallow creme! Although my cupcakes (and pictures) pale in comparison to your version, I need to thank you once again for supplying me with a great recipe.

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    Simply Inviting Weddings — November 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I searched all over for a recipe like this and didn’t want to use marshmallow creme for the filling! These are amazing- my family was fighting over them. Thanks for sharing!

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    Seantellc — April 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    so in your recipe you say to put the batter into the wells of a muffin tin coated with non-stick spray. Does that mean not use cupcake liners, or does that mean to spray the liners with non-stick spray?

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    beantownbaker — April 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Sorry, I’ll fix the recipe. You don’t need to spray the cupcake liners.

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