Maple Syrup Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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maple syrup cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
12 portions


For the cupcakes:

  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 125g softened butter
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 80g sugar
  • 50g soft dark brown sugar
  • 60ml semi skimmed or whole milk
  • 30ml pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
  • 12 cupcake cases

For the frosting:

  • 200g cream cheese, softened
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 50ml pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)


For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4
  2. Beat the butter with a wooden spoon in a large bowl until soft and pale. Gradually add the sugar and brown sugar until fully combined.
  3. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Slowly add the eggs to the butter and sugar. Add the maple syrup to the mixture. Mix well.
  4. Stir in the flour in 2 or 3 batches adding a spoon of milk alternately until combined. Tap the edge of the bowl to get any excess flour into the mixture. You are looking for a smooth consistency.
  5. Place 12 cupcake cases into a cupcake tin. Divide the mixture generously between the 12 cases being careful not to overfill.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes – have a quick check after 16 to ensure they are baking evenly. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack. Leave to cool ready to ice later.

For the frosting:

  1. Add the cream cheese and butter to a bowl. Beat on high until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the vanilla and syrup. Start off slow, then increase the mixer speed to high. Beat until very fluffy, and syrup is mixed in well.
  3. Gradually add the icing sugar in and whisk until smooth.
  4. Use immediately, or store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Chilled frosting will need to be brought to room temperature and whipped again so it will spread smoothly.

The deliciously sweet maple cupcakes, topped with a decadent cream cheese and maple syrup frosting, are the perfect weekend bake! 

With a preparation time of just 30 minutes and only a handful of simple instructions, these maple cupcakes serve as a great introduction to baking for kids. The rich flavours of maple are not only used in the frosting but are also incorporated into the batter, adding a touch of natural sweetness to the cupcakes. The cream cheese and maple syrup frosting is made by simply mixing the two ingredients together, along with butter, vanilla extract and icing sugar, to form a smooth frosting ready for spreading over the freshly baked cupcakes. The perfect treat for serving as an afternoon snack alongside a warm cup of tea. 

Enjoy making this maple cupcake recipe? Make sure to check out the rest of our range of maple syrup cakes! 

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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More about maple

The colour and flavour of maple syrup changes in subtle ways during the seasonal harvest

At the start of the sugaring season, the syrup is generally clear, with a light, sweet taste. It becomes darker with a caramelised flavour as the season progresses throughout the spring.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

Maple spread doesn't contain any butter or dairy products

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple spread comes from the sap of the maple tree that’s all.

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