I believe that I’m a muffin person more so than a cupcake person. Muffins seem to be less work, more humble, and are at least somewhat capable of providing flavor without a lot of sugar so I can dupe myself into thinking that the morsel I’m about to pop into my mouth is good for me. Then I can have two.
Realistically, the only other big difference between a muffin and a cupcake is frosting, isn’t it? Well, and all those cutesy decorations everyone’s putting on cupcakes these days. Both muffins and cupcakes are transportable, which makes foisting the leftover onto unsuspecting co-workers expected, but when you travel with top-heavy cupcakes, don’t they usually end up on the floor of your car when you brake to avoid the bumper of the person in front of you who didn’t see the red light because she was putting on her make up while driving? Muffins would survive that trip to the floor unfazed and looking just as comely as they did before the mishap.
But I think I’ve found a happy medium. Something with pieces of fruit, nuts, some spice…and a lovely cream cheese frosting. Humble, not cloyingly sweet, and very satisfying. And yes, sporting a bit of a decoration as well. Have you ever made your own apple chips?
You won’t have to grab a second because these are anything but bite-sized. In fact, you’ll need a friend to share one with. I’m sharing mine with Fanny of Foodbeam for SHF: Cupcakes the Final Chapter. They’re definitely…
Not. Just. Pretty.