CINNAMON PECAN CUPCAKES WITH CARMELA POP!

Walnut5Hello, hello, hello! I want to introduce you to my lovely friend Ana who happens to be the baking guru behind Carmela Pop! If you are in need of a fun baking site that mixes amazing flavors & super approachable recipes, Ana has your back! Since Fall is here (HOORAY!), we wanted to bring in the baking expert to get us inspired about baking this season. What better way to celebrate than with cupcakes?! Read on & enjoy! xoxo – LK


Hi gals! I’m Ana and today we are going to be making pecan cinnamon pecan cupcakes because there is something about pecans that make every moment feel a little bit more special and every treat feel a bit more put together. I love them, I’m basically a hoarder of everything that makes my treats taste better and pecans are definitely on the top of my list, also you don’t have to know how to bake to create a delicious pecan dessert, the pecans do all the work for you, they infuse the dessert with lots of flavor while making you look  like a serious cook, consider them a magical ingredient.

But pecans can’t do all their magic alone, they need a sidekick, a fall sidekick, more like a spicy delicious warm sidekick, enter the cinnamon. Pecans and cinnamon go together like, well like pecans and cinnamon. They are a match made in heaven and will take your taste buds straight to fall.

Usually I love adding the cinnamon to the cupcake mixture, right before baking, but today we are going to be making it different and instead of putting the cinnamon in the cupcake we are going to put it on top of it, more like on the frosting, which takes us to the next thing

Walnut4This cinnamon vanilla frosting is the best thing you are going to have in your entire life!!! yes it’s that good and I needed to add all the exclamation points, it’s perfect, ultra fluffy and and piles high on your cupcake, it not to sweet so it’s not overpowering and it has tiny little freckles of cinnamon that make it look a million times cuter. I’m a frosting lover and believe that frosting should be a diet staple, so one I say this is a keeper you know I’m being serious. Making it is extremely easy, but if you can check tips + tricks for a killer buttercream at home on my blog.

When decorating your treats be sure to really wait until your cupcakes are really cool down (I’m watching you trying to decorate them while they are hot, don’t do it trust me, been there, done that, hot mess) this ensures that everything holds better and that you end up with a better frosting shape. Then after you pipe it add a little bit of cinnamon to the top to really make all the flavor shine.

And yes, this is going to be become your new fall staple, you can thank me later!

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INGREDIENTS:

– 1 1/2 Cup flour
– 1 Cup sugar
– 1/2 Cup butter
– 1/2 Cup milk
– 1 Egg
– 2 Yolks
– 1 Tsp vanilla extract
– 1 1/2 Tsp baking Powder
– 1/2 Cup chopped walnuts

*Makes 12 cupcakes

FOR THE FROSTING:

– 1 Cup butter
– 3 Cups confectioners sugar
– 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– Cinnamon to decorate

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tray with paper liners.
2. Whisk together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add the butter, milk egg, yolks and vanilla and continue mixing until the batter is shinny.
3. Incorporate the chopped walnuts with the help of a spatula
4. Divide the batter between the cupcake liners and place the tray in the oven.
5. Bake for 15 – 2o minutes or until done.
6. Remove from the oven and let them cool.
7. Meanwhile whip the butter for 3 minutes. Add the confectioners sugar, the vanilla and the cinnamon and continue mixing for 5 minutes or until fluffy.
8. Place the frosting in a pipping bag and decorate the cupcakes.
9. Sprinkles with more cinnamon and serve!

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Thank you so much Ana for this amazing recipe! To follow her baking adventures, check out her instagram!