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These cupcakes are basically hand-held cake-y cinnamon rolls. Right down to the cinnamon swirl. Topping them with cream cheese frosting makes these the real deal. Spicy cinnamon, brown sugar, and the cooling cream cheese frosting make these cupcakes just scrumptious.
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Put paper liners into two 12-count muffin tins (recipe makes roughly 16 so just use 16 liners).
For the cinnamon swirl:
Stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt until smooth (the butter may separate that’s okay). Set aside.
For the cupcakes:
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and set the bowl aside.
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until smooth (about 3 minutes). Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a measuring cup, pour in the milk and vanilla. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and 1/3 of the milk mixture into the butter/sugar/egg mixture and beat until combined. Repeat these steps twice with the rest of the flour and milk mixture until batter is mixed thoroughly.
Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons (I used a mini ice cream scooper) into each of the cupcake liners in the prepared muffin pan. Stir the cinnamon swirl to make sure butter is combined, then pour a small spoonful (about 1/2 a tablespoon) of the cinnamon swirl mixture onto the tops of the cupcake batter. Add another 1 1/2 tablespoon of cupcake batter on top of the cinnamon swirl and add another small spoonful (about 1/2 a tablespoon) of the cinnamon swirl on top of the cupcakes.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick poked into a cupcake comes out clean. Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting:
In a medium-sized bowl beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Then add the confectioners’ sugar, salt and vanilla until it forms a smooth mixture. Frost your cupcakes and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Enjoy!
Perfect for a summer picnic.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!