Cinnamon Swirl Cupcakes



The Story:         
            One of my mother’s friends made an order last week.  “No chocolate and no berries.”  That’s all she said.  So this little beauty is what came of that.
Cakes:
French Vanilla  or Vanilla Cake Mix
3 eggs
½ cup oil
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons white sugar
½ tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
butter
cinnamon sugar
Cinnamon Buttercream:
8 ounces cream cheese
½ cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk (if needed)
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
Cinnamon sugar to decorate
Directions:
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners (about 24).
2.     In a large bowl, mix oil, eggs, vanilla and almond together. 
3.    Sift (for easy mixing) in about ½ of the of the cake mix and stir only  until combined.
4.    Add buttermilk and sour cream.
5.    Sift in the last half of the cake mix and fill cupcake liners ¼ full. 
6.   Combine sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle generously over batter. 
7.    Fill liners again over the cinnamon mixture with batter until ¾ full.
8.   Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
9.   For an extra crunch, run a stick of butter over the rim of each hot cupcake when it comes out of the oven and then roll in cinnamon sugar. 
10.Cinnamon Buttercream: Beat cream cheese and butter for 2 minutes.  Then add powdered sugar, milk, cinnamon and vanilla.  Let beat for 3-5 minutes.  If too stiff—add more milk.  If too thin—add more powdered sugar.
11.   Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and sprinkle cinnamon sugar to top.  

12 thoughts on “Cinnamon Swirl Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Heather Smoke says:

    This is just stunning! Yesterday, I was thinking about the Cinnamon-Sugar Toast my mom used to make for me when I was sick, and I thought it would be a wonderful theme for a cupcake. These are gorgeous!
    http://www.curlygirlkitchen.com/

  2. 2
    ~Judy~ says:

    These look amazing….too pretty to eat!!!

  3. 3
    diney says:

    Fantastic!

    How do you transport all of the cupcakes to an event?

  4. 4
    Ange says:

    I love anything cinnamon flavored. I have to make these and I love that you use a doctored-up cake mix to make these.

  5. 5
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Diney- for a big event like a wedding, I use these huge tupperwares that hold about 48 cupcakes each, and then I pipe and decoratencupcakes on site.

  6. 6
    Emily says:

    I would have thought every cupcake idea was already thought of but you keep coming up with these gorgeous creations.

  7. 7
    SJ says:

    Lizzy, these look incredible! Def going to try these next on my list!

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    so gooooood goign to make and sell them

  9. 9
    B & J Williams says:

    I made these for my family and they just loved them! One question, how do you adjust baking times when you want to make mini cupcakes instead of full sized ones?

    Thanks!

    Janel

  10. 10
    B & J Williams says:

    I made these for my family and they just loved them! One question, how do you adjust baking times when you want to make mini cupcakes instead of full sized ones?

    Thanks!

    Janel

  11. 11
    B & J Williams says:

    I made these for my family and they just loved them! One question, how do you adjust baking times when you want to make mini cupcakes instead of full sized ones?

    Thanks!

    Janel

  12. 12
    Jill says:

    Just added this buttercream to the mexican hot chocolate cupcakes and WOW they were amazing!

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