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Spiced Apple Cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Spiced Apple Cupcakes:

3 cups Cup4Cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground clove

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

2 1/2 cups grated apples, drained well

Whipped Goat Cheese Frosting:

8 ounces fresh goat cheese, room temperature

4 ounces butter, room temperature

1/4 cup powdered sugar

For Bacon Sprinkles:

Bacon, sliced

Instructions

For the Cupcakes:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

3. In a bowl, mix all dry ingredients together: Cup4Cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, clove, granulated sugar and brown sugar.

4. Add the oil and eggs to the bowl. Whisk to combine well.

5. Fold in grated apples. Note: be sure to wring out most of the liquid from the grated apples before measuring.

6. Divide the batter into lined cupcake pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until apple cupcakes are golden brown.

For the Frosting:

1. In a stand up mixer, whip the softened goat cheese at medium speed for 3 minutes.

2. Add in softened butter and powdered sugar while whipping on medium speed.

3. Allow the mixture to whip for another 2-3 minutes.

For the Bacon Sprinkles:

1. Grind bacon on a medium small die in a meat grinder. If you do not have a meat grinder, chop up sliced bacon very finely with a knife.

2. Cook bacon in a sauté pan over medium heat until bacon is crispy.

3. Place cooked bacon on a paper towel lined tray to cool and dry.

4. Store in a plastic container until ready to sprinkle on top of frosted cupcakes.

Chef’s Notes:

• If you’d like to season the bacon sprinkles or candy them slightly, once they are hot off the skillet, place crispy bacon into a bowl and toss with your choice of seasoning and/or sugar.

• Be sure to use fresh goat’s milk cheese to get the proper texture and milder flavored frosting.

• We used local cheese producer Andante Dairy’s fresh goat’s milk based cheese, available at Whole Foods.

• For more flavor, add in cracked black pepper or ground ginger.