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The Best-Ever Maple Syrup Cupcakes Recipe

Brenda loves a sweet treat. If she's going to have dessert, she wants it to be a yummy homemade one like the one from this recipe!

A Maple Syrup Recipe For Cupcakes

I love maple syrup. Real maple syrup, that is, and when I find a recipe that includes this natural product, I am thrilled. It is with great pleasure then that I am happy to be able to share with you a discovery that I made in February of 2006 for the best-ever maple syrup cupcake recipe.

What is maple syrup? Why it is a natural product made from the sap of maple trees found in parts of Canada and the United States. When I grew up we went to the sugar bush every single spring to see maple syrup being made.

People most commonly use maple syrup to dress their pancakes, waffles and French toast. However, it can be used in many meals and recipes, like these amazing maple syrup cupcakes, my best-ever carrot cake, baked beans and so much more.

This recipe is from Country Living Magazine, an issue that, if I remember correctly, highlighted a few interesting maple syrup recipes. The next time I make these yummy cupcakes, I will be sure to add a picture of my results with the warning that my cooking is usually yummy but often not pretty! Meanwhile, I will share this picture of the cupcakes from Country Living. I hope you enjoy this springtime treat!

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The Best-Ever Maple Cupcake Recipe - Makes 18 of the best cupcakes!


2 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 stick or 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup light-brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/4 cups maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped


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  • Preheat your oven 350 degrees F.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ginger together. Set aside.
  • Then beat the butter and sugar on medium speed in a large bowl until they are fluffy. (Your butter must be soft!)
  • Add in eggs, syrup and vanilla. Mix until blended.
  • Then mix in the flour mixture alternating with the buttermilk. Do about one-third of the flour and then one-third of the buttermilk, and so on.
  • Add in, by hand, the nuts.
  • Fill muffin or cupcake tins, either lined or buttered, according to your preference.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes or until your tester comes out clean. I use a steak knife.
  • Cool totally and then ice with Maple-Butter Frosting.
  • Makes about 18 cupcakes.

Maple-Butter Frosting Recipe


1 cup of softened, unsalted butter

3 ounces of cream cheese, also softened

2/3 cup of dark-brown sugar (I use golden)

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup of maple syrup

3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 cup of confectioners' (icing) sugar


  • Beat the softened butter, cream cheese, brown sugar and salt in a medium-sized bowl until fluffy. Once again, it is critical that your ingredients be softened.
  • While you keep beating, add both the maple syrup and the vanilla.
  • Slowly add the confectioners' sugar and gradually increase the speed to high. Continue beating until the icing is fluffy.
  • Chill the maple-butter frosting for one hour before using.
  • Ice the cupcakes as you do any cupcake, making a small well in the center. Pour in a small amount of maple syrup to fill the indentation.
  • ENJOY!

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Would you like to drop over for one of the cupcakes from this maple syrup recipe?

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on March 28, 2018:

Very nice recipe. I am pinning this one. Thanks for sharing!

teamnana on February 11, 2013:

These sound fantastic! Next time I make a dessert, I'm going to try these!

Rose Jones on January 01, 2013:

Did you hear about the maple syrup smuggling? 30 million dollars worth of stolen product from Quebec! Apparently we aren't the only ones that love maple syrup. Pinned on my sweets board, blessed for uniqueness.

fathomblueEG on August 31, 2012:

Are you kidding? Of course they sound like heaven on earth! You are an Angel to share such a sinful recipe:-)

cupcakeideas2011 on November 21, 2011:

Maple syrup is best in pancakes but it made it even better to match it with cupcakes. I love to try baking this cupcake recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on August 12, 2011:

@anonymous: Victoria, I am thrilled that you are so pleased. You've actually made me hungry for these cupcakes again, LOL.

anonymous on August 12, 2011:

I've baked a LOT of cakes in my time, but these are the best tasting flavor for cupcakes I've EVER tasted. Here in New York City, I come from the land of $3.00 cupcakes EACH and none of them can stack up to this absolutely lovely cupcake. Thank you ever so much for submitting this recipe.

CanadaGear on August 09, 2011:

Maple syrup is awesome, love the stuff! Great recipes here :)

anonymous on July 18, 2011:

You've got my mouth watering this morning for Maple Syrup. Pouring it on a cupcake is what got me right off. I'm all out of Maple Syrup.

miaponzo on March 14, 2011:

i love everything maple!!!!

kt_glasses on January 20, 2011:

very nice recipe, can't wait to try it.

anonymous on December 09, 2010:

I'm a maple syrup fan too. The cupcakes look yummy!

glowchick on December 09, 2010:

These sound delicious :)

tandemonimom lm on November 10, 2010:

Good thing I just had a bowl of ice cream; otherwise I might have to get up and make these! YUM!

poutine on November 09, 2010:

I would love to drop over for one of those delicious maple cupcakes.My dad had a sugar bush and so did his dad and his brothers.Now my cousins have them.It was fun to go there when I was young.

Sensitive Fern on October 11, 2010:

I didn't really become a convert to real maple syrup until a couple years ago when we ran out of that faux stuff and had to open the can of the real stuff that somebody had brought us from Canada. Well. I couldn't believe how much better it was. These cupcakes sound great, and it's a beautiful lens.

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on October 08, 2010:

I've never turned down something made with maple syrup - as long as its real maple syrup and not the fake stuff. These sound pretty deadly. Great intro photo, that's pretty tempting.

maplesyrup59 on September 19, 2010:

I love any recipe that contains maple syrup. This one looks delicious. I just might make it for our next office bake sale!

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on August 22, 2010:

I am really happy I have maple syrup in the house!(yes it's real, we only eat real food)so I can make these today. Too mouth watering sounding to pass up:) Yes, I'd rather drop over:) but it's quite a distance.:(

Robin S from USA on August 11, 2010:

This delicious cupcake recipe is being featured at the Cupcake Club blog:

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on June 15, 2010:

Oh yum! Now I'm getting really hungry. I wonder if I can exchange the maple syrup in the recipe for golden syrup (can sugar extract)? I don't know - but it's worth a try. Blessed by an angel today

hlkljgk from Western Mass on May 25, 2010:

real maple syrup is the only maple syrup; the other stuff is corn syrup and maple flavoring - no comparison. but i AM from new england, so i think i might be biased. :)these look so yummy

Lynne Schroeder from Blue Mountains Australia on May 17, 2010:

Wow! These sound yum! But as an Aussie I still don't the whole putting bacon and maple syrup together thing..

lmmclain on May 02, 2010:

I love anything maple-can't wait to try these!

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on April 24, 2010:

Yummy! I love cupcakes and maple syrup. This sounds great.

purplelady on April 23, 2010:

Hope I am not too late for the cupcake party. I used to not be able to let my syrup touch my bacon; then one day it just happened. Changed my mind right then and there. You definitely have the knack for creating great lenses. Another great one! 5 cupcakes and some of that other social stuff as well.

Wendy Henderson from PA on April 23, 2010:

I love maple syrup too, but it's got to be the real stuff. Great Lens.

rewards4life info on April 23, 2010:

Wonderful! We both love maple syrup. Do you remember when Ross from "Friends" had too much of it, and he ended up on "sugar high"? Absolutely hilarious.=) Thanks for sharing, Brenda!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on April 22, 2010:

I would love to drop over for a maple syrup cupcake! Let me grab my coffee and I'll be right over. Sounds like a wonderful recipe to me.

Julianne Gentile from Cleveland, Ohio, US on April 22, 2010:

This sounds tasty!

anonymous on April 21, 2010:

These sound so good! When's the cupcake party?

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on April 21, 2010:

I'll be right there! This sounds like a truly delicious cupcake recipe!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on April 21, 2010:

@anonymous: Bev, I discovered maple syrup pancakes with bacon on them only yesterday. Who knew!

Dianne Loomos on April 20, 2010:

I would love to drop by for a maple cupcake! The frosting recipe sounds wonderful. A Canadian friend gave us a big bottle of real maple syrup and I loved it!

anonymous on April 20, 2010:

Being a huge fan of Maple Syrup cupcakes, I love this cupcake lens! I have a variation for you. Leave out the nuts in the batter and sprinkle bacon on the top after iced. Don't scrunch your is actually very very good. It is like having bacon with your pancakes only better because it is a cupcake!

Robin S from USA on April 20, 2010:

I'll be right over! Can't wait to try one of these cupcakes!

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