First of all, I want to say that I have heard your comments regarding your dissatisfaction with my blog lately and I want to apologize for that. I’ve been blogging now for seven years and I think with everything going on in my offline life right now, it’s fairly accurate to say that I’ve reached a place of blog burn out. I actually feel a lot better now that I admitted that online!
To those of you who feel like this site isn’t genuine anymore, I politely disagree (and I have in the past and currently buy Green Giant products in my offline life. I would never choose to work with a brand that I personally don’t believe in). But to those missing the old vibe of the site, I agree and know where you’re coming from when you say that. I, too, sometimes miss the old vibe but the old vibe was coming from a very different place in my life than where I am at right now.
I’ve thought long and hard about this — should I quit blogging? Should I take a break? I really resonated with the Young House Love goodbye post a few days ago and honor their transparency. However, at the end of the day, I still do love the blogging world and enjoy posting on here, however frequently or infrequently that may be.
So, that’s all I really have to say about that this morning. I do feel a food blog burn out happening and since Grayson was born, have been very uninspired in the kitchen. Maybe that means, in order to stay as genuine as possible, less food and more life. I apologize Eat, Live, Run is different today than it was five years ago but this blog is based on my life and a lot has changed in my life during that time. I’m a very different person now than I was back then and I think this blog reflects that. Obviously, I’m hoping I don’t lose you as a reader but if what I’m saying doesn’t jive with you, I understand. There’s tons of great blogs out there begging to be read.
Now can we please get to the cupcakes already?
I’m kicking myself for not buying more of this delicious cider when we visited Apple Hill a few weeks ago. I have never been much of an apple juice fan but there is just something special about this stuff! It’s so good and so pure. I wish I had a freezer full of it right now.
I had been wanting to try apple cider cupcakes and knew this was the perfect time! These really are the perfect spice cupcake and totally just taste like FALL to me. I adore spice cake of any kind. I actually prefer it over chocolate, if you can believe that!
The frosting is fluffy, sweet and tastes faintly of vanilla and nutmeg. The best. These would be so great for a child’s fall birthday or just to celebrate any time! It’s been far too long since I’ve made cupcakes. I think Grayson appreciated how great the house smelled when they were baking. 😉
Apple Cider Cupcakes with Nutmeg Frosting
makes one dozen
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup fresh, unpasteurized apple cider
for frosting ~
2 sticks ( 1 cup) salted butter, softened (you can use unsalted if that’s what you have – just add a tiny pinch of salt to the frosting while you beat)
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cupcake pan with nonstick spray or use paper liners. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix again.
In another bowl, sift together the flour, spices, salt and baking powder. Add to the butter mixture then drizzle in the cider slowly with the mixer running on low. Mix until just combined.
Fill cupcake molds 3/4th of the way full with the batter. Bake for 20-23 minutes until golden. Let cool completely while you make the frosting.
To make the frosting, beat the softened butter with the powdered sugar, vanilla and nutmeg for about 10 minutes — until very fluffy. Pipe or spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you desire!