Day 331 – Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes

27 Jun

So, I know that sometimes cinnamon is considered a bit of a fall flavor.  But I love it.  All the time.  Seriously.  Pepperidge Farms Cinnamon Swirl bread is pretty much a daily occurrence for me.  So, I couldn’t resist these Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes (recipe below from Life, Love & Sugar).

Cinn-Sugar-Swirl-cupcake     Mini-Cinn-Swirl-Cupcake

The cupcakes are crumbly and maybe a little dry, but the crunch of the cinnamon-sugar takes away from that. It has a nice cinnamon-sugar taste. Not too sweet, not too dull.


The frosting is very, very thick. The frosting is sweet, but not too sugary. The shortening cuts a lot of the sweetness. It’s like a sugary, cinnamon center of an Oreo.

Cinnamon-Sugar-Swirl     Mini-Cinnamon-Sugar

This cupcakes ends up being more like a frosted muffin when it’s all together. It’s still a little on the dry side, and the frosting doesn’t add much moisture. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It has a very strong cinnamon flavor.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18.5



Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes (recipe from Life, Love & Sugar)

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Cinnamon Sugar Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp water or milk


For directions visit Life, Love & Sugar.

*Tomorrow: Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes*

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