Dorothy: [Reaches to pick an apple from the apple tree, the tree grabs the apple and slaps her hand.] Ouch!
Apple Tree: What d'ya think you're doing?
Dorothy: We've been walking a long ways and I was hungry and... did you say something?
Apple Tree: She was hungry! Well, how would you like to have someone come along and pick something off of you?
Dorothy: Oh dear! I keep forgetting I'm not in Kansas!
~ The Wizard of Oz
I made Ottolenghi's Apple and Olive Oil Cake a little while ago as a non-chocolately celebration cake for the MIL's bday. It went down a treat. So moist, so appley, and that maple syrup cream cheese frosting...gah insanely good. Now, I'm a cream cheese frosting fan-girl from way back but this maple syrup frosting really took the cake.
Because of the success of that cake, I've been itching to try them out as cupcakes. That opportunity came when I was back up in Auckland over Easter and C's work mates requested some cupcakes. I was stoked to get a chance to try these puppies out and I gotta say I'm mighty glad I did. You could say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as, like the cake version, these Apple and Olive Oil Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting are appley maple syrupy bundles of delight.