We celebrated Apple Day in the first grade at the end of September. Knowing how J likes to repeat these activities over and over, I was prepared and had apples at the read y for whichever activity or food he wanted to repeat at home.
You know we had to do bobbing for apples a few hundred times. Luckily, we had yet another heat wave so dunking his head was actually pretty refreshing. Not that it would have mattered to him …
Not surprisingly when I asked if he wanted to bake a pie like they ate at school or cupcakes he chose the cupcakes. We can only bring store bought foods to school for these activities per district policy. And the crusts on the pies looked very unappetizing. Most of the kids just picked the apples out and left the crust.
So, when I showed J the recipe for these Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing, he begged to make them instead of pie. Low fat and high in fiber, no objections from Mommy.
The recipe is from Sesame Street: B is for Baking – 50 Yummy Dishes to Make Together with a few alterations for our tastes. Even though the book is written for preschoolers, it is still one of our favorite cookbooks. Now, I just let J do more of the steps than I did when he was 3 or 4.
This was his first attempt at peeling an apple.
Perhaps I need a better peeler for him to use if we are going to try again. After this shot, I held his hands and we did it together. M’eh – I leave the skin on most foods (apples, potatoes and carrots) or use a paring knife so he hasn’t really seen it in action.
Then I sliced the apple into manageable slices and let him chop them from there with a table knife.
No sliced fingers like during last year’s Apple Day. Hooray! I chopped them finer when his back was turned because I knew he would spit it out if he bit into a big chunk of slightly uncooked apple in his cupcake.
Other than that, he did most of the work himself from measuring and mixing to attempting to fill the cupcake liners. He only did a few and then left it for me so he could go watch cartoons.
One quick word about the Icing. This is not a thick fluffy buttercream frosting. It is a rich maple brown sugar icing that is a bit runny, but firms up nicely. It is a nice compliment to the cupcakes and doesn’t overwhelm them like a frosting would. Contrary to what is portrayed on Cupcake Wars, every cupcake does not have to have an equal amount of frosting piped on the top. (note, I am not a frosting hater, I loooove buttercream, just not on these).
The Icing is so good by itself it would make a great fruit dip!
Until next time, happy eating.