The other day my 2-year-old said something that made me a little sad but was totally true.
Very innocently, after she gave me a hug, she said, “Mommy, your tummy wiggles.”
At first I laughed. And then I felt a slight sting to my ego. It’s not like I have or every really wanted super defined abs or anything. I sortakinda work out but it’s mostly to keep healthy. Not really to define muscles. Still. When your 2-year-old tells you your tummy wiggles, you get a little self-conscious. Or maybe that’s just me.
Having a wiggly tummy isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you decide to dress up as the Pillsbury Doughboy, it will give your costume a sense of realism. A wiggly tummy provides a nice pillow for your young ones. And it will almost always give you an edge in a belly flop contest.
Ah, screw it. I love my laden-with-stretch-marks-after-having-two-kids-never-again-will-it-see-the-light-of-day wiggly tummy.
I also love these cupcakes.
Maple Cinnamon Cupcakes.
The cinnamon sugared bacon, while insanely delicious, is totally optional.
Bacon for dessert?
Maple Cinnamon Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes)
½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
½ cup granulated white sugar
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup milk
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
4-6 slices cinnamon sugared bacon, broken into pieces (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325⁰ F.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes. Add maple syrup and mix until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add egg mixture to butter mixture. Beat until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
- Pour into lined cupcake tins and fill about ¾ of the way full. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.
- Top with frosting and cinnamon sugared bacon pieces.
Maple Cinnamon Frosting (for approx. 12 cupcakes)
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup maple syrup
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons milk
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Cream butter and maple syrup for 1-2 minutes.
- Add powdered sugar a little at a time while mixing with a hand mixer. Once all sugar is incorporated, beat for 1-2 minutes more.
- Add vanilla, milk, and cinnamon. Beat for another minute.