Pineapple-Rum Cupcakes dusted with Maple Sugar

ImageSomeone did a wondrous favor for me so I decided to make the most portable gift food…cupcakes!

Wanting to create something new, I took pineapple tidbits and pureed them with their natural juice and about a third of a cup of rum.  I incorporated that into my dry ingredients, as well as 3 eggs, one stick of melted unsalted butter, and half a cup of fine sugar.  Last but not least, I used about a third cup of carbonated water…..mixed that till it was well incorporated and placed them in a 350 degree oven for 17 minutes.

For frosting, I let 8 oz. of Neufchatel cheese come to room temperature and mixed it with 3 tablespoons of fresh pineapple juice and 1 cup and a half of powdered sugar.  Frosted the cupcakes lightly and then just put a little dusting of maple sugar.

Of course I tried one….just had to…and it was good…..

 

 

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What do Ghirardelli cocoa, maple sugar and powdered ginger have in common? Why Popcorn, of course!

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There are some days when I just want a snack for dinner…..so going to my cupboards, I rummage through spices and sweets and came up with something different….

I mix two tablespoons of Ghirardelli cocoa, 1 teaspoon and a dash of powdered ginger and 1 tablespoon of maple sugar together….and sprinkle it over hot popcorn!!!

The saltiness of the popcorn dusted with this mixture just makes my taste buds so happy!