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Maple Syrup Cupcakes

Simple maple syrup flavoured cupcakes.

Maple Syrup Cupcakes in a muffin tray


I got the recipe for these cupcakes over at Ricki's blog - Diet Dessert & Dogs

They sounded so delicious that I scribbled down the recipe immediately. 

I had all the ingredients I needed to make these cupcakes, but only if I converted it to a vegetarian recipe, instead of the vegan recipe that Ricki originally made. Of course you can make them vegan by using oat, almond or soy milk.

I went ahead and made the changes, I was sure Ricki would be fine about it and they turned out great. 

I did frost a few of the cupcakes, but I decided they were actually better without the frosting, because they were so light in texture and had that gorgeous hint of maple syrup coming through. 

Close up of a maple cupcake

Maple Cupcakes 


½ cup milk (any milk, dairy or vegan)
½ tsp cider vinegar 
½ cup pure maple syrup 
13 cup sunflower oil 
1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
1 13 cups plain flour 
1 tsp baking powder 
½ tsp baking soda 
¼ tsp fine sea salt 


Preheat oven to 180c/350f/GM4. 
Line 12 muffins cups with muffin cases. 
In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, vinegar, maple syrup, oil and vanilla until well combined. Set aside while you measure the dry ingredients, for at least 2 minutes. 
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and whisk just until combined (do not over mix). 
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. 
Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until a tester inserted in one of the cupcakes comes out clean. 
Cool completely before frosting. 

Makes 12 


  1. Wow - these muffins are gorgeous! They're perfectly domed and they look really light and delicious too.

  2. Such beautiful looking muffins! I love maple, and this recipe looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I was thinking of making these cupcakes, too. They sound delicious. And I agree with you that some cakes are best without icing.

  4. Wow, Holler, your cupcakes came out GORGEOUS!! Beautiful, perfect domes and color. I'm so glad you liked them! I can understand eating them plain (they were great), but honestly, if you make the maple frosting as well, it's a dense hit of pure maple and is fabulous.

  5. I love the hint of maple syrip in these muffins. I can imagine their flavour:D

  6. Gorgeous muffins! I love how the tops puffed up perfectly.

  7. Err cupcakes not muffins. Same thing. ;)

  8. love the colourful muffin cases - and the muffins look so light and golden - and now I am looking forward to the chocolate maple muffins

  9. Oh, Holler! Maple cupcakes sound just fabulous. Mmm, maple is such a wonderful and warm flavor. You have me hungry!

  10. I love maple syrup, so those sound perfect.

  11. What a lovely colour they are. I agree that some things are best left plain so the flavour can come through.
    Love the paper cases too!

  12. I'm so excited to try these!!! I have been trying to find the best maple cupcake recipes forever. I'm sure you don't normally hear that but I had a maple and bacon cupcake once and I loved it, but couldn't duplicate it. I'm excited to try this recipe to see it will work! thanks!

  13. So, what's the difference between a muffin and a cupcake? ;)

  14. I LOVE those little maple mountains emerging out of those purple 'fields'! LOVELY!

  15. I love these. Are perfect and so cute!!!Love them. Gloria

  16. they look fab, bet they tasted wonderful too :)

    Katie xox

  17. Thanks Elissa, they did turn out well :)

    It was the maple that got my attention Finsmom :)

    You should make them Andrea, I don't think you will be disappointed.

    Hi Ricki, I actually made a different frosting, one that I am more familiar with. I probably would have been better sticking to your suggestion.

    It is a lovely flavour, isn't it Val and so aromatic too!

    He he, nearly the same Ashley, although these were way too light to be muffins in my mind. Definitely cupcakes or fairy cakes as we call them here :D

    Hi Johanna, The cases are are lovely colour, aren't they? I also bought some in orange an green. I would really like some of the squarish plain ones, but I haven't seen them here.

    Thanks Elyse, I am sure you have something yummy there to eat!

    Hi Sylvie, I will be making them again :)

    Thanks CC :)

    Hi Niki, I hope these are what you have been looking for :)

    Hi Tanita, I would say that cupcakes are lighter and muffins are denser in texture, but then again I am now expert and I am happy to hear what everyone else thinks :)

    Very nicely put A & N :)

    Thanks Gloria :)

    They were yummy Katie :D

  18. Maple is such a great flavor. And I'm thinking these must be good if they're such a delight even without frosting (yes, I'm a self-proclaimed Frosting Whore... I'll admit it). They LOOK spectacular.

  19. They look moist and delicious! I love your purple cases, so pretty!

  20. What beautiful pictures! I love the idea of using maple syrup in baked goods. I'm hinting strongly to some Canadian visitors we have coming over in the summer!

  21. You must have a real sweet tooth Lo :)

    Thanks Anne :)

    Hi Lysy, keep up the hints big time! Lisa surprised me with a bottle of her dad's maple syrup all the way from Canada and I just cannot describe how good it was! So much better than what we get here. Graham and I were quite upset once we finished the bottle :(

  22. Oooh these look divine, I love everything with maple syrup in them (cant have too much at one go though as they're oh so sweet)! Can't wait to bake these as a treat for hubby n friends - who am I kidding, I'll hide them all for myself lol! I've noticed a few other maple syrup recipes on your site, are you a Maple fan too?


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