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Spice Cupcakes

 Spice Cupcakes
These moist, spicy cupcakes with creamy caramel frosting are a delicious treat. The recipe has been in my family for years. When I was growing up, it seemed these cupcakes were always in the freezer, just waiting to be snitched one at a time! —Carla Hodenfield, Ray, North Dakota
14 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Coarsely chopped walnuts, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring water and raisins to a boil. Reduce heat;
  • simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature

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Spice Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • (do not drain).
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in egg. Stir in raisins. Combine dry ingredients;
  • add to creamed mixture until well blended. Stir in walnuts.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for
  • 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10
  • minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream and
  • salt. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat; cook and stir until
  • smooth. Stir in butter and vanilla. Remove from the heat; cool
  • slightly. Stir in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes;
  • top with nuts if desired. Yield: 14 cupcakes.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 357 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 257 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.