Vanilla-Cardamom Cupcakes with Quince Frosting

Remember that quince butter you just made? Remember how Martha told you to discard the pulp? Well I'll bet you're sure as hell glad you listened to me and held onto it! I dreamed this up a couple nights ago - so glad it turned out as yummy as I thought it would! What's more, I put the cupcakes in Halloween liners and since the frosting is orange they are super festive. I love autumn!

Vanilla-Cardamom Cupcakes with Quince Frosting


(For Cupcakes)
2 1/4 cups flour
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 1/8 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup nonfat yogurt

(For Frosting)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk (any kind, even soy, will do)
1/2 cup quince pulp
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. This recipe yields 24 cupcakes, line the pans with the liners and set aside.

Mix the flour, cardamom, vanilla, baking powder, salt, eggs, unsalted butter, nonfat yogurt and sugar together in a bowl.

Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, spoon into cupcake liners. This should fill 24 about completely, and it doesn't raise too much, so don't worry about portions. Bake 30 minutes.

While the cupcakes are baking, combine all of the ingredients except the quince mixture, in a bowl. Mix until it has the consistency of frosting.

Now stir in the quince until the frosting looks light orange.

When the cupcakes are done (use a toothpick to check!), frost them in a messy way and enjoy!


  1. I remember last year you made these scary cupcakes and posted them on facebook and they spooked me.




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