2 Cups Cake Flour
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
2 large Granny Smith Apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1 Cup Butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon Maple Extract (secret ingredient)
1 1/3 Cup Sugar
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
Set out the butter and eggs to soften for about 30 minutes.
In the meantime, peel and core the two apples. Slice the apples. I used a food processor with a slice blade. In a nonstick pan, put the apple slices, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of the sugar. When bubbly add in the 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch. Cook until thickened and the apples are tender. The whole thing takes about 6 minutes.
While the apples are cooling, coat a cupcake pan with a nonstick spray, butter or use paper liners. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, Apple Pie Spice, and salt. Set Aside.
In another large bowl beat the 1/2 cup of butter until fluffly (about 30 seconds). Add the vanilla and maple extracts, beat well. Add a 1/2 cup of sugar; beat well. Then add the last 1/3 cup of sugar, beat well. Add each of the four eggs, beating for one minute in between each addition. Now add your cooled apple mixture and beat until combined.
Put into the oven until the tops spring back slowly to your touch. Be sure to check them often when in the done "zone" of 18-22 minutes.
Step 4: Yellow Ribbons
Heat a skillet on medium high. Add the sugared peels to the skillet, cooking until sugar is dissolved and no longer visible, turning once. Transfer the peels to aluminum foil and coat again in sugar. This is your final ribbon product. It is helpful to "glue" the ribbon together with a very small amount of buttercream frosting to form the classic "yellow ribbon" symbol.
Let these dry out and harden a little.
Step 6: Buttercream Frosting
Beat together the 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup vegetable shortening.
Add two cups of powdered sugar, a cup at a time, beating thoroughly after each cup.
Add two Tablespoons of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla.
Add another cup of powdered sugar, beat thoroughly.
Add the final 2 Tablespoons of milk, beat.
Add the final cup of powdered sugar, beat.