we did celebrate
today we had a little party for our little chloe girl. i cannot believe she is ONE. it's just completely crazy. i can't even talk about it. i get tongue-tied. how can it be? and how on earth can she be so lovely?
we had a small family gathering. i made the minestrone , the beef stew, salad. we got really good bread from a local bakery. we had deliciously just-picked apples and for dessert. . . Chloe Cakes. for her. my girl. her own cuppy cake! being a semi-healthfood mama, i had to do something fun and cakey, but also marginally healthy, so i made some applesauce cakes with maple cream cheese frosting. and she LOVED them. so, now they are officially dubbed Chloe Cakes. try them. i know you will agree that they are DE-LISH.
(applesauce cakes with maple cream cheese frosting)
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 egg whites
1 ½ cups applesauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached white flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1. preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars until smooth.
2. add egg whites, applesauce, cinnamon, cloves, salt and vanilla, then mix well. Add the flour and baking soda. stir until blended.
3. line cupcake pan with cupcake papers or grease well. bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool slightly, then turn them out onto a cooling rack. when cooled, frost with maple cream cheese frosting. sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
MAPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
2-4 tablespoons maple syrup (depending on your taste)
Cream together cream cheese and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add maple syrup and beat until well combined and smooth.