It snowed just a little here all weekend. We ended up with about 3"; for us, that's just a nuisance. We don't even bother to plow if it's less than 6".
So, I was looking out my front door at the apple tree, which has been badly damaged by ice in the last couple of years, and wishing we had gotten more of the apples from the tree. That caused me to want applesauce cuppy cakes. What are cuppy cakes, you ask? Let me show you.
2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk (1 tsp lemon juice in 1/4 cup milk)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup applesauce
In a mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. Beat in the butter, vanilla and applesauce until just combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. After all 3 eggs are added, beat the batter 2 minutes. Grease about 12 tea cups, and fill each less than half way, or use 6 tea cups and one 8" square cake pan. Bake at 350F for about 30 to 35 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center of the cuppy-cakes comes out clean. Cool somewhat, then make a glaze of powdered sugar, cinnamon and milk and pour it over the cuppy-cakes. Guys won't much care, but daughters and their friends will goo, "Oooh, how cute!!!"
Then look back out the window, and sigh, because winter still has a long way to go.