Apple Cider and a Bargain Rosé

Portland does not want to make up its mind. I’m thinking I may need to integrate tearaway pants back into my wardrobe given the manic nature of the weather. I’m making the executive decision to disregard the warm weather…it is FALL dang it, and I will engage in my Fall diet and activities 🙂

Prominent ingredients (as you know)- cinnamon! pumpkin! brown sugar! apples! cloves! cranberries! seasonal ales! I feel better just listing them out. And after enjoying a particularly delicious glass of apple cider this week, I knew it needed to be the leading lady in my cupcakes.

Recipe (makes 12)-


  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 granulated light brown sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 8 oz confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup melted caramels
  • 3 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tin. Combine cupcake ingredients and beat until smooth. Adjust apple cider as desired. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 and bake for 18 minutes. Mix frosting ingredients. Decorate and garnish with extra cinnamon. Enjoy with a glass of bubbly or leftover apple cider 🙂





I did not intend on enjoying this week’s sparkling wine. I was craving a good Rosé but in a hurry. The wine clerk at Trader Joe’s insisted that I try Incanto. The “Frizzante” label was enough to put me off. Frizzante’s are generally less effervescent than Spumante’s, not a bad thing, but their bubbles come from a second fermantation as opposed to being produced in the traditional method. If they’re under $5 avoid at all cost, as they’re often injected with chemicals. Incanto barely made the price cut and I decided to give it a whirl.

Am I glad I did. It was perfectly dry with the slightest hit of acidity. The more gentle bubbles were pleasant and the only prominent flavor was a slight one of raspberries. In addition to Apple Cider cupcakes, this would work well with a variety of pasta dishes. 🙂



[Pour was a wee bit larger than anticipated]


Hope everyone has a wonderful week!





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