Cinnamon Cupcakes for a PDX Snow “storm”

You may notice some aptly used quotes in the title of this post. These are in place because, if you’re not a Portland native or current citizen, the snow that we’ve seen the past couple of weeks may be laughable. It sure is to my relatives that live in the Midwest. The only retort I can possibly share, is that their fair cities are far better equipped for snow and ice, than Portland will ever be. Because of this, Portland has shut down four out of the past fourteen days. Because of this, regular commutes home took folks more than five hours. Because of this, I got creative with my cupcakes this week.

My street shut down, rightfully so, as several cars crashed trying to navigate out. The pavements remained unplowed and unsalted, so even the four block commute to the local grocery store was not traversable. I understand how dramatic this all sounds, believe me. So I cleaned the kitchen, (and the bathroom and the bedroom and the living room), and realized I had all of the ingredients necessary for Cinnamon Cupcakes! Now, I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that I had little else to captivate my attention, but I’m going to go ahead and put these in my top five. They are SO that word that rhymes with noist and starts with an m (won’t say it, won’t type it), they are fluffy, and they are festive. I will answer no questions about how many I ate.

Recipe (makes 12)


  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup baking flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  •  1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon


  • 16 oz confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Preheat the oven to 350 and dig out your most holiday-centric liners. Mix cupcake ingredients, sans cinnamon. Fill liners and divide cinnamon into equal dustings for each cupcake. Bake for 16 minutes. These will rise and dome, beautifully.

While cupcakes cool, combine frosting ingredients and beat until smooth. I’ve been having adventures in frosting lately. These finally met my mark for look and texture, although they did a number on my forearm muscles. Frost cupcakes and decorate however you please. Enjoy!


Hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday week!



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