Grating an apple for the first time made me a bit apprehensive. I've always sliced or diced! I profoundly wondered why I had never grated an apple before. Does it make applesauce? Does it make apple juice? How big are the pieces of grated apple? Well the answer is this. Grating a Granny Smith is a refreshing experience. It smells crisp and clean, like someone is pressing apple cider in your kitchen. And because Granny Smith apples are so firm, there were very nice long strips of apple flesh. No tiny bits, grains or shmoosh. I decided that the grating method would be good for apple cupcakes.
Since Tom Brady and his posse let me down in the two previous weeks and thus plummeted my standings in the family Fantasy Football league, I decided to make cupcakes instead of watching the game. I never miss a Pats game. But it worked! Reverse cupcake psychology! The Pats prevailed big time over the Buffalo Bills! And I had dessert for the next round of Sunday afternoon football. Apple cupcakes with cinnamon spice butter cream, tiny white chocolate caviar, crystallized ginger, and a crunchy chocolate covered cookie. Then, a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, just like the toast topping. Yep. That made it right! And the Pumpkin Ale....yum!