These kosher cupcakes from Cupcake Project  are lemon flavored with baked in charoses.  The charoses flavored frosting does use milk so it would only be appropriate if serving with a dairy meal but the cupcake would be just as delicious without the frosting.  So surprise your Passover guests by serving a wonderful and different dessert.

Charoses Cupcakes

Makes about 16 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 3/4 C safflower oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons (4 to 5 T)
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 1/4 C matzo cake meal (not matzo meal)
  • About 2 C charoses (recipe below if you don’t have your own go-to one.)

Instructions

  1. Mix egg yolks and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine oil, lemon juice and zest.
  3. Add matzo cake meal to yolk and sugar mixture alternately oil mixture.
  4. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry.
  5. Using rubber spatula, fold 1/4 of the beaten egg whites into egg yolk mixture until well blended.
  6. Fold in remaining beaten egg whites.
  7. Fill cupcake liners about halfway with batter.
  8. Put a spoonful or more, of charoses on top of the batter on each cupcakes.
  9. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Charoses Frosting 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 2 C sifted confectioners’ sugar (I only used about 1 1/2 C)
  • 2/3 C charoses

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter.
  2. Add the brown sugar.
  3. Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium low and continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  5. Cool to lukewarm. Gradually add sifted confectioners’ sugar. (I would highly recommend sifting this confectioners’ sugar. It’s such a pain to sift, but it ensures that the frosting will be extra smooth.)
  6. Beat until thick enough to spread.
  7. Mix in charoses.
  8. Pour over cupcakes.

Charoses Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 1 C chopped apples
  • 1/4 C chopped nuts
  • 1 t sugar or honey (This is not a choice. Use honey!)
  • Grated rind of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 t cinnamon or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons red wine (about) (Don’t go for fancy wine here. You want Manischewitz Concord Grape. I can’t imagine charoses with any other wine. It’s really an essential ingredient.)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Add enough wine to bind the mixture.
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