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Cornmeal Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet cornmeal cupcakes topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cornmeal Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - cupcakes made with half flour and half finely ground white cornmeal topped with a cream cheese frosting. https://www.lanascooking.com/cornmeal-cupcakes-cream-cheese-frosting/

Cornmeal Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – cupcakes made with half flour and half finely ground white cornmeal topped with a cream cheese frosting.

Several years ago, I was asked about creating a recipe using Mazola corn oil. Because I’ve used Mazola corn oil for as long as I can remember, I readily said yes to the challenge.

Cornmeal Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - cupcakes made with half flour and half finely ground white cornmeal topped with a cream cheese frosting. https://www.lanascooking.com/cornmeal-cupcakes-cream-cheese-frosting/

And even though I’ve always used Mazola, I never really knew how healthy it is. According to a published study, Mazola corn oil actually lowers cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. I was so surprised!

Did you know that you can substitute corn oil for the butter, shortening, or margarine called for in many recipes? You sure can. I was thinking about that when deciding what to make for this challenge. I wanted to bake something sweet for you and what better than cupcakes?

To make it just a little more interesting, I thought I’d also change the flour I used by substituting half the cake flour with finely ground white cornmeal. My thinking was that it would give the cupcakes a tiny bit of a different texture while cutting some of the flour for those who are trying to avoid eating so much wheat. So, cornmeal cupcakes it is!

If you’re familiar with finely ground white cornmeal, you’ll know that it’s almost as fine as wheat flour. It’s always my cornmeal of choice when making cornbread or anything else for that matter.

Well, I’m here to tell you that the recipe was a smashing success. I topped the cupcakes with a sprinkle of coarse turbinado sugar before they went into the oven and, really, that’s about all they needed. But if you want to indulge just a little bit, go ahead and frost them with a small dollop of cream cheese frosting. What’s life without a little treat once in a while, huh?

How to Make Cornmeal Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with cupcake papers.bowl, sift together the cake flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.

Mixing eggs, oil and sugar in a stand mixer.

In a separate bowl, cream the Mazola corn oil with the sugar until smooth. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and beat briefly until combined.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

With the mixer on low speed, add the dry mixture alternately with the milk into the oil and sugar mixture beginning and ending with the dry mixture.

Muffin tins filled with batter.

Spoon batter into muffin cups. Top each with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar, if using.

Cupcakes cooling after baking.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Mixing ingredients for the cream cheese frosting.

To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until well combined. Add the powdered sugar a bit at a time beating until smooth. Add the food color, if using, and the vanilla. Beat until mixed.

Adding frosting to top of cupcakes with a piping bag.

Frost the cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting.

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Cornmeal Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet cornmeal cupcakes topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 376kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup finely ground white cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup Mazola corn oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

For the frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 drops yellow food color (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with cupcake papers.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the cake flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, cream the Mazola corn oil with the sugar until smooth. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and beat briefly until combined.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the dry mixture alternately with the milk into the oil and sugar mixture beginning and ending with the dry mixture.
  • Spoon batter into muffin cups. Sprinkle the top of each with turbinado sugar, if using.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until well combined.
  • Add the powdered sugar a bit at a time beating until smooth. Add the food color, if using, and the vanilla. Beat until mixed.
  • Frost the cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 333IU | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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9 Comments

  1. These cupcakes are amazing! I was looking for a recipe that would be close to a cupcake that we get from a nearby bakery. These taste exactly the same!

    Thank you!

  2. I like the idea of combining flour and finely ground corn meal for a different taste and texture, along with the corn oil. Looks great!

    Miss P

    1. You might think it would be like a corn muffin, but it really isn’t. It’s a much finer texture and a complement to the corn oil. Plus – how can cream cheese frosting ever go wrong?

  3. Of course this look wonderful because you did just glob the frosting on like I do. I am laughing at myself now. You are a good role model to do it the right way. And thank you for the tip about white corn meal. I hadn’t zeroed in that it was a texture.