Natalee’s Oatmeal Raisin Cupcakes

Natalee’s Oatmeal Raisin Cupcakes

My friend Natalee agreed to do a guest blog for me while my husband and I ran away for a romantic weekend alone.  When looking at the dates for the weekend, we discovered that one of the days fell on Benjamin Franklin’s birthday.  As a tribute to this American icon, Natalee created a recipe using only ingredients that were found in Mr. Franklin’s time.  She then decorated them in brilliant ways to show off Mr. Franklin’s contributions to history and culture.  The post showing how to decorate them can be found here.  This is a wonderful recipe to do with your children as a homeschooling aid.


½ cup unsalted butter
1½ cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
8 oz organic applesauce
½ cup buttermilk
1½ cups old fashioned oats
1 cup flour (fresh ground whole wheat soft white is best)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon (fresh ground is best)
½ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg (fresh ground is best)
½ tsp ground ginger
2 cups raisins
⅓ cup rum or orange juice


2 large bowls
wooden spoon
cupcake pan
cupcake liners or grease and flour


Reconstitute raisins by placing in small pan with rum or orange juice, bring just to a boil and remove from heat and let cool while preparing the remainder of the cupcake batter.

Preheat oven to 350° degrees F.

Line cupcake pan with cupcake holders, or grease and flour the pan.


Cream butter and sugar.

Beat in eggs, one at a time.

Add vanilla extract, applesauce, and buttermilk.

In a separate bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and salt.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, a little bit at a time.

Drain liquid from raisins and fold into the batter.

Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.

Bake at 350° degrees F for 22-25 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when touched lightly.


24 cupcakes

High in selenium
High in phosphorus
High in zinc
No Trans Fats

This makes a flat topped moist cake that is perfect for flat topped decorating, eating as a muffin, maybe a streusel topping, or maybe a drizzle of an icing sugar glaze to bring back memories of iced oatmeal raisin cookies!

I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe.  Did you make it?  Did you enjoy it?  Did you make any adjustments to it?


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