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Cinnamon Cupcakes-Nativity of Mary

On September 8th we celebrate the Nativity of Mary, happy birthday, Mother Mary! For this special feast we decided to make homemade cinnamon cupcakes with cinnamon icing!

This flavor was chosen because of the special memory of our betrothal, which took place four years ago on September 8th. And our wedding that followed only a short couple of months later had cinnamon wedding cake that went in a flash. Honestly, I almost didn’t get a piece of our own cake, our baker did an amazing job by making it so delicious we decided to recreate this in Mary's honor!

Mary has always had her arms wrapped around this marriage, and so this day is filled with many Marian connections for us that we like to honor and celebrate.

It is liturgically fixed to this date because it comes 9 months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Help others celebrate too by sharing this useful graphic!

The Immaculate Conception is the Catholic dogma which states that Mary was conceived without sin as the child of Sts. Joachim and Anne. This holy couple was infertile but fervently prayed for a child when Anne received the promise that their child would play an integral role in salvation history.

“The Lord has heard your prayer, and you shall conceive, and shall bring forth, and your seed shall be spoken of in all the world.” To see why we throw a birthday party like her dad, St. Joachim did, read this post.

For now, let's get to baking!

Prep Time: 20 minutes for the cupcakes & homemade icing

Bake Time: 15-17 minutes

Yields: 12 cupcakes

The Ingredients

For the Cupcake

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar, lightly-packed

  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Icing

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

For Mary's birthday cupcake I wanted a cute party liner and found these with adorable polka dots. You could also go with the classic Marian blue!

You can also go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees, while we are baking your oven can warm up.