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“There's plenty of crab cake recipes here but I saw this one in a womans day magazine and the presentation is so cute I've got to save it. These are a such cute made in mini muffin tins and "frosted" with a lemony cream cheese. What a cute and yummy sounding idea for an appy table. In ingrediants I didn't know how to put 1/3 cup of mixed celery, onion & red pepper so it's listed with onion.”
20 min cupcakes

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make cupcakes: Heat oven to 350, spray nonstick mini-muffin tins with cooking spray or lightly oil them.
  2. Muffin cups shoud be 1 34 to 2 inches in diameter. Set aside.
  3. In large saute pan or skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the onion, celery and bell pepper for about 3-4 minutes, until just starting to get tender. Let cool.
  4. Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour sugar baking powder and Old Bay seasoning.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, milk and sour cream.
  6. When the sweated vegatables are cool, add cornmeal mixture to the egg mixture; mix lightly.
  7. Stir in vegatables and all melted butter from the pan, do not overmix.
  8. Fold in crabmeat just until evenly distributed.
  9. Spoon heaping tablespoon batter into each muffin cup.
  10. You should fill 20 cups.
  11. Bake cupcakes for 12-14 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean (rotate the pans after the first 7-8 minutees of baking).
  12. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then carefully remove them from pan and let cool briefly on wire rack before frosting.
  13. Refrigeration is imperative, as the crab will go bad if left at room temp for an extended period of time.
  14. Bring to room temp or warm for a minute or so in oven before frosting.
  15. To make frosting:
  16. In small bowl mash cream cheese with a fork, then whisk in milk and lemon juice until smooth and creamy.
  17. Top each cupcake with 1 teaspoon of frosting, then sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon chives for garnish.

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