Though it may be a Cliché in this country, vermont is virtually synonymous with maple syrup. Maple festivals figure heavily into the Vermont calendar, and all manner of maple merchandise (aprons, magnets, candies, cookbooks . . .) is available for purchase in the retail shops that line many of Vermont’s historic towns. Real maple syrup deserves its reputation. It gives these cupcakes a great robust flavor, moist crumb, and golden brown color, while the cream cheese frosting with a touch of maple syrup provides the perfect accompaniment. The cupcakes are truly autumnal, but I encourage you to make them during any season you please.