Monday, November 15, 2010

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing


Hello friends!

I am back! There is nothing more boring than reading in full description why a blogger was absent for forever, so I won’t apologize too profusely. But I will say that I do finally have a new computer and am more excited than ever to start blogging again! This puppy ain't no Mac, that’s for sure…but it will do for now! My life is quite different this year than it was last, I am no longer a full time student…I have a full time job! I am taking one class at the university still…just because, but it’s really (really) lax. All these big changes have come about because of my decision to go to culinary school! I think about it every single day. However, I need a little more than the will to go to get there. That’s why I’m working! I have a few ideas of where I would love to go, but I find myself flip flopping constantly - I am sure you will soon become aware of this, so I won’t name any places quite yet! Anyways, I hope you are all as excited to see me back on here as I am…here’s a recipe for some cupcakes!

Oh yes, and I decided to come back to blogspot. I missed the comments, the communication, the love! I really did. I think this will be a great switch back.


After Thanksgiving, there was an extra can of pumpkin sitting in the cupboard, just tempting me to make some sort of pumpkin laced dessert... I finally decided on something a little plain jane, but nonetheless delicious. Cupcakes with a good ol' dab of cream cheese icing! These little gems did not rise up to normal "cupcake" form, and therefore ended up looking more like muffins...however, once you take a peek at the amounts of sugar in this recipe, you will see that these are no muffins.


Pumpkin Cupcakes

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup soft butter
4 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin puree

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Pop muffin tin liners into your pan or pans!
Beat together the sugars, butter and eggs until well combined.
Stir together the flour, baking powder and soda, and spices in the measuring cup or a medium sized bowl.
Add the combined dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and combine!
Whisk in the pumpkin puree.
Pour batter into the liners about 3/4 full.
Bake cupcakes for about 20-25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out of the center of the fattest cupcakes squeaky clean!



For the icing, I simply beat together a brick of plain cream cheese, a dash of almond milk, and a truck load of icing sugar. It was extremely sweet, hence the heart shaped icing (so you didn't get a full cupcake top's worth of the stuff). To do this, I just loaded my icing into a big zip lock bag, snipped a corner of it, and iced away!



These cupcakes were so moist! I brought them to work and they were all gone by noon, a good sign I'd say!
Enjoy!

xoxo

Mariel

2 comments:

Father Bill's Kitchen said...

Mmmh the infamous, Cuffin! They were delicious.

Marianne and Charles said...

Yay! So glad you're back and I'm able to comment. Definitely life changing stuff. Can't wait to hear more about schools and everything! I graduate in June, and am thinking of heading into that world too... although more on the chocolate side of things, which is not nearly as intense :-)

I almost left U of A a couple years ago for culinary myself, but obviously didn't, so I know it must have taken a lot of guts to make the decision. Congrats lady! Exciting!

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