October 28, 2011 by Aimee •
As promised, here’s me all “dressed up” for the party
. My orangish short-sleeved jcrew swearter is brand new (to me), from my very favorite thrift store, Berry Good Buys! And I combined it with a casual white skirt and a pair of adorable chandelier earrings from Charming Charlies! I apologize for the photograph quality, like I’ve said before, I need to sign up for a class from my Photographer. I’ll let you listen in, too! Very soon, promise! Now onto the good stuff…Pumpkin Cupcakes!
Cupcakes are my very favorite dessert to bake and they are so much fun to frost!!! Although after making 5 batches for our Chili Cookoff, I decided that after eleven years of marriage and three kids totalling 19 birthday parties, it is totally time to grab one of my Bed, Bath and Beyond 20% off coupons that I never know what to do with and get myself another muffin pan!
This recipe for cupcakes is absolutely my favorite! I have tried so many pumpkin cake, bread, muffin and cupcake recipes and nothing comes even close in comparison. And I can say this without getting a big head because it’s one of my closest friend’s secret recipes and she gave me permission to share. Isn’t that so sweet of her!!! You’ll be singing her praises after you take your first bite ~ PROMISE! (I’ll wait to tell you the “super secret surprise” until we get to that point).
First, whist the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
Next, in a medium bowl add vanilla, melted butter, eggs, pumpkin and water. Mix well. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
And now, my favorite part! Add 1/2 cup of cinnamon chips and mix until evenly dispersed through batter.
Your mouth may be watering now, but just wait until you’re smelling the sensational goodness, it’s hard not to take a spoon and finish the entire bowl that second!
Doesn’t that look delicious!??! Seriously if you wanted to stop here you could have pumpkin muffins in the morning and a very happy family!
But, not tonight!!! Here’s the perfect cream cheese frosting to top these moist pumpkin – cinnamony treats. Mix softened butter and cream cheese with confectioner’s sugar and a touch of milk and beat until creamy ~ don’t stop too soon or it will be lumpy. I love cream cheese, but not a mouthful surrounded by yummy sugary frosting so mix and mix it, alright!
I’m guessing everyone knows how to use a frosting dessert decorator, but if not, please let me know and I’ll give you a simple tutorial that will make it so easy you can open your own cupcake shop downtown!
Guess how many we had left at the night’s end?!?! Yep, none! And I had an email in my inbox from one of my sweet friends asking for the recipe to both! Did that make me thrilled!??! Absolutely!!! I knew I had to ask the creator of this amazing recipe if I could share with my online friends, too!!! Wish I could share one with you right now!!! But at least you can make them now (and every day after).
Positively Perfect Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe
1 2/3 cup flour
1 cup solid packed pumpkin (1/2 of 15 oz can)
In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir in chips. In separate bowl, whisk vanilla, melted butter, eggs, pumpkin and water. Mix well then add to dry ingredients. Add heaping tablespoon to muffin liners. Bake 350F for 25-30 minutes. Fill muffin liners 2/3 full.
***Cinnamon chips are found at Central Market and Albertson’s in my area. Check around or ask your grocery store. Update: Others have seen them at Krogers.
2 packages (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
8 cups confectioners’ sugar
Combine the butter and cream cheese in the mixer until it is creamy and smooth. Gradually add sugar and milk. Once completed, beat an additional 30 seconds. Of course, add more sugar or milk if consistency needs adjusting.
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