Pumpkin Cupcakes!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Autumn has rolled into Heidelberg and I’m excited to bake with pumpkin.  The first order of business was finding and/or developing a delicious Pumpkin Cake recipe as the base for a season of deliciousness.  I’ve adapted a terrific find from allrecipes.com – it’s crazy moist with plenty of flavor.

My idea was to revisit a pumpkin-shaped cake with a delightful orange-tinted cream cheese drizzle.  Again, it was a failure.  It was an improvement, but far from what I like producing. 

We were off to a good start…

Then things started to go a little sideways… figuratively and literally.
The texture of the frosting drizzle wasn’t smooth. 
We had moved past “bad idea” and entered “shoulda turned back when we had a chance.”  What. a. mess.
Aaaaaaand, it looked better before I added the stem.  Sigh.

The upside, today was definitely a Test Kitchen day and that’s fine by me.  I’m still trying new techniques and learning all the time.

I believe I’ve dialed in the cream cheese frosting on this one… and love the orange tint.  I’m very happy with results of the cupcakes; they look quite charming with a flavor to match. 


This will be a good base to jump off into cupcake autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving designs – I can’t wait to try some of these ideas when I visit our oldest daughter next month.  We’re going to have some fun times when The Sugary Shrink Goes to Utah!  (That almost reads like a Nancy Drew title.)

I’m really diggin’ the way my Fiesta Ware 15″ Persimmon Jack-O-Lantern platter looks sitting on top of an upturned $2 wire candy basket.  They’re perfect together.  Though I think it’s still early for Halloween decorations, some people just can’t wait.  Go ahead and be Boo!tastic.

I love the flavor of this cupcake.  I regret the wastefulness of the ingredients in the pumpkin-shaped cake.  That’s part of the really big downside of the Test Kitchen.  Here’s to better performance next time.
There will be a next time.

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4 Responses

  1. John Murphy says:

    The cupcakes are delicious, and with the cream cheese frosting *tastes* like a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream! And a near-success in the test kitchen doesn’t equal “wastefulness of ingredients” it means total deliciousness is just around the corner!

  2. Julia says:

    Do you have a recipe for your cream cheese frosting?

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