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.