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Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy 1st Blogiversary, Pumpkin Cupcakes and a Giveaway

pumpkin, cupcake, cream cheese, icing

Wow, this was a fast year.  I can't believe I have been blogging for a full year.  It has been a year of so many wonderful sweets, treats and ice cream.  It has been a year of learning more about photography, styling and baking techniques.  It has been a whole lot of fun. I hope you have enjoyed my adventures in baking over the last year.  There will be a lot more to come.  For my 1 year Blogiversary I am celebrating with a great fall dessert, Pumpkin Cupcakes.  I also bought myself the new blue cake stand for only $5. Sweet!  Pumpkin cupcakes are one of my all time favorite fall desserts to bake.  Which actually leads me into my first giveaway. I bought the "Baked" cookbooks on the weekend and I have decided to give one away so I can share their wonderful recipes with one of you.  These guys really know how to add a sweet twist to things and have come up with some pretty cool recipes. .Let me know your favorite fall dessert or meal to make or give me suggestions of things to bake with apples (other than crumble or pie).   One random person will get one of the "BAKED" cookbooks for anyone who responds by September 15th @ 12pm EST.  Baked - New Frontiers in Baking  or Baked Explorations.  I am not sure which one yet but the recipes in either one are equally tempting.

Enjoy these pumpkin cupcakes and I can't wait to hear what you love.


(Adapted from Martha Stewart)
Makes 12


INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 can (7.5 ounces) pure pumpkin puree
Cream Cheese Icing

  • 8 oz light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  •   confectioners sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium bowl and set aside.


2) In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. Fold in pumpkin puree.
3) Using a 1/4 cup scoop, add batter to liners, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, and a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack; let cool before icing.




4) Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.  Add vanilla and sugar until completely combined and  smooth.  Place in a piping bag and swirl onto cupcakes.

MEG's RATING : D-EEEEE-LICIOUS!

There is a reason I love these, they always turn out so well. They are moist and perfectly pumpkin.  The cream cheese icing is the perfect companion, smooth, sweet and creamy. YUM!  I can't help but make these over and over again.

I am looking forward to another year of baking.  New recipes, new challenges and new fun.

Thanks to everyone for reading.


Check out this link for tons more pumpkin recipes from family fresh cooking--> Pumpkin Recipes



26 comments:

  1. I'm a pumpkin freak and those cupcakes look delicious! I'm so excited that fall is here so I can whip out all my seasonal recipes again. I'm getting ready to make a pumpkin mousse with pumpkin, whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice and crushed graham crackers. It's supposed to be a lighter twist on my favorite pumpkin desserts -- can't wait to try it! And congrats on your first year of blogging!

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  2. You should make pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese filling :)

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  3. Congratulations on your 1 year! woohoo! :D

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  4. Congratulations on one year!. :)
    My favorite fall dessert is pumpkin pie, hands down.
    Meggs
    urbakinmecrazyy@aol.com

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  5. Whoop Whoop One Year!!!

    Excited about the next!

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  6. Congrats on ur one year! My favourite fall recipe is always Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake!!

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  7. Those look FABULOUS! and sound just great, I love pumpkin baked goods.

    Congratulations on your blogversary :)

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  8. You should make apple pie muffins! It's an apple cinnamon muffin with apple pie filling in the center, like the ones I've made here on my blog: http://bakeblogging.blogspot.com/2010/12/vlog-do-you-know-muffin-man.html

    catharine.ellie [at] gmail [dot] com

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  9. My favorite fall dessert is pumpkin pie, hands down. Or anything with pumpkin, really.

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  10. I love making pumpkin bread!
    Also the pommes aux chaussons from Bon Appetit magazine are delicious and feature apples!

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  11. hello. congratulations on the blogoversary. here's my idea: my mom makes delicios bakes apples with nuts and halavah {http://www.foodsubs.com/Candy.html- here's a description of the halavah, for those who never heard of it}. basically you cut the top of the apple, cut inside of it to make a hole and stuff the apple with halavah. you can mix it with any kind of nuts{ roast them first}. put the apples on a baking sheet and bake in the oven. when it's ready { the apple looks soft and velvety and the lavah melted}. take them out, put some nuts on top and sprinle some powder sugar. when they're cold, they're great with whipped cream.

    {{alesea1385@gmail.com }}

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  12. I'm another pumpkin fan, so fall "must make" recipes include pumpkin bread (quick) and scones. As for apples, it's gotta be my Mom's dutch apple cake. mmmm.

    {shownah @ hotmail . com}

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  13. Thanks for all the suggestions so far everyone. Everything sounds great.

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  14. When fall comes, I start to crave squash dishes like crazy. Along that line, I suggest a nice butternut squash gratin with granny smith apples and leeks. And cream, of course. More cream in everything.

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  15. Congrats on one year!! Sept 12th was my birthday :-) I am obsessed with everything fall related/flavored!

    jnb5045@gmail.com

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  16. I'm another pumpkin fanatic, especially pumpkin with chocolate. My favorite is pumpkin/chocolate bundt cake with a chocolate glaze.

    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  17. Congrats on the blogiversary! Those pumpkin cupcakes look great and what a great giveaway! I have recently posted about apple crisps and I think it's the perfect fall dessert. And it calls for apples too!

    you can check it here:
    http://wp.me/p10soU-15j

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  18. Congrats Meg! Love reading this :)
    How about apple caramel muffins.....small chunks of apple in a spiced muffin batter with a caramel center or even a coarse sugar and caramel drizzle topping.

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  19. Pumpkin Pie - basic but delish!

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  20. I love your foodography on these, beautiful job! I am working on making an apple pie cupcake for the season myself. I don't want to make it like a muffin so I'm thinking a puree of baked apple with caramel and I found a lovely apple liqueur that I'm mixing with butter schnapps to make a frosting. I'll keep an eye on your blog to see if you beat me to it!

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  21. Congrats! You can make apple butter with the apples, or hand pies, or dried apple chips to snack on! Awesome giveaway!

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  22. fall is almost here- my baking has stepped up in pace. i can't wait to try these cupcakes.
    shen
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

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  23. Yay! Happy first blog birthday!!
    I would love if you linked this and any of your favorite Pumpkin themed blog posts to my "Happy Post" Help spread the cheer :) http://su.pr/1rMDg2

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  24. My favourite fall dessert is a classic pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream, delish! My family goes through pumpkin pie like madmen.

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  25. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with Recipe Link via Cupcakes Take The Cake - With Autumn finally upon us and ...

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