This is a cupcake-packed week! Sunday I pulled a full-day shift at Sweet T’s, filling in wherever I was needed, whether it was finishing the top layer of a cake, cleaning out the fridge or doing dishes. It calmed down by early afternoon, so I was able to make my first batch of chocolate batter in the large mixer and hand mixed some chocolate chip cookie dough (hand mixing cookie dough is SO therapeutic, and a workout).
Yesterday, I brought in cupcakes from the bakeshop (one of the best sellers, cinnamon dolce, and vanilla with chocolate chip cookie dough buttercream–a recipe I introduced to Sweet T’s) to my taste testers as a little thank you present for their support. If it wasn’t for them, as well as all of you who read and bake along, I’d be doing this alone. And that wouldn’t be any fun.
Last night, Ray went to get his tattoo touched up by the extremely talented and charming Lee Cramer at Headlight Tattoos, and I had him bring one of the extra apple cider cupcakes I had tucked away in the fridge. Lee appreciated the treat, and after one nibble of the frosting said, “You could make money with these!” One day, Lee. One day.
Today, taste tester Alexis brought in her favorite pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting! She shared the recipe and some baking tips last year around this time, but I thought I would re-share the links to the recipes she likes to use.
This is a great treat for me, since I’m usually the cupcake bringer, not the cupcake receiver. Alexis picked a winner of a recipe to work with … the cake is moist and pumpkiny, with the right balance of spices. Her cream cheese frosting is also excellent, and I can appreciate that she doesn’t pile it on, like some people do. This way the cake and frosting shine through together.
And of course, I have something fun up my sleeves for this Friday.
So, what are some of YOUR favorite pumpkin recipes (cupcakes, breads, pies … anything goes!)? Share your favorites in the comments below!
Recipe for cupcake above: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing (a.k.a. Heaven in a Baking Cup) from Patent & The Pantry