MSC: Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Posted by Sherry G at 3:23 AM Thursday, October 15, 2009
These cupcakes were the perfect pick for the beginning of fall. This was my first pumpkin recipe of the season and I'm so glad I was able to make these. I will note that yes I did skip the marzipan pumpkin decoration for on top. I just didn't have the time or energy to deal with marzipan.
The recipe says it yields 32 cupcakes. I was a little worried that it'd be too many but decided not to half the recipe or anything. In the end, I was able to make 30 regular sized cupcakes and 24 minis! As I was filling the tins I realized I had a lot of batter left. I tried filling the regulars pretty full but it just made them have bigger domed tops and I still had batter left. So, instead of making even more of the same cupcake, I had a bag of left over white chocolate chips that I had been meaning to use up for the longest time. There were just enough for the remaining batter which I used to make mini cupcakes.
My cooking times really worried me. I had to put them back in more than once and even as they were cooling I was worried they were pretty mushy. But I let them cool over night and waited to see how they would turn out the next day.
I made the cream cheese icing as directed except I used one less cup of powdered sugar. They frosting already tasted fine to me before the final suggested addition. While icing, I realized the cupcakes were just fine. I decided not to ice the minis because they were good on their own. Although, I did add some frosting on before I ate mine for some added flavor. Both ways are tasty though.
So the taste: The regular cupcakes were very good. Pumpkin and cream cheese frosting are the perfect partners and this was no exception. They were fluffy and springy, if you can describe a cupcake as being so. I really liked them after 15 seconds in the microwave. I don't know why but I like my goodies slightly warm, where as my mom preferred them chilled and right out of the freezer.
The minis with white chocolate chips were sensational!! I honestly wish I could have made regular sized ones with them in it. I think that is a great way to tweak the recipe and add your own twist. Add white chocolate chips!
Many thanks to Kim from What the Whisk for picking this season friendly item. It was a big success in my house and with the neighbors. So far I'm 3 for 3 with Martha's recipes. She never fails!
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