Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The little cupcake that could

Well I'm finally getting around to posting my cupcake results from the Morton Pumpkin Fest. For my first baking contest I'd say I did pretty freakin fantastic. Especially with how many people entered and three prizes in each division. While I didn't place, I did get Honorable Mention. And that is something to be proud of. Since this contest, it's made me even more excited to bake and find new challenges. So enjoy the pictures and the recipe, and stay tuned for my next baking adventure.

Pumpkin Cupcakes
Vanilla Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

2 cups of flour
1 tsp. of baking soda
1 tsp. of baking powder
¾ tsp. of salt
1 ½ tsp. of cinnamon
1 ¼ tsp. of ginger
½ tsp. of nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 cup of dark-brown sugar
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 sticks of soft butter
4 eggs, beaten
½ tsp. of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake pans with liners. In a medium-sized bowl, mix all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

In a large-sized bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly add the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until batter is smooth. Then add the pumpkin and mix until completely incorporated.

With a small cookie dough scoop, fill the cupcake liners with 2 ½ scoops each. Bake until the tops are nicely rounded, and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. About 20 minutes. Place cupcakes on wire racks and let cool. Then frost with vanilla cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Makes about 24 cupcakes

Vanilla Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
12 ounces of cream cheese
1 ½ tsp. of cinnamon
1 stick of butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ cups of powdered sugar *

Cream butter and cream cheese in a mixer on medium/high for 30 seconds. Turn it to low speed and add cinnamon and vanilla. Keeping the mixer on low/medium slowly add the powdered sugar.
Now you are ready to decorate your cupcakes. So put your favorite frosting tip on your pastry bag and start frosting :)

*(If you prefer a sweeter frosting, feel free to up the powdered sugar to 3 or even 4 cups.)

Frosts about 24 cupcakes

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