Fake-Out Cupcakes!

Gulp!

These little babies are so moist and delightful, and just in time for the arrival of fall. 

A pumpkin cupcake that does a good job of passing itself off as a carrot cupcake.  Sure, you say, trust me,  it’s true!  I didn’t deliberately set about to create this  ‘fake-out’, even though the initial pass-thru of the original recipe, with its reviews,  hinted that these little beauties could pass themselves off as something different.  I simply had a hankering for something spicy, and with the drop of temps from the 100’s, into the 90’s, it simply felt like fall might be about to spring itself upon my doorstep.  (Who am I kidding?  I live in Texas.  My brain has been burnt by the sun and the only orange color I’ve seen all summer found its way via the smog alert set at LEVEL ORANGE.)

And so it was that I found myself dragging the forty-seven items from the cabinet, and fridge, to bring these lovelies to fruition.  Okay, that was a major exaggeration, make that something along the lines of (?).

Did I lose you?  Are you afraid of the prep and clean-up?  Surely you aren’t afraid of commitment.

Are you?

Okay, maybe you are, so you’re excused, but to those of you that are still reading, take a quick break and grab yourselves a cup of joe.  I’ll be right back with that recipe after this commercial break:

FAKE-OUT HOUSEKEEPER!

aka,  The Apprentice

We return to our regular scheduled programming

an adaptation of a Martha Stewart original .. http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/pumpkin-cupcakes )

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two cupcake pans and prep a small loaf pan for remaining batter.  (Bake time for cupcakes:  20 minutes, small loaf pan, 20 to 22 minutes, but check from time to time.  Bake times can vary depending upon whether you use paper, tin or ceramic bakeware.)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 4 large eggs (room temp)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup mini cinnamon chips (I get mine from King Arthur Flour)

Sift: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, spices.  Set aside.  In mixer, beat butter for two minutes, add brown sugar and beat for one minute.  Now add granulated sugar and continue beating for two minutes.  (Total mix time:  5 minutes).  Add eggs, one at a time, blending fully after each addition.  Add pumpkin puree in thirds, blending well.  Next, add the sifted dry ingredients in increments of three, being careful not to overbeat the batter (we want to keep these beauties light and airy).  Finally, fold in your cinnamon chips.   

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Fresh heavy cream (use amt. to thin according to use)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Neuchâtel cheese (room temp)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 3/4 lbs. confectioners sugar (about 7 cups)
  • Angel-flake style coconut
  • cocoa nibs

Cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, a minute or two.  Incorporate vanilla bean paste and begin adding confectioners sugar, beating to consistency for decorating.  (This is where I began to add a bit of cream, perhaps two tablespoons?  I knew that I was going to use a decorator tip, and also, that these would be stored in the refrigerator for a full day before being served.)

Happy Bakes 2U

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~ by coffeegrounded on September 17, 2010.

2 Responses to “Fake-Out Cupcakes!”

  1. yum yum yum! And Gilbert is a perfect example of how i feel after sweeping the house!

  2. Gilbert, aka, Foo-Man-Chewie (cuz his little ‘beardlette’ is really becoming more evident by the day), is a great little inspiration. Yes, he is difficult to train, but as long as I’m working and I can see him over my shoulder, all is well. Poor little fella, today is his big day. I get to pick him up at 4p.m. I’ve already got a little bed ready for him, and of course, special vittles.

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