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Baking Challenge: Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

I was recently presented with a baking challenge by a co-worker. The recipe was found on a blog and could taste amazing, or could just be too weird to actually eat.  The verdict: very tasty and a fun Thanksgiving-themed cupcake, although a bit too much work to make very often.

First, make mini pumpkin pies:

Then you make cupcakes, placing the mini pumpkin pies in the center of the cups as you fill them with batter: Continue reading

A Very Happy Birthday Cake

My niece and nephew turned two a couple of weeks ago and my sister, who is generally insistent that two-year olds do not need dessert and extra sugar, made them a birthday cake.  My sister is not the type to just make some box-mix cake*, so she made it from scratch…and went all out. The results were absolutely fabulous.

She got the idea from this post on Omnomicon, which details how to create the crazy swirly colors.  Instead of using the recipe in that post (Sprite and pudding mix in a cake?  Really?), she used the Buttermilk Birthday Cake recipe from How to Be a Domestic Goddess, and topped it with a butter cream frosting made from a recipe in the same cookbook.

*Not that there’s nothing wrong with box mix– in fact, yellow cake (made from the box) with dark chocolate frosting (canned) is my very favorite to this day.

Mimosa Cupcake

Sweet champagne cake with orange curd frosting…I wouldn’t mind a taste! See it at Cupcakes Take the Cake.