Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pumpkin Choco Chips Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Frosting

Work was normal last week and I was planning to blog more often. Obviously, it simply did not go as planned. Practically, I have been sorting through my work 'zone' - if I may say, I am quite organized person (on the verge of obsessive) however there are days that my desk is covered from one corner to another. As well as floor space...and sometimes, wall. So I had to do some shuffling. Then closet swap - winter/fall clothing out from the box, summer goes in. With tiny closet, there is no other way of doing it.

All that and enjoying fall colors - I run better during fall and winter. I know it's different for everybody, but I have always thought there is something magical about fall and winter, hence I have upped my miles and at that, sore factor. Meeting up with girl friends for catching up. Enough excuses. A week late, but this is what I whipped up as dessert for our Thanksgiving dinner. I did not get to take photos of everything, trying not to make it into habit for asking our friends to sit on the table and wait around until I am done taking photos.

Vik came up with the idea of cupcakes. No extra dessert plates to wash, see? Though I thought, cupcakes for Thanksgiving dessert?? It does not fit the bill - Thanksgiving! Not bake-sale. Then of course, as I give it some thoughts. I know I wanted to do something with pumpkin. Know I don't want to roll out pie dough, so pumpkin pie is out. Something I can make ahead. When I saw a block of cream cheese in my fridge. Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting sounds just about right.

Do I have a recipe on my own though for pumpkin cupcakes? Of course not. I google-d around and found few different ones. However this one was actually from my pilates instructor. Well..she got it from Canadian Living magazine and changed some of the ingredients. How do I get a recipe from an instructor, long story short - I took her session for a while then switched to another instructor, we bumped to one another, she asked and I explained. Two months ago she started new class and as promised, I went in to check it out and I have been diligently going to her class since then. And couple weeks ago, we established another working relationship, she becomes my client. Gotta make back all the money I paid for membership!! The cream cheese frosting is finger licking good! It's what my host family used to whip up for their carrot cake and red velvet cake.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I don't have any, so I just mix in nutmeg, ground cloves and cinnamon)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk (original recipe: buttermilk)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (original recipe: vegetable oil)
few tbsp of chocolate chips (I added this simply because I have some in my pantry)

6 oz cream cheese
2/3 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

- For cupcakes: Mix all dry ingredients together with fork. In another bowl, whisk all wet ingredients together. Pour wet ingredients to dry and mix just until moistened. Fill muffin cups to the top. (Surprise surprise, I don't have muffin baking cups/pan, but I do have assorted brioche molds I got from Indonesia, so I used that instead)
- Bake in 375° oven for about 20-30 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- For frosting: Cream together butter, cream cheese, salt and confectioners sugar until smooth. Add in cinnamon and vanilla.
- In my dream, I'd have pipe the frosting to make it all nice. But in reality, I just spread it with spatula. It yields 11 cupcakes and all of them have different frosting design. Not because I have excessive talent in cupcake decorating, but simply couldn't decide which one could win 'the laziest effort of frosting' event. ;) So there was swirly kind, spikey, zagged, et cetera.


Esi said...

I love this combination! I am working on something similar for Halloween.

The Mediocre Cook said...

I see that I am not the only one trying to find a few minutes in the day to update a blog :)

That cupcake looks pretty amazing and I love cream cheese frosting!

Anonymous said...

Wow, how are you? They look like little tarts... so cute-- and I hear you on the pumpkin spice... "giggles"

Dee said...

I'm very forgiving when it comes to busy schedules, I'm not so when someone's trying to make me fat! How can I not bookmark these, Cecil? There's cinnamon in the cream cheese, there's cream cheese in the fridge, there's Dee mentally shopping for fat clothes... sigh.

Erica said...

Hm! These may work for my dad! I emailed my mom to see if she planned on making him his pumpkin pie because if so....I will not make the pie and may switch to these!

Adam said...

Yup, this is a dream team for Fall. How interesting to get the recipe from your pilates instructor :) I guess there is food connections to be found everywhere.

Alexa said...

Those cupcakes look like the perfect autumn treat. I love those flavors!

Prudy said...

Those look fabulous! Great idea, Vik!

Elra said...

Oh I can smell them from all the way here. Sounds like a perfect thanksgiving dessert! Delicious...

tigerfish said...

I saw so many Cs in this I?

Yasmeen said...

YUM the frosting looks sinfully good:)

Nazarina A said...

Ooooh this little morsel looks decadent!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Ummmmmmmmm iam drooling over. Looks delightful.

anudivya said...

First time here, and I love these cupcakes, they are real cuties...

Erica said...

totally featured this recipe today. You are fabulous

Kevin said...

These sound great!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

hihihieeeee i just made pumpkin + white chocolate cake hohohoooo doyannnn