Friday, October 31, 2008

Thanksgiving Cupcakes

So today is the last day to get a cupcake in for October's Cupcake Hero: Squash. So I made pumpkin spice cupcakes with molasses cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans. That would make far too long of a name. So I'm calling them Thanksgiving Cupcakes because on Sunday, in my never ending quest for turkey leftovers, I'm having my mom and stepdad, sister M., and Grandma down for a Dinner of Giving Thanks. Dinner of Giving Thanks should not be confused with Thanksgiving Dinner. This is just a small dinner with a big turkey so that I can have my favorite November lunch: A turkey sandwich on white, nutritionally negligible, bread, with Miracle Whip. Yes, it's plain. It's also the only time of the year where I will buy either Miracle Whip or fluffy white bread. I'm so excited.

Oh my, I've gotten way off track here.

So my little cupcakes. It's been sort of a hellish week. I've had something due in every class. One class I had a test AND a paper. So yesterday afternoon, the project due in that class was something we were doing in class, I whipped up these cupcakes. They were yummy! The molasses complimented the pumpkin cupcake and the toasted pecans just took it over the top. My class really enjoyed them.

Meanwhile the Brain stayed home and passed out Halloween candy. Why would our little town, and lots of other little towns across the Ohio, celebrate Halloween on the 30th? Because the 31st is a pagan holiday and they don't want to celebrate it. Does this make sense to anyone? I celebrate Christmas on the 24th. Does that mean I'm not celebrating Christmas? Ugh.

Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.

Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a small bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and pumpkin butter. Add the eggs one at a time and allowing each one to be absorbed before adding the next one. Beat in the milk. Then slowly add the dry ingredients, making sure they are fully incorporated.

Divide the batter evenly among cupcake wells. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center shows a few moist crumbs. The center should also spring back when lightly pressed.

Cool pan on rack for 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. package cream cheese
3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp molasses
4 cups powdered sugar

Beat together the cream cheese and butter. Beat in the molasses. Slowly add the powdered sugar. If the consistency is to soft, add more powdered sugar.

1/2 cup pecan chips

Place the pecans in a dry pan over moderate heat. Toast the pecans just until they start to smell.

Frost the cooled cupcakes with molasses frosting. There will be leftover frosting. Sprinkle cupcakes with toasted nuts.


Anonymous said...

The only, only time we have not trick or treated on THE day was because it was a school night, and for some reason I think that was when I was a kid. All the years of the Child being dressed up ...? Blur. He's handing out the candy this year.

Yummy cupcakes.

glamah16 said...

Your town sounds cute. So does that Dinner of Giving Thanks. CS loves his Miracle Whip. Abd last but not least, your cupcakes are sensational!

glamah16 said...

Sorry. Try now.

Sara said...

Folks in Ohio sure have some funny ideas... Halloween that's not really Halloween, Buckeye football, and the Creationism Museum. You live in a very very strange place.

Super duper yummy sounding cupcakes!

Deborah said...

I love, love love pumpkin cupcakes, so I could go for these! Enjoy your turkey sandwich!

Johanna said...

lovely cupcakes! if your town takes the pagan out of halloween does that mean they are just celebrating crass commercialisation?

CB said...

Mmmm... that molasses cream cheese frosting sounds awesome!

susan said...

oh my, what lovely looking cupcakes :]

Emiline said...

Those sound yummy! Is this the contest where we vote? I can't remember. I will vote for you, if it is.
Nooo, wait. That's iron cupcake.

Bellini Valli said...

I am loving pumpkin everything Mary. There was a movement to have Hallowe'en celebrated on another day a few years back but it is still celebrated on the 31st nevertheless. Christmas and Easter are religious holidays so why not let the Pagans have their chance...wink...wink..

Cakelaw said...

These look delicious - I am on a roll with pumpkin at the moment.