I made these last night for our monthly birthday observance in Relief Society (our church's women's group.) I made sure my husband got to try one, and he said they are good, and that I should keep the recipe. They were a BIG hit with the ladies, and with the children who tried some of the extras! I used Pampered Chef Cinnamon Plus in place of the spices, and I'm sure it would be great with grocery store pumpkin pie spice instead of the individual spices. I tested with a wooden toothpick at 20 minutes, the minimum suggested, and ended up cooking them another 5 minutes to get a perfectly clean test. My Bosch mixer doesn't cream very well with small amounts, so I doubled the frosting recipe, and used about ¾ of the double recipe. I needed to use 1½-times the powdered sugar called for, because the amount given made a frosting too soft to hold its shape when piped.
HUH? ARE YOU SERIOUS?
This frosting is absolutely scrumptious! Be sure to beat it enough to make it light and fluffy and completely blended as the recipe says. Recipe is easy and cupcakes came out of the oven perfect. I made 12 large ones instead of 24 small. The cupcakes look and smell delicious but I'm taking them to a friend's home for lunch so I couldn't taste one yet. But I DID taste the frosting...A LOT!!! Perfect for a decadent Fall/Holiday dessert! Love these!
Hey, you're right -- what's NOT to love about chocolate and bacon together?? It's that sweet/salty thing!!!!
I'll preface this review by saying that I am NOT a good baker! But I swear, I really followed the recipe for the pumpkin cupcakes because they were to be a birthday gift for someone, however, they all ended up right in the compost piles. When I took the cupcakes out of the oven, they were lumpy looking, more like muffins than cupcakes. I tasted one and found that the cake was heavy and damp, although completely cooked. On a bright note, the frosting came out nice! I used it on some other cupcakes that I ended up making as a replacement for the pumpkin ones that I tossed in the compost. Maybe someone can tell me what went wrong.
This worked out pretty well. The family loved it including my 11 month old who is a picky eater. My tweaks...No frosting (dairy allergies for the baby) I exchanged out 1 cup of APF with whole wheat, removed allspice, use microplaned fresh ginger, fresh pumpkin instead of canned puree, and light brown sugar instead of granulated bleached. Awesome! Thanks for the recipie!