It may still be in the low 80's, and I might still be rocking shorts and flip flops, but that doesn't mean that I was any less excited to see mums and pumpkins in front of the grocery store when September 1st rolled around!
Is it too early to get excited about Fall?
I think that the earlier school starts, the earlier my anticipation of cool, crisp air and the spicy, earthiness of Fall begins.
I admit it: I've been looking at all things apple, pumpkin, burlap, and Fall-colored on Pinterest.
Anyway, the other day my daughter's Girl Scouts leader asked if parents would be willing to bake cupcakes for a VA event for homeless veterans.
No brainer...I bake. I'm a veteran. Oh yes...and I had a pumpkin cupcake recipe I wanted to try. :-)
I baked some cupcakes- 2 dozen for the veterans and a dozen or so mini cupcakes with the leftover batter to share with my husband's coworkers.
Soooo yummy! Moist, spiced, pumpkin goodness.
Did I mention that they're topped with a cream cheese frosting studded with orange zest?
Nom nom nom...
The only snag I hit was when I realized after I started mixing the batter that the recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice- I never buy pumpkin pie spice!
Thankfully, I remembered having the same predicament a couple of years ago and blogging about it, I doubled a recipe for pumpkin pie spice from Allrecipes and it worked beautifully!
This one's definitely a keeper, folks- and a perfect way to welcome in the beginnings of Fall!
4 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup Mazola® Vegetable Plus! Oil
2 cups sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Argo® OR Kingsford's® Corn Starch
4 teaspoons Spice Islands® Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 teaspoons Argo® Baking Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons butter OR margarine, softened
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 teaspoons Spice Islands® 100% Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
2. To make frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cupcakes.