So let's start with a happy sunny picture from the beach taken over Christmas while we were visiting my fam in Cali. This pictures makes me warm and fuzzy. Particularly because it is currently 17* outside and I'm living in fleece pants, Ugg boots and unflattering poofy jackets.
These cupcakes also make me warm and fuzzy. I may have made these delish pumpkin cupcakes in October. And I may have intended to post the recipe while it was still relevant. And then I had a baby so the blog went out the window. Seriously, will Elliott EVER sleep more than 20 minutes at a time?? I can't be too annoyed because he is so freaking cute!
But before we get to the recipe, I wanted to share a few more pics of our recent trip to California - particularly la playa!! We got to go twice on play dates with my sister and her kiddos - is it still called a play date if you are family?
|Who doesn't love a park on the beach?? Shortly after this pic was taken, Owen ate it and had some serious rug-burn to the face. So maybe he doesn't love it?|
|The newest additions to the Yoss fam - Hannah is the spitting image of my sister at the same age! Elliott is truly a Stephens and looks nothing like me...|
|Owen, on the other hand, is the spitting image of me!|
|The water was freezing but the boys were loving it - maybe not Jer though...|
|I'm so sad we don't get to play at the beach everyday with cousins!!!|
|I mean, really. These babies are the cutest!|
Okay, enough reminiscing of our great trip to California and on to the yummy recipe! I got this yumminess from my friend Laura who is an avid cupcake baker! She made these heaven-sent cupcakes for my surprise baby shower in the Little Apple! (Sigh, I miss my Kansas family!) I've never made buttercream frosting before as I am a huge fan of cream cheese frosting. Well this, my friends, is the best of both worlds: Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting. WHAT? So good! And to make it even better: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. Be still my heart, I am in heaven! This frosting would be delish on anything. Seriously, graham crackers, teddy grahams, cakes, your finger tips. And my absolutely fave thing about this frosting: it pipes so easily!!! I always have trouble trying to pipe cream cheese, but this stuff is like a dream! TRY IT.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
1 box yellow cake mix
3/4 can pumpkin pie mix (approximate 1 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup oil
Dash of cinnamon
Mix all ingredients until batter is smooth and creamy. Scoop with an ice cream scoop into lined muffin tins, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake at 350* for 15 minutes or until top spring bake when gently pressed.
Cream Cheese Buttercream
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
3 - 4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 Tbsp.meringue powder (optional - I didn't use it, so I'm not sure how it would change the consistency as I am not a food scientist...)
Combine shortening, butter, cream cheese, and salt for about 5 minutes. Add the extracts and mix well. Add 2 cups sugar and the meringue powdered (if using) and mix well. Continue adding sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you reach the desire consistency.
|My sweet Kansas friends who threw a surprise baby shower for me! Miss you ladies!!|