Easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcake

Pumpkin Spice Cupcake

I’d like to think that I’m an amazing cook and I made these from scratch. Sadly, that’s not the case. I simply used a box that I found at my local grocery store. I checked Amazon, but I couldn’t find it there. While I am against buying from Wal*Mart while they suck so bad at paying their employees fair wages, but this was the only site that sold it online for those of you that might want to make them yourself.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcake

What really made these so yummy is that I filled them with the frosting. If you have wondered how to fill your cupcakes without destroying them, it’s very easy. You need a pastry bag filled with your icing. If you don’t have one, just use a storage bag or a sandwich bag with the tip cut. Put the bag in a tall glass and scoop the icing  into the bag to fill it without a lot of mess. Push the tip with the icing into the center and fill. Easy peasy. My first two high school jobs were in ice cream (Friendly’s and Dairy Queen), so I try to put my icing on as if I were filling a cup or bowl with ice cream.

If you can’t get your hands on this yummy box, try this version instead courtesy of Very Best Baking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (18.25 oz.) spice cake mix
  • 1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 container (16 oz.) prepared cream cheese or vanilla frosting

Directions:

  1. PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Paper-line or grease 24 muffin cups.
  2. BLEND cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil and water in large mixer bowl until moistened. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.
  3. BAKE for 18 to 23 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Spread cupcakes with frosting. Decorate with assorted sprinkles, if desired.

Guinness Cupcakes w/Jameson Irish Whiskey Frosting

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Guinness Cupcakes w/Jameson Irish Whiskey Frosting

What a better way to celebrate than with an alcohol-infused cupcake! I really enjoyed making this cupcake, especially for the beer and whiskey I drank while making the batter and frosting. The cupcake recipe is vegan and comes from the book, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. The frosting is not vegan friendly though.

Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Guinness (next time I make these, I will add more beer because the flavor is only slight)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. With an electric mixer, whisk together the soy milk and the vinegar. Add the Guinness, sugar, oil, and vanilla to the soy milk mixture and beat until foamy. Split the dry ingredients and beat until well incorporated.

Fill your cupcakes 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Jamesons Irish Whiskey
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Beat the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Add the Jameson’s, half of the confectioner’s sugar, and beat until smooth. Add the second half of the sugar and beat until smooth.

Did I mention this was Josh Duhamel approved?

He tweeted a picture of himself covered in slime, promoting the KCA and said too bad it wasn’t green beer. I responded and he retweeted me and added his approval.

Tina Fey Your Cupcake!

During the series finale of 30 Rock, Tina Fey did something that even to this day has me in awe. I am completely dumbfounded at the fact I never considered doing this myself. UNTIL NOW!

Tina, you are a genius!

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Now, icing in every lovely bite of cupcake. Tumblr is calling it a cupcake sandwich. I’m turning her name into a verb and using it as such: I just Tina Fey’d my cupcake!

How To Tina Fey Your Cupcake

To Tina Fey your cupcake you simply start with a regularly iced cupcake. Snap off the bottom right at the crown and place it on top of the icing. SO GOOD!

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