Thursday, October 15, 2009
Martha Stewart Cupcake Club #3 : Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Hello Sweet Readers!
So here we are with the 3rd official installment for the Martha Stewart Cupcake Club! They are Pumpkin Patch cupcakes. This month's choice came from Kim over at What the Whisk.
Here are mine! I just love the little adorable pumpkins. They are made out of marzipan..which I also love. I discovered that I could only make three since the other bar of marzipan I had was covered in chocolate. Oh, the horror! I had to eat several bites just to soothe myself. When I bought it, I thought it was plain, but, alas, it wasn't. I guess it was meant to be that I got to enjoy a yummy chocolate treat. Oh the tough life I lead, I tell ya.
So how was the pumpkin cupcake? It was outstanding! I really liked this cupcake. I was a bit wary of it being too dense, like a pumpkin bread, but it wasn't. It was light and moist and had the perfect crumb. I think the cake flour in the recipe really made it more "cupcakey" than "bready". The spices were just right. I was actually wondering if it would be too spicy since it called for a tablespoon of ginger, among all the other spices. I nearly cut it down, but I didn't. And it was perfect. The pumpkin flavor was not lost among the spices and it left a lovely lingering pumpkin taste in my mouth.
The recipe said that it would make 32. I got 36 regular cupcakes and 28 minis. I don't overfill, obviously, but, as you could see from the photos, they are full enough, right!? Just a little crown on top. Gotta leave room for max frosting, in my opinion.
By the way, my hubby L-O-V-E-D these. He is actually quite picky about his cupcakes, and although he prefers creme brulee and chocolate chip cookies to any cupcake out there, he was mightily impressed with these. Read "mightily" as 3! Just thought I'd bring in another opionion here. :)
So if you are in the mood for your house to smell like fall and get all cozy eating one (or more) of these scrumptious treats, I highly recommend this recipe. It's in the book, and I'm not allowed to post it, but if you like cupcakes, YOU HAVE GOT TO BUY THIS BOOK! It really has tons of yummy recipes and great photos.
Be sure to go to http://mscclub.blogspot.com/ and check out all the links to the other bakers taking on this fun challenge! And get your pumpkin ready!