Cupcake Pumpkin Patch

I can’t believe I haven’t posted in so many months! I have failed miserably at blogging and sadly this is because I have not been a very good baker. :/ See, when I started this blog in February, I was still looking for a job and so I had plenty of time to bake. Then in July, I finally found a job at Hobby Lobby and for some reason I just haven’t had the energy to bake much in the last few months but I am going to work to change that. In an effort to make myself bake, I bought some food coloring and sprinkles and stuff at work last week. (You would think that since I work in a craft store and get a discount, I would buy tons of baking stuff and bake myself crazy, but that just hasn’t been the case.) The result was these cute pumpkin cupcakes.

They are a little pumpkin patch of cupcakes. 🙂

I used Wilton’s Chocolate Cake recipe and it was very yummy. I baked the cupcakes for 22 minutes and the recipes made almost 3 dozen. For the frosting, I just kind of threw whatever ingredients I had together. I used a stick and half of butter, just under 3 cups of powedered sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla, and about 2 tablespoons of milk. It’s yummy but not enough for all the cupcakes (although I ate one, dropped two and used one for the stems, so in the end I had just enough.)  I frosted as many cupcakes orange as I could and then used the green on the extras. I covered them with sprinkles from the fall sprinkle mix I got at work and added a stem from pieces of cupcakes and a couple of leaves. I love how cute they turned out. Here is a close up of one.

I’m so glad I had a chance to make these and decorate them. I miss baking, and all the other creative things I love that I jsut don’t have the motivation to do. Hopefully, this will be the first of many posts because I miss it and I’m tired of not doing the things I love. I also don’t want to go another four or five months without baking!

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Just Because I Wanted To :D

Yesterday I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Just because I wanted to. Isn’t that awesome? What’s more awesome is that I’m actually blogging about the day after and not next month! One step forward in beating the procrastination that tends to run my life! I’m excited, can you tell? Haha, anyway, I made used this Devil’s Food Cake  recipe from BHG to make these cupcakes (I used only the cake recipe, not the glaze or frosting).

It was the first time I had tried it and they are pretty good. I think they could use more chocolate or something but the cake is nice and light and fluffy. And they definately satisfied my craving for cake. And, just so you know, I used butter instead of shortening because I didn’t have shortening but it didn’t give me any problems.

Doesn’t that cake look perfect? They are very yummy and I will certainly make them again but I will probably add in more cocoa and maybe take out the cinnamon.  I topped them with this Vanilla-Chocolate Powdered Sugar Frosting, opting to add in the cocoa powder, of course. I’ve made this frosting before and it was pretty good. This time I added more cocoa powder and then added an extra tablespoon of milk. Next time, I won’t add the third tablespoon of milk because it was too soft (but still good). It’s a pretty sweet frosting but that works here.

These were a very yummy treat and were just what I needed to satisfy my craving for cake. My little sisters really liked them too and I’m sure there won’t be any left by the end of the weekend. If you’ve got a craving for chocolate cake, try out these recipes this weekend and let me know what you think. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂