Monthly Archives: November 2011

Perfect Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

These are the best cupcakes I have made so far! They had a rich pumpkin flavor, the cake was fluffy and SUPER moist, and the frosting was quite decadent.

For the cupcakes

1 box Yellow Cake Mix
Vegetable Oil
1 can Pumpkin Puree

Make cake mix as directed on the box but do not add water! Instead add the can of pumpkin puree. Divide the batter into prepared muffin tins with liners and bake at 350 def F for about 18 minutes (Check them at 15 min to make sure).

For the frosting
(From Gina’s Skinny Recipes)

8 oz softened cream cheese (don’t use fat free)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
5 tbsp packed brown sugar

Mix together all ingredients until smooth. I would recommend heating the cream cheese to mix it because I just let it sit to room temperature to soften it and it did not smooth out as well as I wanted it to. It was still good though!


Decoupage Pumpkins

As part of my “12 by 2012”, getting 12 things done by December 31, I decided I wanted to make my own crafty decoration for Halloween. I found a great idea from Pocketful of Dreams for a decoupage pumpkin. I loved the idea so I tried it myself and made my own handout for it. I have never decoupaged anything before and it was so much fun, I will definitely be using my mod podge more in the future.

My 12by2012

Amazing Autumn

I love fall! It is by far my favorite season :) I’m starting off my fall posts with a few things I love about fall…

The holidays are coming up and it is definitely the best time of the year. I absolutely love Halloween through Valentines day, really. So far I have made a decoupage pumpkin and Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting- delicious!

Also, an update on my 12 by 2012– #1 and #2 are complete :)

1) Make a Halloween decoration

2) Find my nephew a cute birthday gift