Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bridal Shower Cupcakes

Princess Artiste and Princess Eager helped me make the cupcakes for Sunday's bridal shower.  We decided on pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing.
Pumpkin Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (bake mode)
Place cupcake liners (we used Wilton's festive gold and silver ones) in 2 standard 12-cup cupcake/muffin pans to make 24 cupcakes.  (We made 48, but in 2 batches.)
Measure into a bowl, and whisk together until well blended, then set aside:
1/4 c corn starch
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
In mixing bowl, mix the following until well-blended:
4 slightly beaten eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 c canola oil, or other vegetable oil
2 c sugar
1/2  28-oz can or 1 15-oz can pumpkin
Gradually add flour mixture, then beat on a fairly high speed for 2 minutes to blend well.  Fill each lined muffin cup to approximately 2/3 full, dividing the batter evenly between the 24.
Bake 25 - 30 minutes, until the centers spring back lightly when touched.  Remove from pans. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting (enough for 24 cupcakes):
1 8-oz package cream cheese
1 cube unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 lb powdered sugar
(for better decorating consistency, it can help to add a couple tablespoons of vegetable shortening.)
Blend until smooth.  Spread or pipe on cupcakes, as desired.  Large dots, swirls, stripes, etc. using just a few basic cake decorating tips, like in the Wilton Basic Cake Decorating Setmake for a quick and easy way to decorate the cupcakes.  The variation detracts from any inconsistencies, and people will be impressed.  It's easy, I promise.  
We also added red sugar crystal sprinkles to match the bride's wedding colors. The candle was for the groom's mother's birthday.


  1. Rhome I enjoy reading your blog. With that Bucket List, you don't have time to get old. The cupcakes look scrumptious. Great way to frost them. I never thought of using a decorating bag. Looks yummy and faster than a spreader.

  2. RHome, LOVING the look of those cupcakes. But what I love even more is Princess Bossy's Scripture pick for you - classic!


  3. Those cupcakes look amazing on the pedestals! I love the different patterns of the piped frosting. They look easy to do yet give a ton of individuality to each of the cupcakes when they're massed together. I especially like the one that looks like a whole bunch of raindrops. :)

  4. Glad you're enjoying these. I, fortunately, wrote this post yesterday...before we lost our electricity for 28 hours...Brrrr!...and was able to call Princess Sassy and have her publish it. So it was nice to check in tonight and see your comments! No time to get old...I like that!


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