Cupcakes for ChangeSeptember 26, 2008 at 7:06 AM | Posted in blog event, cupcakes | 24 Comments
Tags: pumpkin pie, sugar high fridays
I try to keep it light and fun on my cupcake blog. When you think of cupcakes, you *should* think whimsical, no? For the most part my non-cupcake recipes and life’s other randomness are on my food blog but now that I find politics and cupcakes colliding, its hard to avoid the oncoming headlights.
This election is one of the biggest world changing events that will happen in our lifetime. We are living history, readers! The American people are in the middle of financial turmoil and foreign policy chaos and its getting worse not better. Both Republicans and Democrats can agree on that. Heck the price of butter (among other groceries) has dramatically increased (we all know how much butter I use! Yikes!). Its definitely time for a change.
The only way that change happens is if the people make it happen. I am not here to tell you who to vote for. There are plenty of blogs, news media, family, friends etc that will give you their opinion. Become informed. Wade through the hype. … and make your decision come election day.
So regardless of your political affiliation, make your voice heard. Capeesh?
(image credit: Get out the vote via Aiga)
Why so serious, CB? Its just cupcakes.
Actually its not “just” cupcakes anymore. Cupcakes have become a platform for individuality and expression. Some will even legally protest if you challenge that individuality. Think about it. Each cupcake can be decorated to show your support of various things. Think cupcake toppers, fondant decor, sprinkles, transfers, piping etc…
Case in point.
My most recent order are cupcakes in honor of the presidential debate tonight. The only request was that it be decorated in support of Barack Obama. After a little research, (with help from my favorite foodie, Nikki, aka google masta) I found some assorted cupcake toppers and an article that listed Obama’s favorite dessert as pumpkin pie. *light bulb*
See what I mean?
Its just that easy to make your voice heard without saying a word.
All you need is a cupcake.
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
(Recipe adapted from Gigi Cakes | photos from me!)
Makes about 20 cupcakes (I got 17)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon*
1/2 tsp ginger*
1/2 tsp nutmeg*
1/4 tsp cloves*
1/2 cup of canola oil
3 large eggs
*You can replace all those spices with 2-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice if you have it
For whipped cream
1-1/2 cups whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp granulated sugar
cinnamon or nutmeg, garnish
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
Sift the flour, baking powder & soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves and set aside. In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, oil until smooth.
Slowly add the flour mixture until incorporated. Careful not to over beat.
Fill the liners 1/2-2/3 full and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 17-20 minutes.
Cool cupcakes before piping on whipped cream.
To make whipped cream—
In mixer with whisk attachment, whip the cream, vanilla extract and sugar on high speed until thick.
To assemble cupcakes—
Using a 1M star tip, pipe the whipped cream on each cupcake. Sprinkle with cinnamon (or nutmeg) for garnish.
Husband rating: A+
He loves pumpkin pie. Its probably one of the reasons why Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday so you can probably guess that he raved about this cupcake.
Wifey rating: A
I am not a pumpkin pie fan but this cupcake was moist and full of pumpkin cinnamon-y flavors. I admit I enjoyed every bite. Hmmm… I am thinking these cupcakes would be perfect for our Thanksgiving dessert!
I would also like to submit this cupcake for Sugar High Friday: Cupcakes edition. I’ve seen this event on various favorite blogs but when it was announced that this particular SHF would highlight cupcakes, I knew I had to participate. Of course I am barely sliding in under the deadline but hopefully Fanny of Foodbeam will include me in the round up anyways, pwetty pwease… w/ a cherry on top?
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