Tasty Tuesday–Funfetti!

You know it’s a HOLIDAY¬†at our house when Pillsbury Funfetti cupcakes arrive on the scene. Even though I do a lot of our baking from scratch, there’s something special about a Funfetti cake with brightly colored frosting and more Funfetti sprinkled on top! I think we’ve now tried all the seasonal varieties…Valentine’s, Spring, Halloween, Stars & Stripes, and the ubiquitous Holiday.

In addition to the seasonal varieties, I’ve made at least one of the other colorful varieties. What I’m really waiting for, though, is the day when they might make “Lucky” Funfetti with bright green frosting and shamrock sprinkles!

Tasty Tuesday–Pumpkin Cupcakes with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a fun recipe for fall. If you really like ginger, you can add some more to the frosting…it’s fairly subtle at one teaspoon–a nice, light flavor, but not overpowering. If you’re feeling fancy, you could also add a little crystalized ginger on top!

Cupcakes

  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt

Blend the eggs, oil, sugar, and pumpkin in a large mixing bowl; set aside. Stir together dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and beat until well blended. Pour into lined muffin tins. Fill about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until center springs back when touched. Cool completely before frosting. Makes 32 cupcakes.

Frosting

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cupcakes.

Artistry on Cakes

I had the chance to attend the Belleville News Democrat “Lipstik” Women’s Show at the Gateway Conference Center with a friend this morning. There were some pretty strange booths there, but there were a couple of real treasures, including Artistry on Cakes. It was so much fun to look at all of the different cake (and cupcake) creations!

I don’t know why I showed Turkey this picture of a Lego cake…I’m pretty sure he wants to fire me as the family baker, now!

I love the sparkle on these cupcakes–I’m going to have to try some of that at home.

There were all kinds of amazing baby cakes–it makes me wish I knew someone who was having a baby shower!

And the wedding cakes! Pictures really don’t illustrate their beauty, but you get the idea:

It’s hard to see in the picture, but this cake had an amazing wavy top.

I can’t believe the amount of time, (and patience!), that must go into these creations. My hand cramps up by the time I’m done doing one birthday cake–I can’t imagine an undertaking something the magnitude of what I saw at the show!

One Last Time

For one last time this Christmas season, the stockings have been filled (thank you Target after-Christmas clearance!), a special treat has been baked (it wouldn’t seem like a holiday without Pillsbury Funfetti!), and we will have one last day of “Christmas School” (complete with one last craft and story).

Epiphany signals the end of our Christmas celebrations, but for one more day, we can give gifts, joyfully say “Merry Christmas!” and enjoy our decorations and Christmas music!