Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Creative jucies not flowing!, Pumpkin Cupcakes and Turkeys

My creative juices are not really flowing right now! You see we had a minor flood which has caused major damage to our home. I will do my best to cook, bake, post and to visit your sites, but as the jackhammers come in and the wood flooring and walls go out I'm not sure how consistent I'll be.

I did make some yummy mini cupcakes last week that I would like to share with you guys.

Pumpkin Cupcakes
adapted from Martha Stewart.
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (added a bit extra)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (didn't use)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (didn't use)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree.
  3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until tops spring back when touched, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pans once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

Not wanting to worry about refrigerating the cupcakes I made the following icing for the cupcakes. It didn't have the same exact taste as cream cheese icing but it was close.

  • Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 of a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 stick of Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

My measurements are not exact except for the butter. I really just dumped everything into my bowl and added ingredients until it was the taste and consistency I wanted.

Thanksgiving Turkeys

Here is how I used the left over Oreos and Halloween candy.
they are cute and easy to make.


George Gaston said...

Sorry to hear about your flood... Mother Nature can surely do some devilish things sometimes.

Your mini-cupcakes are incredible and that Oreo turkey is so creative ~ you are something else and looks like quite the trooper, too. Take care...

Karine said...

I am so sorry about your flood!

An oreo turkey? That's an original idea!

Amy Nicole/RubyMtnBeads said...

Cute turkeys! I am just sitting here shaking my head at the pictures of the damage. I can't imagine. I hope they get it cleaned up quickly!

redkathy said...

Oh you poor dear, I have been there done that twice with the flood thing! Your cupcakes look fabulous and the Oreo turkeys are so cute seems the flood didn't affect your foodie side, just your wallet and privacy. Just remember this all will pass. good luck!

Karen said...

How terrible - you're excused from the blog world!

Velva said...

Holy cow! I feel for you. I know that is terribly stressful. Mother Nature was obviously not in a good mood that day. Yet, you still managed to pull off some awesome cupcakes and some amazing oreo turkeys.
I really love your holiday themes.
Hope everything gets back to normal soon for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Oh no! I am SO sorry to hear about your flood! That looks like a huge amount of work! I can't believe with all of that going on you still made cupcakes and those adorable turkeys! I'm stealing that idea for sure!

petite nyonya said...

Yikes! Flooding is terrible! I hope everything will get fixed up real soon. I've always wanted to try make pumpkin cupcakes but haven't had the time yet. Take care!

Debbie said...

Oh I'm really sorry to hear about the flood. I hope everything gets back to normal for you soon...The oreo cookies are adorable! What a great idea!

Palidor said...

Yikes! That's terrible. I hope that you'll be able to fix everything soon. Very impressive that you found time to bake and make cute Oreo turkeys!

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Cheryl said...

I am so sorry about your flooded house, that sucks big time. The cupcakes are so moist and gorgeous looking tho!

Claudia said...

So sorry about the flooding - years ago we had prpoblems with our basement till we finally fixed it. It can be a nightmare. Wow - you sure do well under adversity - the cupcakes are delicious!

Juliana said...

Oh! What a mess...sorry to hear that you went through such an ordeal, we had a flood a few years ago, and it was a nightmare...
Your pumpkin cupcakes sure look yummie! Like the idea of using condensed milk for the frosting :-)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I can't believe you found the time to post amid the mess you're surrounded with. I hope it all gets resolved quickly. Don't worry about us - we'll be here when you get back to normal.

Lea Ann said...

How absolutely horrible! I'm so sorry. I have a friend who owns a restoration company and I hear all kinds of horror stories from him. What would we do without companies that know how to fix these kind of disasters. Those cupcakes look awesome and I can't believe you found time to post this.

Camille said...

I'm so sorry about your flood! I'm sending positive thoughts:) I've had my basement flooded when we lived on Cape Cod. Not fun. I can't imagine what you are dealing with. I'm pouting for you:C

The cupcakes look delish. And, I think the turkeys are way too cute.

Sweet and Savory said...

You have been through a hard time and yet you make those yummy cupcakes. How do you do it all?

You're quite a gal.

Thanks for being a cyber friend.

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