Pumpkin with pumpkin pie spice sprinkle! Pt. 3 of my thanksgiving cupcake theme
Flower edition of my thanksgiving cupcakes. See other post for details!
So these are thanksgiving cupcakes. The turkeys are the one out of the four decorations I made. I wanted to let you guys know (because I get a lot of questions on how to enhance box mix) that these cupcakes are both box mix.
I used Betty Crocker yellow and fudge cake mix.
Basic substitutes I did where:
1.) use buttermilk instead of water. I also “made” my buttermilk. Instead of buying it, I used regular milk and added a tablespoon of lemon juice. The important thing with this is, make sure you let the milk and the lemon juice sit together for about 5 minutes before you add it to your mix. I also used the same amount of milk that was asked for except with water.
2.) instead of oil, I melted butter. I kind of winged this one. After doing a bit of research I just melted butter and used the same amount of melted butter that called for oil. So essentially I put it in a measuring cup for liquids. But my cupcakes came out delicious. If you don’t agree, you can obviously do some of your own research and add as much as you can but the butter definitely gives it a richer taste.
3.) I added added added extra. So for the chocolate fudge I did:
A.) melted chocolate chips with a bit of crisco in a microwave and added it to my mix. I also added whole chocolate chips and cut walnuts to add a crunchiness.
For the yellow cakes I did:
A.) since it was the holiday seasons I went for those flavors I added some egg nog, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon & extra vanilla. They came out amazing and again I winged it. I wasn’t sure how much to put but I know I love the flavors and I just went with it. Never add a lot of spices though, because a little can go a long way.
***I also bought store bought frosting***
So for this I only:
1.) added powdered sugar. Now to understand why, I wanted it to be more stiff & the consistency I needed to decorate. Some people don’t like their frosting so sweet etc. etc. it’s also not a set amount only bc it depends on multiple aspects.
A.) temperature. If it’s hot I advise to add more only so it has a better chance of not melting and staying stiffer.
B.) how you’re decorating. If you want it fluffy or stiff it has a big thing to do with how much you add
C.) most importantly taste. I’ve learned that a pretty cupcake does not suffice for a bad tasting dessert. Make sure that you or the people eating the cupcake don’t become overwhelmed with the frosting. Especially if your cupcake is very flavorful you want to make sure you keep your frosting level to a minimum or it can become overbearing
2.) I whip it in a mixer. This makes it easier to get rid of any bumps or clumps of sugar and it becomes fluffier. Best thing ever.
3.) I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS buy CREAMY CREAM CHEESE especially if it’s store bought. It’s honestly the only one I care for. The others don’t taste anywhere close to homemade and I don’t care for the taste of the others but if you do then obviously, go for it.
I hope this helps! I’ll be posting more pictures and stuff & happy thanksgiving to you all. I appreciate your questions and comments about my cupcakes so much!
Just remember, a little love in your cooking goes a long long way. You can tell the difference from someone who cooks because they wants to and someone who does it because they have to. Also, don’t be afraid to try new things and wing it! Especially if you do have time to waste and be creative! Your cooking is a reflection of you and it’s always fun to create something amazing!
My snickers cupcakes. These are completely homemade. They are devils food cake, filled with snickers and homemade carmel sauce. Then I made a carmel buttercream frosting, and topped it with left over carmel sauce and chocolate drizzle. I didn’t put chocolate hearts on all of them because at the time I took the pictures, it was hot and the chocolate would have melted. The cupcakes were very rich so I didn’t want to add fondant or more snickers on top. Definitely a snickers/ chocolate lovers cupcake.
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