Monday, January 6, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 1 2014

Today is my first Pinned It Made It Monday for 2014. This first Monday of the year is a cold one. Right now it is -9 with a windchill of -23. Definitely a good day to do some baking!

I made these salted caramel frosted pumpkin cupcakes for Thanksgiving and didn't get them posted. They were soooo yummy and definitely a hit with the family. I am going to make them again today, so thought this was a good time to share the recipe.
source: fishstitch
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 tbls butter (softened)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tbls water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 24 tabs unsalted butter (3 sticks)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1.  INGREDIENT PREP:  First, we’re going to mix a bunch of stuff up separately only to mix it all together later.  In one bowl whisk together your first set of dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves).  In a separate, smaller bowl combine milk and vanilla.  Set both of these bowls aside.
2.  COMBINE:  In a large bowl or in a mixer, beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar, until fluffy.  Then, one at a time, add the eggs.  Once eggs are combined, beat in pumpkin on low speed.
3.  ADD:  In 3 parts, add the flour and milk mixture; alternating between the two.  Beat on low speed until completely incorporated.
4.  POUR:  Line your cupcake pan, I used parchment paper, and fill each liner with a couple of spoonsful of batter.
BAKE:  @ 350* for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out batter-free, then let cool.

1.  COOK:  In a small saucepan, briefly stir together sugar and water and bring to a boil.  Continue cooking on medium-high heat, without stirring, until the mixture turns DARK amber in color.  About 7-8 minutes.
2.  ADD:  Remove sugar and water mixture from heat and slowly add in cream and vanilla.  Stir with a wooden spoon until mixture is completely smooth.  Then set aside until it is cool to the touch.  About 30 min.
3.  COMBINE:  In a mixer, combine butter and salt on medium-high speed until fluffy.  Then, on low speed, add powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.  Once powdered sugar is combined, turn the mixer off, scrape down the sides and add the cooled caramel.  To combine caramel, beat on medium-high for 2-3 minutes until airy and thoroughly mixed.
4.  CHILL OUT:  Cover the frosting and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.

PUT IT ALL TOGETHER:  Once the cupcakes have cooled completely and the frosting has chilled, pipe (or spread) some of that sweet caramel goodness on top of those tiny little pumpkin breads, drizzle  with a little extra caramel sauce (if you so desire) and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt!

Definitely use the sea salt! It totally makes it so yummy.

Here is a picture of mine:

I also thought I'd share this homemade pumpkin pie I made with fresh pumpkin. 
Thank you for stopping by. Let me know if you try making these cupcakes. You won't be disappointed.
I am linking this up to Made by You Mondays
 Made By You Monday
and if Tammy posts today, I will be linking up to her blog as well.
Country Girl at Home for her Pinned It Made It Monday challenge.