Monday, September 17, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Cupcakes

I've been reminiscing about my past summer. (All the weddings my cupcakes have attended)!!!  And I plan on continuing with that.♥  But I also have to live in the present moment.

Can I just say I am so stoked and most importantly...grateful?!
This is me beaming in the reflection of my new shiny double convection oven at the Amanda Cupcake Mansion. ♥ It even says "PRO" on it. (The pressure's on now)!
As of Friday morning (September 14th) my little cupcake estate was approved by the health department. This is my new kitchen.
My "fairy godmother" and I had a toast over Cupcake Wine and cupcakes to celebrate!
I even have a view to the outside world while I make cupcakes for you♥
This was moving day.  I used to store my entire kitchen under the basement stairs of Cronie's in Waupaca, using crates as makeshift shelves in the basement.  You ask how I stay thin making delicious cupcakes?  Here's your answer. I ran up and down the stairs to get my supplies, all night long.   (FYI, there is glitter foreverly imprinted in the wood of the stairs. I left my mark at Cronie's).
And..believe it or not..I made thousands of cupcakes out of this pretty historical single rack oven out of the Cronies kitchen. (I'll never ever forget where I started).  The secret to making sure my cupcakes were baked evenly with this oven?  Making sure the temp was turned down to 250 degrees and rotating the cupcake pans every so often.
Now you see why I was smiling in the reflection of my new oven.  With a few tear droplets coming out of my eyes too ♥ It was a *moment* in my time here as Amanda Cupcake.
Ok. So you want to know where the cupcakes are.
Here are some that I made right before my move:
Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Cupcakes
to celebrate fall.
They are cupcakes that taste just like pumpkin pie..with pumpkin pie pop tarts baked inside!
I cut up pumpkin pie pop tarts into little squares. The pop tarts are popping out of the pumpkin colored cupcake..just like they pop out of the toaster!  The sprinkles I added look like they are falling off of the pop-tart. ♥
This is what the pumpkin pie pop tarts look like baked inside of a cupcake. Baking a pop tart inside of a cupcake is easy, and after they are baked inside of the cupcake they taste like little pies! 
Step by Step:
1.  Cut your untoasted pop tarts up into little squares using a serrated knife. 
2.  Scoop a small amount of batter into the bottom of a cupcake liner and place the pop tart square on top of the batter. 
3.  So the pop tart square is a surprise..I hide it by pouring more pumpkin pie batter over the top of the pop tart!
Now the recipe for the cupcakes so you can try this at home:
Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Cupcakes ♥
1 box white cake mix
1 (14oz) can of Pumpkin Pie Filling
1 (4oz) box of vanilla pudding (or you can experiment and try other fun flavors like cheesecake, white chocolate, etc).
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
1 1/4 cup buttermilk or milk
3 eggs
Box of Pumpkin Pie pop tarts

My main ingredients in everything I bake:
Patience, Sparkles, and LOVE.

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
3. Pour your cake mix and pudding powder in stand mixer, whisk until combined.
4.  Gradually add remaining ingredients and mix on medium-high for 2 minutes, making sure to scrape down the bowl to incorporate all the ingredients.
5.  Pour batter into tins.
6.  You can place a piece of pop tart in each before baking if desired. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean.
7.Once cooled, top with frosting and poptart.
Tip for the pumpkin pie pop tart cupcakes:  Because there is so much delicious heavy pumpkin action going on inside of the cupcake batter, the pumpkin pie cupcakes are dense & don't rise very high.  You can fill the cupcake liners almost 3/4 full.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz of Cream Cheese
8 oz unsalted butter
3-5 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
3-4 Cups Powdered Sugar
1.  In a large bowl, whip your Cream Cheese & Butter together until creamy.
2.  Add Vanilla Extract and Heavy Whipping Cream.
3.  Gradually add Powdered sugar.  For a more "fluffy dreamy" frosting swirl, use about 2-3 Cups Powdered Sugar.   For a stiffer frosting consistency (good for piping texture), use 3-4 Cups Powdered Sugar.

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At September 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM , Blogger jhi29 said...

You should be very proud of how far you've come, and how much you've accomplished! Sheer determination of the Glitter Brigade!

It's all lovely! Cannot wait to be a part of it with you! :) xoxo

At September 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These look so good!!!! And Easy! (Even better!) Congrats on the new kitchen and getting approved by the health department!


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