Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

I know, I just posted a pumpkin recipe last week. But can you really have too many pumpkin recipes? I think not. Especially in the world of food blogging, there is always room for more pumpkin recipes.

Actually, I’m kind of surprised I’ve never posted a recipe for pumpkin cupcakes before. It’s well known on my dad’s side of the family that every year I will bring pumpkin cupcakes and/or cookies to the family meal. This year I am not able to make it in person, but I’m there in spirit and sending virtual pumpkin love.

This particular pumpkin cupcake recipe is actually different than the one I’ve used in the past. Once I tried it, I knew my old recipe was old news. This recipe creates a perfectly domed cupcake, with a moist interior, and the perfect cupcake crumb. I made this particular batch for a work party at Jesse’s office and I heard that they were a huge hit. He certainly didn’t bring home any leftover cupcakes for me…. Good thing I got my taste tests in before he took them! 🙂



Guest Post: Mapledoodles

Happy Hump Day! If you can believe it, I finally have my entire kitchen unpacked and plan to get baking tomorrow! It’s been a wild ride over the last few weeks and I’m about ready to settle back into some normalcy. As I emerge from the chaos, I have one more friend helping me out with a guest post! Kelsey is the amazing woman behind the food blog Apple a Day. We haven’t yet had a chance to meet “in real life”, but I really hope we correct that problem in the very near future because she is such a sweetheart! She herself has just recently moved and has been traveling, so it means that much more that she is helping me out! As for her blog, she is well known for these amazing chocolate chip cookies (which I promptly made just a few hours after she originally posted it!), but some of my other favorites include her Meatless Monday posts, especially this Pasta with Roasted Vegetables. Yum! Thanks, Kelsey! These cookies really do sound perfect for unpacking and filling my new home with the warm smell of fall!
Good morning, Sunny Side Up readers! I am so glad to be here with you today, especially given the wonderful circumstances for Jessica. I know she really enjoyed her time in China and made wonderful friends there, but nothing compares to the feeling of being home with the ones you love.

I can only imagine how busy Jessica must be making the rounds to visit everyone, get her new digs unpacked and set up, and sneak in some snuggle time with her kitties she missed so very much. Cooking probably isn’t a top priority at the moment. Heck, it might not even be possible!

But Jess, I’ve made these just for you. I remember when I moved and had my kitchen semi set up. Cookies were one of the first things I baked. I didn’t have to locate too much equipment and I didn’t need all that much counter space to operate. I wanted you to have something with all the glorious flavors of fall. I wanted it to be something that would immediately make your new place smell like home while baking. I wanted something simple enough to make in a new kitchen and I wanted you to be able to nibble on it, one-handed, while unpacking. I hope you like these.

Welcome home.