Serves me right for trying to cut corners! You may remember, my theme for Harper’s 1st Birthday Party was “FALL” – so PUMPKINS were a key visual throughout the party…including Pumpkin shaped dog-friendly cookies. When I was pulling together the menu for the party, I thought it would be the perfect occasion to make a pumpkin-flavored-dessert – and why not an easy one?!
Months ago I pinned these Weight Watchers friendly pumpkin muffins/cupcakes: http://toostinkincute.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-morning-treats.html and boy was this recipe a learning experience for this new baker! I am almost embarrassed to blog about this, BUT it’s why I blog –
to air my dirty laundry so readers can learn from my mistakes and successes! This is definitely one of those examples in which you will learn from my mistake. Here it goes:
- NEW BAKERS – READ FURTHER AND TAKE NOTE!
- SEASONED BAKERS – STOP HERE…OR KEEP READING AND TRY NOT TO POINT AND LAUGH, OK!?!
This Pumpkin Muffin recipe only calls for two ingredients – TWO:
- Cake mix and
- A can of pumpkin
…and it is good for Weight Watchers. Of COURSE I was going to try it! I bought the two ingredients, plus a Cream Cheese frosting (as suggested in the recipe). On the eve of Harper’s party, I turned the oven to the suggested heat and started pouring things into my Kitchenaid…and this is the point in which I stopped doing things correctly.
The originator of this recipe even warns you that the batter will be thick, but what I didn’t realize, is that one could beat it to be smooth and thick and not chunky and thick. Note to new bakers – if your batter is chunky before you put it in the oven, it will not even out while baking – it will bake as it is:
And chunky cupcake cake…
If our guests were not Elizabeth, her husband, Mack and my brother, I would have NEVER put these out. BUT since they all encourage my Pinterest-Woman-Tests, I served them. NOW, if you like Pumpkin,* these are pretty tasty! I would like to try them with the powdered sugar next time though because they are pretty filling. But, Mack liked the cupcakes so much that he took them home with him. To my HORROR, he put them out on the counter this past Saturday at his 30th birthday party and proceeded to give me “credit” for them. If a look could kill…well, you get the point.
- When batter is chunky, switch the mixer to smooth out chunks because…
- Chunky batter = bumpy cake
- Pumpkin ANYTHING is filling – a simple topping OR no topping works just fine
- DO NOT SEND MACK HOME WITH ANYTHING THAT IS MEANT FOR HIS EYES ONLY!
HAPPY NOMING DEAR READERS!
* If you do not like pumpkin, don’t eat these…there are only two ingredients and one is PUMPKIN! The cake does not cover the taste that much. Mr. Darcy is not a fan of pumpkin so he is not a fan of these.