Mmmmmmm, this Make-a-Cake series always makes me so hungry.
Brittany always creates the most delicious things.
But this one has me thinking of how I can justify making them this weekend………… ………and then again next week for Thanksgiving. Yum.
I love making food that will multi-task for me, especially when it helps me with the busy holidays.
This thanksgiving I will have a dessert that will do three jobs:
Act as a festive name card on the table.
A really delicious treat to share with all attending.
Saves time by not needing to dish up dessert after dinner.
This thanksgiving we are having….
Caramel Soaked Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Toasted Walnuts.
I have a favorite Thanksgiving dessert. It’s pumpkin cheesecake with caramel sauce. I enjoy it every year but its always hard to serve and takes a long time to make. It’s worth it, but I decided that by turning those similar flavors into cupcakes this year, it would save me some time ……….and they’re cute too!
After I put the cupcakes all together, I took a bite and all the flavors of my favorite dessert came together. In that moment, I decided they were even better in cupcake form!
I think I have a new favorite Thanksgiving dessert! Maybe you’ll love it too……especially all of those delicious fall flavors. The pumpkin, walnuts, caramel and cream cheese all rolled into a fantastic cupcake, will not disappoint.
Now onto the part where you can make your own.
Name Cards I used the cupcakes as name cards. You can do first initials like I did or whole names. It’s up to you.
**Cut your letters from fondant and let them dry for 24 hours on a cornstarch coated sheet pan.
I made mine orange and white. You can do any colors you’d like.
To make the cupcakes, I used a regular french vanilla cake mix and added to it.
I baked them in cupcake liners but you can skip that step and bake then in a greased muffin pan.
Makes 20-22 cupcakes
1 cake mix (french vanilla or white)
1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup milk
Fill your greased muffin tins 2/3 full and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
After the cupcakes cool, put each cupcake into a glass sauce dish.
**I think these are pretty common. I am pretty sure you can pick some up at Walmart.
Using a melon baller or small spoon, make a small hole in the top of your cupcake.
Then, pour a 1/2 tablespoon of caramel topping into the hole.
(I just bought Smuckers brand caramel. Use your favorite brand or homemade. Mmmm.)
The caramel will soak down into the cupcake over the next hour.