Friday, October 6, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Hello! It's going to be full-on FALL over here for the foreseeable future. For the last three years beginning in September, I would start travel for work until November. To give you a good idea of what this week looked like last year, I left on Sunday for Northern Virginia, was home for a weekend and then left again for 4 solid weeks. While it was fun to eat my way through Virginia for 3 months, I'm happy to say that I now have the ability to do some fall baking, go to my barre class, and GO ON VACATION! It's going to be a great fall and I am prepared to take full advantage. 

What better way to start off fall baking than with the most basic of fall treats: a PSL cupcake! Now, lets talk about PSLs.....for years I refused to get in on the PSL trend mainly because (don't tell anyone) I don't really like Starbucks' version of the PSL. Dunkin' Donuts Iced Pumpkin Macchiato on the other hand is something I can get behind. It's not overly sweet and it is extra creamy with a hint of spice and pumpkin. What more could a girl ask for? 

Actually, what a girl could ask for is an iced Toasted Graham Latte from Starbucks. Does anyone remember those? I drank 456 of those over three months as I was traveling in 2015. That drink is my favorite Starbucks drink of all time. Please bring it back! 

Anyway, back to these cupcakes. What we have here is a deliciously dense, spiced, pumpkin cake topped with the fluffiest coffee buttercream of all time. Seriously. I gave one of these to a friend and he thought it was whipped cream. So. Fluffy. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

recipe from The Whole Bite

For the cakes

3 cups flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon ginger
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 15 ounce can pumpkin
1 cup oil

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill 2 cupcake pans with liners. 
  • In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients and set aside. 
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer combine eggs brown sugar, pumpkin, and oil. 
  • Add dry ingredients to the mixer on low speed until wet and dry ingredients are totally incorporated and smooth. 
  • Using a medium batter scoop or spoon evenly distribute batter between the 2 prepared cupcake pans and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  • Remove cupcakes from pan and place on a wire cooling rack until ready to frost.

For the Coffee Buttercream

1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules 
pinch of salt

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat room temperature butter until smooth and creamy.
  • Add powdered sugar and beat until just combined.
  • Add vanilla and salt and beat on high until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • In a small measuring cup combine coffee granules with 1 tablespoon water and stir until the granules have dissolved. 
  • Add coffee mixture to the buttercream and mix on medium speed until just combined. 
  • Bump mixer up to the highest speed and beat until frosting gets lighter in color and super fluffy, about 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Frost completely cooled cupcakes and top with cinnamon before serving. 


Friday, September 22, 2017

It's Fall Ya'll!

It's the first day of fall! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite fall recipes, some recipes that I'd like to try, and some fall projects I'd like to tackle. The last few years I've been on the road traveling for work and have missed out on all the fall fun, so this year I'm squeezing all the cozy goodness out of the season that I can!

Lakyn & Judah Fall Favorites

Lakyn & Judah Fall Bake-List

These have been on my list for several years, and I haven't gotten around to making them. I will this year though!

These will be so great to take to our small group on Sunday nights!

Fall = Sweet & Cinnamon Carbs

I'm imagining chai-spiced twists!

I have a thing for apple cider if you can't tell!

I also have a major thing for everything spice. YUM!

The texture of the pecans on top of these fluffy donuts is calling my name. 

This reminds me of my Aunt Vickie and I'm going to need to make it for her!

These cupcakes look amazing! 
Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, and this takes it to a whole new level.

Lakyn & Judah Fall Projects

Cutest pumpkins EVER!