i baked with pumpkin. therefore, it is autumn.

granted, it may still be august, but i was just ready…ok? our new upstairs neighbor gal moved in this week, so the fella and i wanted to bake her a “welcome to the ‘hood” treat. i know she loooooooooves the caribou pumpkin spice latte, so i headed to pinterest and searched for “pumpkin cupcake” – imagine my surprise when one of the first search results was actually a pumpkin spice latte cupcake from annie’s eats!

it’s a basic cupcake recipe that she tweaked to mimic the drink, complete with coffee brushed on top and a whipped cream frosting with cinnamon and caramel drizzled on top.


these are DELICIOUS. i baked 2 dozen and gave half a dozen to neighbor gal, kept half a dozen, and took a dozen to work. mid-afternoon, i found this note by the cupcakes:

dear baker

so yeah…they are pretty amazing.

i couldn’t find espresso, so i poured a little brewed coffee into the batter. with the first batch, i didn’t brush much coffee on the tops and you couldn’t really detect the coffee flavor. on the second batch, i was a little more heavy-handed and could just barely taste a hint of coffee.

i have never made a whipped cream frosting before and i have to admit, i was a little doubtful that over 2 cups of liquid and just 1/4 cup of powdered sugar would actually make a frosting. i was excited to use the whisk attachment on my mixer and lo and behold…it actually turned into frosting! i think i could have whipped it some more because it was pretty fluffy and i couldn’t really get it to look how i wanted, but it tastes great! and it’s perfect for this recipe since it mimics the whipped cream on a pumpkin spice latte.

the fella picked up the groceries for this recipe and bought caramel syrup instead of sauce, which didn’t work great but tastes just fine. a little too runny at room temp, so i put it in the fridge and waited til morning to put it on the second batch and that was a little easier to control.

now, i think i’m going to go have a cupcake for breakfast…

so pretty!


About Liv

i have a lot of hobbies. i cook and bake – usually, from scratch. i paint, though not as often as I would like. i love to make pottery on the wheel, though this hobby fell by the wayside while I was in grad school. now that I’ve finished, I’m looking forward to potentially getting back into ceramics and devoting more time and energy to all of my hobbies. my mom got me hooked on refinishing garage sale or thrift shop furniture into beautiful, rich pieces for the home. and my true love is crochet – i love the feeling of achievement in taking a ball of yarn and a hook and turning it into a beautiful afghan or purse or set of coasters. in some way or another, all of these hobbies center around making things – thus, creation nation.
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