Happy Halloween everyone!
We don’t really have Halloween in Portugal but since I was a kid I’ve watched it in movies and TV shows and learned a lot about it. Since I’m spending a few days at my parents’ home, I thought it would be nice to do something to celebrate it! =)
So I chose one recipe, chose some treats to have at home if any kids showed up and my mom printed a ghost and we glued it on the front door (image on the right). Lame, but cute. Halloween, Portuguese style eheh 😉
So, first things first. I’m a subscriber for some channels on YouTube.
One of them is Blair Fowler’s Beauty channel – Juicystar07 – and a few weeks ago I found out she had another channel, a more generic one – Otherjuicystar07 – where she posted a video on how to make pumpkin spice cupcakes. When I first saw this video (I love baking and all things related to cooking) I thought that was a recipe I really had to try. She made the video in such a fun, easy way that it seemed really simple and almost as we could smell the spices coming out of the cupcakes. Kudos, Blair, I really hope you do some more of those! You nailed it and at the first time! 😉
I talked to my parents and we realized that making these cupcakes would be awesome for Halloween. So, as I wrote yesterday, bought all I need and started to make the recipe.
I don’t know if that is a family recipe or just one she found somewhere, but I really recommend it. So, I’m gonna list all the ingredients here and post a link where you can saw Blair making the cupcakes. It’s, as I said, a really fun and easy recipe. I’m sure you’ll love it.
Disclaimer: The photos with the ingredients are just the ones I bought, not my favorites, nothing I endorse, just the ones I found here in my town. Obviously, you can buy whichever brand you prefer.
Ingredients for the Cupcakes:
– 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon of baking soda
– 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
– 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– 1/2 cup butter, room temperature (Blair even recommends to take from the fridge one hour prior to baking, I thought that was good tip)
– 1 cup of granulated sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla (preferably organic)
– 3/4 pumpkin puree (in Portugal is really hard to find pumpkin puree so what I did was buy the pumpkin, cook it until really soft and then mashed it with a fork)
Ingredients for the Cream Cheese Frosting:
– 4 oz of cream cheese (room temperature)
– 2 tablespoons of butter (again, room temperature)
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
– 1 1/2 cups of sifted powdered sugar
As I said, I’m not gonna post the recipe, because it’s easy and you can watch it on Blair’s channel, but I’m gonna show you some pictures of my experience. In the first one, you can see the dry ingredients mix. I think it’s really important to sift everything, it really helps to soften the mix. The second and third are photos of the cupcakes’ batter and the frosting. The fourth is a picture I took at about half the way in the oven. The fifth is the cupcakes before decor. The other ones are my finished cupcakes. I know, believe me, they’re not the best looking but I can assure you they were the best cupcakes I’ve eaten so far in my life. I love the combination of the spices with the pumpkin and with the frosting.
But let me tell you one thing. First, I wasn’t using my baking materials. The cupcake tin is not the ideal. It’s more of a muffin size than actual cupcake size. So, first no no. The batter left I had to put in paper cupcake cups and it resulted in huge thin cakes, that you can also see in the pictures weren’t the ideal. And finally, something happened to my frosting just moments before decor time and it became somewhat strange lol
Even with all this happening, I’m proud. =) This was the first time I baked and tasted pumpkin spice cupcakes. I had to decorate them with a Halloween-y theme so, some I put a bit of pumpkin, the rest I wrote “Boo” with a chocolate pencil. =)
Let me thank you Blair for a really good recipe once again. You can watch her video of this here.
Final thoughts on this day… The bowl of candy you can see on the right is now practically empty. We’ve had around 30 kids trick or treating in our neighborhood and they seem like they’re having fun, even though I’m sure most of them don’t even understand why (only 4 or 5 had costumes, so, I think they did it just for the free stuff).
The state my sister lives in the USA had an unexpected snow storm on Saturday so I don’t know if they’re having Halloween festivities today. In some communities, they’re postponing it so I think that’s probably what happened. I mean, going trick or treating in 20 inches of snow is not that fun with small kids, right? But still, I hope they celebrate it later.
It’s a day I love, and it always reminds me of the country I’d love to be living today.