Friday, November 12, 2010

Pumpkin Cupcakes

These pumpkin cupcakes were actually the other flavor that my friend wanted for her daughter's christening.  I've been wanting to do something this autumn with marzipan and thought the little pumpkins would be cute.  This is an idea I've seen a few places and is in the Martha Stewart Cupcakes book. I used that recipe for the pumpkin cupcakes, but did my marzipan pumpkins a little different, primarily as I don't have a leaf cutter that is that small.  I made cream cheese frosting to go with the pumpkin cupcake, but I made a triple recipe to be able to frost a few dozen cupcakes.  I have some leftover that I'll freeze to use later - maybe for red velvet cake for the holidays.

I reconstituted my marzipan with corn syrup after it thawed.  At first I thought I'd need to scratch it, but it ended up coming together after a lot of kneading.  I used Americolor Electric Orange and Leaf Green to color the marzipan for the pumpkin decorations.

They turned out nice and bright! I could've gone easier on the green. 

I don't have a tiny leaf cookie cutter, so I used this cutter and then snipped it into smaller pieces to use as the stem.

I rolled out the orange and cut it into pieces to have enough to put on all the cupcakes.

I rolled the orange pieces into little balls and set them aside on parchment paper so they wouldn't stick to the counter.

When I put them all together, I dipped the stem in a tiny bit of corn syrup to help it stick. Then I used a toothpick to put ridges on the sides of the pumpkins.

I love them - how cute!  I didn't take the time to carve a pumpkin this year, but I made my own!

A pumpkin patch of cupcakes...


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  2. When I first saw those cupcakes, I definitely thought you just put a store-bought candy on top. But, what you did is so much better! I love that you made them!

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  4. these look great! How darling. I love the marzipan pumpkin idea, it is just so creative. did you go to culinary school? If you haven't, you would love it.

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  5. Thank you for your lovely comments! I really enjoyed making these and try to craft my own decorations with marzipan and fondant (that is made from scratch). Kendall - I was enrolled in pastry school, but recently went back to my full time career. I'd love to get back to it someday, but I'll be continuing to bake regardless and hope to take different classes here and there. I've taken a little break from baking projects since mid-November, but hope to do some baking around the holidays.