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It’s Raining Cupcakes! (Includes Recipe) :D

Hi everyone! ūüôā¬†We all have hobbies and things we do to express ourselves.¬†my favorite thing to do is sleep

Some people are really creative and like to draw or paint.

Some people put all they’ve got into a sport.

Some people play video games.

Some people like to capture precious moments through photography.

And some people pour their hearts into words and write! ūüėČ

Regardless of your hobby, if you have one, it is a definite part of who you are.

Although I have many hobbies, one of my favorites is baking.

keep calm and bake onI love to bake cupcakes! ūüėÄ

My obsession over cupcakes didn’t begin¬†until I had finished reading practically all of the books I owned (one¬†of my hobbies also includes reading).

By the time I entered into the 8th grade, I had read the¬†Harry Potter series a total of 28 times (and then proceeded to read it again¬†4 more times for a total of 32 times¬†ūüôā ), finished The Hunger Games trilogy, the Divergent trilogy, the Percy Jackson series and more. I was running out of things to read, and this was a huge problem that no one really understood.

One night – after I had debated about reading Harry Potter again – I wound up grabbing the first book I saw and reading it just because.

It was called It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder. After reading this book, I was inspired and decided to try baking my own cupcakes.

I had baked before, but not without the help of my grandmother or mom, so the experience of doing this alone was new to me.

After my first batch of cupcakes came out a success, I kept experimenting when stressed and in doubt, cupcake it outwith cupcakes and creating my own unique flavors, just like in the book.

I made cinnamon-raisin cupcakes, strawberry-lemonade cupcakes, apple-pie cupcakes, and candy-cane cupcakes (which I handed out for Christmas gifts that year).

Cupcakes became my ground for a while.

you only live once lick the bowlIf I was bullied at school, I’d bake.

If I got a poor grade on my test, I’d bake.

If I won a contest, I’d bake.

It was like throwing a bunch of random ingredients into a bowl, attempting to create a flavor and getting an awesome result. It showed me that even though something may be a mess for a while, eventually that mess will result in something wonderful.

After Christmas with my candy-cane cupcakes (which took a total of 4 days to perfect by the way), I took a break from¬†baking. This past week was the first time I’ve baked in almost a year!

Due to the fact that Halloween and Thanksgiving are approaching, I noticed how everything has recently become pumpkin flavored. I’ve seen pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin spaghetti sauce, pumpkin soups, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies and so on.¬†tis the season for pumpkin everything

However, there was something missing. Where were those pumpkin cupcakes?

I decided to create my very own Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes! ūüôā

I created this¬†recipe from scratch (literally adlibbed it on the spot) and was very impressed and¬†baking = loveproud of my results! I shared a few cupcakes with my¬†friends and everyone has loved them! ūüôā

So if you’re feeling like pumpkin, and feeling like cupcakes, I suggest you give this recipe a try! ¬†Let me know how it turns out for you!

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

1/2 cup pure cane sugar

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 cup Earth Balance butter

1/2 cup applesauce

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

1 tspn vanilla extract

2 tspn pumpkin spice

1 tspn cinnamon

1/2 tspn nutmeg

1 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1 3/4 tspn baking powder

1/2 cup almond milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the sugars together and then cream with the butter (you can use a electric beater but I just used a spoon and mixed it very well).

Add the applesauce and pumpkin and mix well. Stir in the vanilla, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Then, add it to the wet ingredients and stir.

Add the almond milk and mix until the batter is smooth (aim for no lumps).

Pour batter into a greased cupcake pan (or use cupcake liners), making sure to distribute the batter evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

This recipe will make one dozen (12) cupcakes.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tspn vanilla extract

2 tspn pumpkin spice

1 tspn cinnamon

4 cups powdered sugar

Using an electric beater, mix the cream cheese, butter, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and vanilla on low speed until smooth. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating slowly and mixing well.

This will make more than enough to frost all 12 cupcakes.

Creative Tip: If you would like to¬†get “fancy” and decorate your cupcakes, try frosting them with white frosting, and then adding some yellow or orange food coloring to the remaining¬†frosting. Add little dollops of icing on top of¬†the white frosting. Also (if you have the patience ūüėČ ), you can try putting edible pearls on each dollop of colored icing.

“We’re throwing stuff in a bowl, and yeah, it’s a big mess for a while. But we’ll keep stirring, and we’ll cross our fingers, and we’ll hope that when we pull the batch out of the oven, it will be something wonderful.”–¬†It’s Raining Cupcakes¬†by Lisa Schroeder¬†

Until next time!

~ Rina Raj