Confession: I have been watching this YouTube video on repeat with tears streaming down my face. It’s a Crest commercial for Halloween treats gone wrong and it’s the reason why I love kids so much. They have nothing to hide and will tell you exactly how it is.
I’m sure the kids would enjoy these cupcakes much more than the vegetable treats in the video.
This recipe came from Panera‘s chefs and is inspired by their fall menu. Pumpkin and chocolate— what’s more Halloween than that?
Have you ever seen a more beautiful naked cupcake than this? They rose so high that I almost felt bad covering up the perfect dome. The higher the cupcake, the less frosting that you have to use. That makes it a little healthier, right?
I kept it simple and frosted the cupcakes with a ziploc bag. It was convenient since the frosting had to sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours prior to decorating.
Did I mention that this is pumpkin cheesecake frosting? Why didn’t I think of that?
These pictures don’t do the cupcakes justice. I wish you could reach through the screen and feel how moist the cake is. Alright I take that back… that sounds a little weird. There may be a bit of pumpkin in the cake batter, but you don’t really taste it. The dark cocoa that I used was more overpowering. The pumpkin flavor definitely comes through in the frosting, though.
I brought the cupcakes to work with me using a Chinet pan. Their pans always come in handy for me since I deliver baked goods a lot to my friends and coworkers. You can bring food with you anywhere (In my case, it was in the car, walking with luggage, through security, and on an airplane) and not have to worry about bringing the carrier back home.
I was able to celebrate fall and share the cupcakes with my crew. The first officer even said that it was one of the best cupcakes that she had ever tried! Who says you can’t have cupcakes for breakfast on an airplane?
I also used the pan to store the cupcakes in the refrigerator overnight and the pan kept it’s shape and didn’t sag. Sometimes, when you expose carriers to different temperatures, they begin to sag in the middle and lose its shape. This was not the case.
The lids latch on, so I didn’t have to worry about cupcakes flying out through the security line. It makes my life a whole lot easier when I’m not looking like a hot mess running through the airport.
This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.