ultimate fall cupcake (pumpkin & eggnog)

I don’t know about you, but I’m a fall junkie.  I want to jump in a pile of leaves while drinking cider at the exact moment I’m throwing a fist full of candy corn in my mouth while wearing cozy plaid and the perfect suede knee high boots.  I.   Love.   Fall.  

If you’re a fall junkie too, I’ve found the perfect dessert for you.  Pumpkin cupcake with eggnong icing.  Oh, I got your attention?   Excellent!   It’s a really easy recipe(s)

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcake Ingredients

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Paper-line or grease 24 muffin cups.BLEND cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil and water in large mixer bowl until moistened. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.BAKE for 18 to 23 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Egg Nog Icing Ingredients

1 package cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups confectioner’s sugar (1/2 of a 1lb box)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 1/2 Tablespoon eggnog
1/2 Tablespoon rum extract for frosting
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Optional: Cinnamon Sticks

Directions

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter together until well blended.
  2. Add powdered sugar.
  3. Add eggnog, extracts, & nutmeg.
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg and top with cinnamon stick if desired

surplus

I overslept yesterday.   Well I thought I overslept so in a moment of panic I rushed to my “oh shit I overslept,” section of my closet.   Every girl has one.   I threw together this fab ensemble (jeans, oversized sunglasses, big scarf, t-shirt):

It’s not amazing, but it’s the pieces that make you feel 40% human when you have to go from fast asleep to runrunrun in 30 seconds.    Anyway, joke was on me. my meeting wasn’t till next week.   My poor planning and comfy clothing meant there was only one logical solution to salvage the morning: apple picking.

Upstate New York is a treasure trove of orchards but I believe it’s a tough fall for apple picking because we had a very early spring and we just time warped into chilly fall days from 3 months of record breaking heat.    Normally I’d wait till the end of September or early October to pick but didn’t want to miss out.

We ran over to Indian Ladder Farms, it’s absolutely breathtaking there

(just let me filter this pic through instagram and we’ve got an I LOVE NY ad on our hands.)

There were a few types available (Macoun and JonaGolds) and because we arrived early enough we had the picking section almost all to ourselves.   Not a bad haul for $9:

Afterwards we headed over to the farm to check out the animals, love this pig, and pick up some apple cider donuts.

Now that I’ve got 30+ apples on my hand, I’ve got to take full advantage of them.  I’ll make the Carrot Apple Ginger Soup this week for sure.    Lots of pies in my future too.   I made this ridiculously easy Apple Crumb Pie last night.   It’s vegan too.

Now I just need 10 more apple recipes to get through my crisper of apples.   Got a good one?  Doesn’t need to be vegan, I’ll make anything!