Thursday, October 14, 2010

Share a Spoon - Squash It!

What up!

It's Thursday ~ so get your butt on over to
and link up your favorite recipes for
Share a Spoon!

This week's theme is SQUASH!

I kinda cheated - I made cupcakes...


Here's how!

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes topped with White Chocolate Chai Ganache

What you need:

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces white chocolate - finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups pumpkin
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
(Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature!)

What you do:
Prepare the ganache the night before so it can chill in the refrigerator over night.

Heat cream to a boil and mix in spices.
Put chocolate in a glass bowl. Pour cream over the top and mix until all chocolate is melted
and the mixture is smooth.

Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin tins.  I made 14 jumbo muffins with this recipe.
In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and oil.
Add eggs 1 at a time, whisking between each addition.
Add flour mix in 3 additions, stirring with large wooden spoon until just combined.
Do not over mix!
Fill muffin liners 1/2 - 2/3 full.
Bake 20 - 25 minutes - until tester pulls out clean!

Cool on cooling rack and top with ganache.

I made these before I took the kids to school yesterday. They are YUMMY!


June said...

I need to eat something besides sweets for breakfast but it never works out that way if I start reading SaS on Thursday morning!!
They look AWESOME!

Diane said...

Okay, those look and sound absolutely heavenly but I'm not even gonna lie to myself and say that I will ever make those! I'm impressed that you did though! :)

adrienzgirl said...

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! I love pumpkin. There was no cheating. I said you could use pumpkin. I actually made pumpkin pasta too! ;)

Thanks for Sharing. I'm going to go LINK YOU NOW, lazy!

Buffee said...

Um. . . you're not linked??

You had me at pumpkin. . . .

and then again at White Chocolate Ganache!

Sounds hella good!

Babes Mami said...

Those look SUPER tasty!

Salt said...

I don't like pumpkin, but those look really good. I'd be willing to taste one. :)

Andrea said...

Pumpkin cupcakes and chai? You made me smile. Now send me one. Please? Pretty please?

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I keep forgetting to link up to this. YUM my too fav flavors in one!! I'm adding to the make list :)

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