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Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Maple Buttercream

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Maple Buttercream

This week has been a busy one. Aside from everyday life, a lot of the week was focused on running around getting party supplies for my sons birthday this weekend, baking a batch of muffins to share with his classmatesΒ and of course,making and decorating cupcakes for the party.

Being busy and then, inevitably, coming down with a head cold,Β I actually hadn’t intended on writing a post this week. I did, however, Β post a picture of the pumpkin spice muffins I made for my sons class, on Instagram. They were quite a hit, so I thought it would be a good idea to share the recipe. It’s really just a twist on my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, but a little more cupcake-y. The one bite I was able to steal from my son’s muffin was delicious and seeing as there were no leftovers, I’m pretty sure all the kids enjoyed them too.

Muffins:

3 Cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp all spice

2 eggs

1/2 Cup sugar

2/3 Cup vegetable oil

1 – 398mL can of pumpkin

1 Cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit

Stir the first 8 ingredients together in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Add in the sugar, oil, pumpkin and milk. Whisk together until smooth. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Spoon the mixture into greased muffin cups filling about 2/3 full. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Allow to set for 5 minutes, then remove the muffins from the pan to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Maple Buttercream:

1 Cup butter, room temperature

4 Cups icing sugar

1/3 Cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

2 – 3 tbsp milk

Using a stand mixer, combine the butter, icing sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and 2 tbsp milk. Starting on the lowest setting and slowly increasing to medium speed, begin mixing together. If the mixture is too stiff, add more milk, 1 tsp at a time. Continue mixing, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until well combined and creamy.

 

 

 

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Cardamom Shortbread with Grand Marnier buttercream

Cardamom Shortbread cookies with Grand Marnier Buttercream

Cardamom Shortbread cookies with Grand Marnier Buttercream

 

This week was my sister-in-laws annual cookie exchange. Usually I’m all over Christmas baking, but this year I’ve been really busy and haven’t had a chance to really think about it. Luckily I have an amazing mom who really likes to bake and was able to help me out for the cookie exchange. Aren’t moms awesome? Even though the cookies were baked for the exchange, I really thought I should do at least a little bit of my own baking, as well. It always helps me to get into the Christmas spirit. And with Christmas only two weeks away (eek!) I could use all the help I could get. I wanted to make something easy and quick and of course, delicious, so I thought I would make my grandma’s shortbread cookie recipe. You really can’t get more Christmassy (that’s a word, right?) than shortbread cookies. Of course, it wouldn’t really be me if I didn’t put my own spin on it, though. So here we go… Continue reading

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