Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pumpkin Pistachio Monster Cupcakes

Isn't he so cute?? Really easy to make and oh so finger licking good to eat! Here is what the inside looks like.
I am entering this cupcake into a cooking contest called Cupcake Hero. Check it out HERE. I'll let you know when and how you can vote for me! In the meantime, try out these yummy monsters.

Pumpkin Dough

½ cup oil
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup pumpkin

Stir the oil and sugar together. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix well. Add the pumpkin.

Pistachio Dough

1 cup de-shelled pistachios
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
¾ cup butter, softened
3 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup milk
Green food coloring, to your color liking

Place the pistachios in a blender, pulse until fine. (It does not need to be ultra fine, texture is good.) Add to the pumpkin pie spice, flour, baking powder, and baking soda; mix together.

In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, making sure each is fully mixed before adding the next. Add the vanilla. Alternatively add the pistachio mixture and the milk, until all of the pistachio mixture and milk has been added. Add the green food coloring. Mix on low just until combined.

Making the Pumpkin Pistachio Cupcakes

Because of the way I decorated the cupcakes, I did not use paper liners. Instead, spray 24 muffin cups with non-stick spray.

Spoon a layer of pumpkin dough into each muffin cup. Spread out evenly. Follow with a layer of pistachio dough, pumpkin dough and finish with pistachio dough, spreading the dough out evenly each time.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely before decorating.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese
4 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Green food coloring, to your color liking

Mix all ingredients together, until smooth.

Spoon the frosting into an icing decorating bag with a large open circle tip.

Turn the cupcake upside down and place on top of two Nutter Butter cookies. Make straight lines of icing from bottom to top of the cupcake, all around the entire cupcake. Attach red licorice strings for antennae and M’nM’s for eyes.


Krista said...

geeeeeenius! Seriously, brilliant. I LOVE IT!

brett and stacey said...

so cute sal. i love them. the girls gasped when they saw them! love it.

Xiaolu said...

I can't get over how adorable these are. Very creative.