oh martha, martha, martha…

i love martha stewart….i do…i know she did some shady business minded things back when, but i support her little homemaker empire going on.  i can’t help it!  all her decorations, recipes, gardening tips…i just want to do every project.  last halloween, my master-baker friend Nikki and i made these cupcakes.  her, at the time, 3 year old and i played with marzipan and food coloring to create the tiny pumpkins while Nikki did her baking, whipping, stirring, and perfecting of the actual cupcakes and icing.  ( i helped…a little)

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these cupcakes were so delicious!  and such a fun halloween project.  Here is your recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar pumpkin, (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree, or canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 seven ounce packages almond paste
  • Gel food color, orange, brown, and green
  • Cream Cheese Frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin tins with paper liners. Grate pumpkin in a food processor or on the large holes of a box grater (you should have about 2 1/2 cups). Transfer to a medium bowl, and add pumpkin puree and pecans.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves; pulse to combine. With machine running, add oil and eggs; process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add pumpkin mixture; pulse to combine.
  3. Spoon about 1/3 cup batter into each cupcake liner. Bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Make the marzipan pumpkins: Tint two-thirds almond paste orange, adding food color a dab at a time until desired color is reached. Tint a quarter of remaining paste brown and the rest green. Shape into leaves, stems, and pumpkins (see instructions below).
  5. Decorate cupcakes with frosting and marzipan pumpkins. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 days
  6. Marzipan Pumpkin How-To: Using a small rolling pin, roll out green almond paste about 1/8 thick; use a leaf cutter to cut out leaf shapes. Roll brown into small ropes; cut and shape into stems. Using the palms of your hand, shape orange into three-quarter-inch globes. Use a toothpick to poke holes in tops of pumpkins and to press creases from top to bottom. Attach leaves and stems to tops with a bit of frosting.

Happy October!

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