PPQ:  Pumpkin Yumkins

PPQ: Pumpkin Yumkins

When I first flipped through The Pastry Queen, the pumpkin yumkins immediately caught my eye.  What could they be?  Some sort of cookie?  A cake?  Candy?  Bars?  It turns out that they're pretty much just a pumpkin cupcake with orange cream cheese icing.  Yumkin indeed.Rebecca Rather describes these as a cross between a muffin and a cupcake.  It is a thick pumpkin-y batter studded with toasted nuts and dried dates.  The cake is dense like a muffin, but sweet like a cupcake.  Thanks to a whole can of pumpkin for 12 cakes, these stay very moist.  I actually left out the nuts and dates, and added a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.  I also added a little butter to the icing.  I really liked the combination of orange, cream cheese, and pumpkin, and when I make pumpkin cupcakes in the future I'll remember this addition.Thanks to Amanda of Fake Ginger for choosing a fun treat.  Check out her blog for the full recipe.  Next week we're staying with pumpkin and making pumpkin struesel bread.

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