A few weeks ago, I had signed up to make pumpkin pie for Matthew's preschool class Halloween party. I had envisioned making cute individual mini pumpkin pies instead of one large pie. But when Halloween week rolled around, I was more in the mood to make cupcakes! So I decided to make pumpkin cupcakes instead.
I found a nice Martha Stewart recipe for the cupcake, and it came out tender and moist, with just the right amount of spices to enhance the pumpkin. For the topping, I upgraded my favorite cream cheese frosting by adding some browned butter, just to give it a nuttier taste, and in the end the flavors of the frosting and the cupcake married quite nicely.
To go with the Halloween theme, I made my frosting look like spiderwebs:
I was originally going to pipe spiders on top of the webs too, but spiders really gross me out, and I don't want to even think about eating them! So instead I piped a happy jack-o-lantern on top.