Friday, November 9, 2012

Fall Flower Pot Cupcakes

I'm so very excited to be part of this fun little challenge that Kathia and Melissa have organised. The project was to create a fall inspired sweet, being either a cake, cupcake or sugar topper.

Not only did I get to make some fun and yummy cupcakes myself, now I get to enjoy browsing everyone else's amazing creations! Head down to the bottom of the post to see all the great looking desserts along with the links to each contributors blog.
These cupcakes were inspired by the pots of pretty chrysanthemums in wonderful warm colours, that decorate many people front stairs (or would if it was fall in Australia and not Spring.)
Pumpkin Cupcakes (adapted from Martha Stewart)
2 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
125 grams (1/2 cup) butter, softened
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup pumpkin puree

To make the cupcakes-
Preheat oven to 180 degrees c. (350 f.) Line 18 cupcake pans with paper liners.

Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves into a medium bowl.

Add brown sugar and butter into the bowl of an electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time mixing after each addition.

Add a third of the dry ingredients at a time, alternating with the two halves of the buttermilk. Beat until combined.

Using a low setting mix in the pumpkin puree.
Divide batter evenly among cupcake papers, fill each about 3/4 full.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans for ten minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
250 g (1 block) cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tbs real maple syrup
2 cups icing sugar

To make the frosting- beat the cream cheese and maple syrup in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until smooth.

Fondant Flowers
orange and yellow fondant
orange and yellow sprinkles
1 packet Oreos (filling removed and cookies crushed)

Thinly roll out the fondant and cut out flowers with a blossom cutter.
Shape the flowers a little by pressing in the middles. Allow the flowers to dry out. Once the flowers are dry brush the centers with a tiny amount of water and fill with sprinkles.
Spread a layer of frosting over the top of each cupcake using a butter knife. Before the icing sets dip each cupcake top into the bowl of crushed oreos, roll them around a little to make sure all the icing is covered.
Press the fondant flowers onto the top of each cupcake.
To complete the look serve cupcakes in little terracotta pots. (Please make sure they are clean)
Take a peek at everyones fantastic and delicious looking fall creations!
Here is the list of links to all the talented bloggers who where part of this challenge,
head over to  their blogs and check them out!.


  1. I'm in love with these! Such a beautiful final product, but I bet even a fondant-averse gal like myself could do it :) It was so fun to "party" with you!

  2. You had me at pumpkin! Love these, super cute!

  3. Fabulous!!! Great photos and thanks for sharing!

  4. Your cupcakes turned out fabulous! They look moist, yummy and the frosting sounds divine.
    Thank you for joining the party.

  5. These are just fabulous! Maple Cream cheese frosing {swoon}! I have been wanting to try flower pot cupcakes forever. This tutorial is fantastic! Thank you so much for taking part in this! We really appreciate it!

  6. these are a favorite for sure - my 8yr old daughter LOVES THESE!! and guess what??? She is off of school today and demanding to make them - FUN TIMES!!!!! What a great idea and the flavors oh yuuuuuuuum.

  7. These are absolutely adorable and sound unbelievably tasty!!

  8. These cupcakes are just too cute, and I love pumpkin! Great photo styling too:)

  9. These are so adorable. I love them.

  10. Your cupcakes are so cute - love the dirt ;). I think you came up with a perfect solution considering it isn't fall in your part of the world. It' nice to meet you and I have fun participating in this challenge with you. Take care, Patricia

  11. These cupcakes are so cute for fall and great for any lover of flowers. 8-)

    Chineka - Savorthebaking

  12. These turned out wonderful. Look how nicely they have risen!
    Beautiful presentation.

  13. How cute! And I am totally in awe of your dirt too ;0)