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Mini Week: Baby Cakes

I'd like to be able to tell you that Julian's birth­day cake was his first encounter with sugar. But that would be a big fat lie. As the sec­ond child he's come face to face with so many things we kept away from Esme as a baby: t.v., choke-sized toys, and sugar. I some­how feel like giv­ing him a few licks of my bowl of Neopoli­tan ice cream isn't so bad if he doesn't get any of the choco­late. And now he's learned that point­ing at things is the way you tell big peo­ple what you want. Point­ing and yelling really gets their atten­tion. So, it's sort of his fault…

I had been think­ing of doing a car­rot cake for Julian's birth­day, but one bite of these lit­tle babies at a bar­beque the week before changed my mind. They're not too sweet and if you make mini cup­cakes the inevitable request for sec­onds is no big deal.

Esme woke up from her nap in time to help me make these, which made her really happy. She loves par­ties and being part of party prep is about her favourite thing.

Pump­kin Cupcakes

1/2 cup but­ter, soft­ened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 can (14 oz.) pump­kin puree
1 cup flour
1 tea­spoon bak­ing pow­der
1/2 tea­spoon bak­ing soda
1/4 tea­spoon salt
1 tea­spoon cin­na­mon
1/4 tea­spoon nut­meg
1/4 tea­spoon gin­ger


1 pack­age (4 oz.) cream cheese, soft­ened
1/4 cup but­ter, soft­ened
1 tea­spoon vanilla
2 cups icing sugar (I used about a half cup less and got a thin­ner, less sweet icing)


Pre­heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixer bowl, cream but­ter and sug­ars together. Beat in eggs. Add pump­kin and stir to blend.

In a small bowl, com­bine flour with the remain­ing dry ingredients.

Add to the creamed mix­ture. Stir to blend.

Spoon into pre­pared cup­cake tins. Makes about 24 small cup­cakes. Bake for 25 min­utes. Allow to cool before icing.

Make icing by beat­ing cream cheese and but­ter together until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Grad­u­ally add icing sugar and beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cup­cakes. Serve to your one year old and don't worry about him get­ting his new, col­lared shirt cov­ered in icing.


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