Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

Halloween is my favorite holiday ... well, except for my birthday and maybe Christmas (because I get ... I mean, um, give presents). Nonetheless, it's a holiday that simply cannot pass by without some pumpkin-y skull-and-spider-themed dessert.

I'd planned to test a new recipe for my cookbook, a Vanilla-Spice cupcake with Pumpkin Mousse. But the mousse was a total fail. The cupcakes, however, turned out alright. I couldn't bring plain ole cupcakes to work today though, so I schmeared 'em with a quick chocolate ganache. Here are a couple of my besprinkled (yes, that is a word ... I looked it up) Vanilla-Spice Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache:

They had a bit of a pumpkin-meets-chocolate taste going on, even though the vanilla-spice cupcakes didn't contain any pumpkin. The combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and such lent the vanilla cake that special pumpkin pie flavor. Ganache wouldn't be my favorite choice here, but it was a quick and easy save. After my pumpkin mousse failed, I got all sad and afraid I'd have to just throw the cupcakes away. Who wants an un-frosted cupcake, right? Luckily, ganache always comes to the rescue!

I'm going to try them again soon, but with a pumpkin buttercream instead of the goopy mousse. I'll keep ya'll posted. Until, have a spooktacular Halloween!

Attention testers: My Memphis-style tempeh barbecue sandwich recipe is up on the tester site.

19 comments:

The Voracious Vegan said...

Those cupcakes are adorable! I LOVE the flavor combo of chocolate and pumpkin so I would be downing these by the dozen.

nora said...

sorry about the mousse! i'm sure you'll work it out :)

jessy said...

i'm sorry your pumpkin mousse was disappointing - i love that you chose a chocolate ganache and made the cuppies work. they look most excellent, and i can totally see the flavor being pumpkiny with the spice combinationo going on! yummers, fo 'sho! they look perfect for Halloween, which is one of my absolute favorite holidays, too - it's just so much fun! yay!

Mary said...

Adorable! Happy Halloween!

Gina said...

Well, even without the pumpkin mousse, they're still a-freakin-dorable!! I don't care for Halloween, but I love cupcakes!!

Kiersten said...

Too bad about the mousse, that sounds like it would be really good! Regardless, I am sure your cupcakes still came out great.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays too. You don't have to worry about buying presents and all that. It's just fun :)

Jenn said...

Your cupcakes are gorgeous!

dreaminitvegan said...

Ahhhhhh so cute! Everyone is making the cutest cupcakes this year!

vegan.in.brighton said...

Pretty, I love halloween and halloween cupcakes! Sorry your mousse didn't work out so well - glad you made them work anyway!

Jess of Veg Out! said...

Love those cupcakes! Too cute!

I haven't been able to find any vegan sprinkles - without that darn confectioners' glaze (i.e. ground up insects)! I love your liners, too.

Happy Halloween!

Mihl said...

You are the queen of cupcakes! happy halloween, Bianca.

Jen said...

pumpkin+chocolate is a fall must have combo. very cute cupcakes. happy halloween yourself!

Cyn said...

Oooh, those cupcakes look so good! Way to save them with the ganache. I can't wait to test them.

seesaraheat said...

Oh my gosh, you are too cute! I'm so glad we got paired up for the exchange :) I can't wait to see your cookbook!

peanutbutterbliss said...

oh my gosh those cupcakes are adorable :) they look delicious!

pixiepine said...

Those look great! Rock that cupcake carrier!

Erin said...

Very cute, even if they didn't turn out how you intended.

Rabbit Food said...

I wish I worked with you! Bringing yummy, pretty Halloween cupcakes to work is so sweet and festive.

aTxVegn said...

Your cupcakes are so cute!