What’s better than Fall featured desserts? When the pre-made mix is DELICIOUS! Trader Joes does a wonderful job strategically placing impulse buys throughout the store when you are waiting on their line. Next time you’re in, pick up a box of their Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix. I didn’t make bread or muffins, I made cupcakes and they were great!
All you need for this recipe is the following:
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup water
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Now, I decided to also “infuse” my cupcakes as well as ice them. It’s just a bonus surprise to give when your friends/family/critics bite into this piece of loveliness. It’s so easy too. Just make some extra icing, buy a cheap piping bag with nozzle and insert into cupcake. Using a mixer, combine the ingredients noted above for the icing.
Ice the top of the cupcakes and then for the pralines:
Preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheet with foil. Stir sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar melts and mixture comes to boil; boil 1 minute without stirring. Mix in pecans. Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet. Bake until sugar syrup bubbles vigorously, about 8 minutes. Cool praline completely. Break into pieces. Thanks to Epicurious for the easy praline recipe!