|Emily’s Rating||Chris’s Rating|
|9.5 / 10||9 / 10|
I still haven’t made up my mind on Barefoot Contessa. Her recipes are generally pretty simple which is a blessing and a curse. It’s hard to get super excited about making stuff out of her book, because the recipes are seemingly simple. However, they all look good and her recipes are so popular, they must be good.
To date, I had only tried some simple nuts and veggie sides, so this was the first somewhat more elaborate meal and it was a big hit. These were delicious. Yes, easy to make, but so tasty. The cake is nice and most and the icing is so good. Will definitely make these again.
|Dish||Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting|
|Recipe Source||Barefoot Contessa’s Foolproof|
|Difficulty||5 / 10 – not that hard considering everything is from scratch|
|Time to Complete||~45 minutes, not including time for stuff to get to room temperature|
|Leftovers?||Makes 10-12 cupcakes easily|
|Lessons Learned||Making homemade cake and icing is not too hard. I just used a ziploc bag and cut off the corner to do the actual icing of the cupcakes|
|Any Recipe Deviations?||I used Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix from the Old Town Spice Market instead of the cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg. Worked great. Didn’t have the Heath bars, which would be a pretty delicious (though unnecessary) addition|
|Changes Next Time?||Make sure to leave out the cream cheese and butter longer (Ina recommends doing so over night). Mine tasted great, but I think the icing consistency would have been a little better if I had done that.|