Okay, it's offish, fall is here. Which apparently means it's time for pumpkin or something?
Seriously, though, when did seasonal appreciation for pumpkin turn into yearly pumpkin hysteria? Pinterest has been 89% pumpkin since late August. Pumpkin spice coffee selfies litter my newsfeed. I posted a filtered picture of a can of pumpkin on instagram and a lot of you "liked" it. A can of pumpkin. I'm starting to become suspicious that we've all been conned by a multi-year marketing campaign by Starbucks.
This past week felt like it lasted roughly 18 days. I woke up on Tuesday thinking that it had to be Thursday. When Friday rolled around, did I decide to go home and take a nap, or enjoy some quality time with Netflix? No. I decided I needed to make cupcakes. That probably says a lot about me. Here's the thing about cupcakes. I do love them. What's not to love about miniature cakes? Unfortunately, many times, a lot. This might be blasphemy, but I like frosting in small doses. Those big swirls of frosting typical to bakery cupcakes have a tendency to make my teeth hurt. But far worse and far too common an offense is dry cake. Every time I get a three dollar cupcake with dry, unappealing cake is one time closer to the day I lose it and smash some display case windows. It's probably just safer I make my own. Continue reading
And delicious. See, it worked out neatly that my dad's birthday was only a few days after I decided to finally get around to starting this blog. So, of course, I made a cake. Because what's a birthday without cake? Don't worry, bourbon will be making an appearance soon enough. Along with some things that might actually have some vitamins in them.
So, cake. This cake is a peanut butter cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting, from my latest and greatest cookbook courtesy of Joy the Baker. The peanut butter birthday cake caught my eye on the first read-through, but me being me, I immediately thought "this needs chocolate frosting." Peanut butter is great, but when paired with chocolate, it becomes divine. Like I needed to tell you that.