Last week at this time I was in the process of making a birthday cake for the boyfriend of a friend of mine. In order to keep the kids from trying to grab bits of cake off the final product, I told them we'd make cupcakes on Saturday. So we did.
I used a regular boxed cake mix, and just for kicks I substituted a 14 oz can of pumpkin puree for the oil called for in the recipe. And I shook in some pumpkin spice mix too. We all took turns stirring the batter until it was nicely blended, and then I spooned the batter into mini muffin tins. The kids had had the task of putting all the mini paper cupcake liners in each pan. I think we made about five dozen of them. And they were pretty good too - more moist than usual, due to all the pumpkin puree in there. I think I put a bit too much of the spice mixture in, though. But no harm done.
I let the kids each eat one once they were cool enough, but then it was time for Julia to go to bed. After she was tucked in, Alex and I frosted about a dozen of them and decorated them with mini M&Ms and little sugar Harry Potter-themed decorative shapes. Alex proudly showed Daddy his work, and we all had a little chocolatey pumpkiny goodness before Alex had to go to bed.
The next morning, both kids finished frosting the cupcakes and sprinkling additional colorful sugar on them.
Here's the end result:
They had fun. Which, really, is the whole point.