I was invited to a brunch and quickly realized that the cinnamon buns I was planning on making needed to rise. Duh. So--onto my favorite website, a recipe haven, a place for everything wonderful: smittenkitchen.com . I ADORE this woman--not only the photos of her exceptionally beautiful child, but also her creative recipes, diverse set of ingredients and the deliciousness that stems from nearly every recipe I've tried.
So I browsed the site, with something "pumpkin-y" in mind: I found pumpkin cupcakes. With cream cheese frosting. Ugh. So. Addictive. I opted to make a cake instead of the cupcakes, as I'm a poor college student who doesn't even own a cupcake baking tin. Sigh. In any event--I decided to make a cake out of the batter and when scrounging for ingredients in my ill prepared pantry I didn't find the following, of which the recipe calls for: ground cloves, ground ginger and maple syrup. I added a pinch more of salt and found that the cake was really pretty good.
So even with the missing ingredients, the cake was really good, decadent even. It was a little to crumbly for me--not sure if it was the missing ingredients or something else. Any suggestions?
Also, here is the link to heaven: http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/11/pumpkin-cupcakes/