Black and Orange…

4 Feb

For Halloween last year, Kt.G, and I popped Normalicious’s pumpkin-carving cherry.  My Norman has never carved a pumpkin before!  We went to a local pumpkin patch and picked out a few pumpkins to carve.

Norm was getting a little frustrated, having never carved a pumpkin before, working next to Kt.G, who’s a pumpkin carving champion, but I think Norm’s pumpkin came out looking pretty good for a first-timer.  In the picture below, Norm’s pumpkin is on top and Kt.G’s is on the bottom with the crooked stem.


Oh, and I baked Black Velvet Cupcakes for my co-workers for Halloween. I took this Black Velvet Layer Cake recipe and modified it for cuppy cakes.  Since the Giants went to the World Series right around this time, I decided to make orange cream cheese frosting to celebrate, (although I’m not a big sports fan).


Black Velvet Cupcakes

Make the cake recipe above.  Put batter into cupcake tins and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the cake.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

From epicurious (

2 8-ounce packages chilled cream cheese
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chilled sour cream
Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until well blended. Beat in sugar, then orange peel and vanilla. Beat in sour cream. Cover and refrigerate until frosting is firm enough to spread, about 30 minutes.

2 Responses to “Black and Orange…”

  1. minimumday February 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I want to try the cupcakes!

    • uhohitstams February 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      You want to try tasting them or baking them? ; P

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