Cupcakes for Change

September 26, 2008 at 7:06 AM | Posted in blog event, cupcakes | 24 Comments
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I try to keep it light and fun on my cupcake blog. When you think of cupcakes, you *should* think whimsical, no? For the most part my non-cupcake recipes and life’s other randomness are on my food blog but now that I find politics and cupcakes colliding, its hard to avoid the oncoming headlights.

This election is one of the biggest world changing events that will happen in our lifetime. We are living history, readers! The American people are in the middle of financial turmoil and foreign policy chaos and its getting worse not better. Both Republicans and Democrats can agree on that. Heck the price of butter (among other groceries) has dramatically increased (we all know how much butter I use! Yikes!). Its definitely time for a change.

The only way that change happens is if the people make it happen. I am not here to tell you who to vote for. There are plenty of blogs, news media, family, friends etc that will give you their opinion. Become informed. Wade through the hype. … and make your decision come election day.

So regardless of your political affiliation, make your voice heard. Capeesh?

(image credit: Get out the vote via Aiga)

Why so serious, CB? Its just cupcakes.

Actually its not “just” cupcakes anymore. Cupcakes have become a platform for individuality and expression. Some will even legally protest if you challenge that individuality. Think about it. Each cupcake can be decorated to show your support of various things. Think cupcake toppers, fondant decor, sprinkles, transfers, piping etc…

Case in point.

My most recent order are cupcakes in honor of the presidential debate tonight. The only request was that it be decorated in support of Barack Obama. After a little research, (with help from my favorite foodie, Nikki, aka google masta) I found some assorted cupcake toppers and an article that listed Obama’s favorite dessert as pumpkin pie. *light bulb*

See what I mean?

Its just that easy to make your voice heard without saying a word.

All you need is a cupcake.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
(Recipe adapted from Gigi Cakes | photos from me!)

Makes about 20 cupcakes (I got 17)


For cupcakes
1 cup pumpkin puree
1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon*
1/2 tsp ginger*
1/2 tsp nutmeg*
1/4 tsp cloves*
1/2 cup of canola oil
3 large eggs

*You can replace all those spices with 2-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice if you have it

For whipped cream
1-1/2 cups whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp granulated sugar

cinnamon or nutmeg, garnish


Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.

Sift the flour, baking powder & soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves and set aside. In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, oil until smooth.

Slowly add the flour mixture until incorporated. Careful not to over beat.

Fill the liners 1/2-2/3 full and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 17-20 minutes.

Cool cupcakes before piping on whipped cream.

To make whipped cream—
In mixer with whisk attachment, whip the cream, vanilla extract and sugar on high speed until thick.

To assemble cupcakes—
Using a 1M star tip, pipe the whipped cream on each cupcake. Sprinkle with cinnamon (or nutmeg) for garnish.


Husband rating: A+
He loves pumpkin pie. Its probably one of the reasons why Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday so you can probably guess that he raved about this cupcake.

Wifey rating: A
I am not a pumpkin pie fan but this cupcake was moist and full of pumpkin cinnamon-y flavors. I admit I enjoyed every bite. Hmmm… I am thinking these cupcakes would be perfect for our Thanksgiving dessert!

++ Special thanks to Natalie of Bake & Destroy for providing the free PDF download cupcake toppers via All Things Cupcake. Definitely check out her blog and show her some love. She’s fabulous.

I would also like to submit this cupcake for Sugar High Friday: Cupcakes edition. I’ve seen this event on various favorite blogs but when it was announced that this particular SHF would highlight cupcakes, I knew I had to participate. Of course I am barely sliding in under the deadline but hopefully Fanny of Foodbeam will include me in the round up anyways, pwetty pwease… w/ a cherry on top?



  1. Well I certainly don’t think this election is going to be all that world changing… we have dweedle dee and dweedle dumb running for office and since they’re both useless (Obama being the lesser of two evils) not a hell of a lot of really going to change.

    I’m voting for Hillary and will be whining my way through the next 4 or god forbid 8 years.

  2. Girl, you have this blog too? How do you have time???! I’ve only been reading the food4thought blog and thought you cooked a boatload on that one…just found this one (I know, I live in a cave or something). Do you live in the kitchen!??!

    Great looking cupcakes and of course I totally support them! I went the easy route and slapped on a Obama/Biden bumper sticker! :) Yours look much, much better. :)

    Great photos too. You so rock. – mary the food librarian

  3. NIKKI, I know you love Hillary. Sometimes I wonder if Obama should have asked Hillary to be veep… guess we’ll never know.

    FOODLIBRARIAN, HAHA. You didn’t know this was me? CB from iheartfood4thought? You’re funny! Trust me. I live in a cave *and* the kitchen. ;)

  4. Im with ya CB, totally with ya. I love the hungry for change too. Brilliant!

  5. LW, yeah I think that one is my favorite. Either political party could stand behind that message. I know there will be some elephants at the party so I figured I’d give them something too.

  6. Hah, I am totally planning on making something Obama-inspired for my blog, too. I haven’t gotten around to it yet. These look great.

  7. ELLY, Awesome. I can’t wait to see! Maybe I’ll have to start doing a political cupcake roundup for my viewing pleasure. Definitely let me know when you make yours! :)

  8. I’ll be back when you make McCain cupcakes. McCain/Palin ’08

  9. hehee cute!! I actually made Pumpkin cupcakes this wkd, with a little variation actually but Gigi’s recipe was one of the ones I adapted from. That whipped cream looks YUM!

  10. MIKE, Place an order and pay me money like the Obama cupcake peeps did. HAHA

    MARA, GMTA! I’ll have to check out your blog to see what yours looked like! I bet they were delish.

  11. Great post and cupcakes! I love the Obama touch!

  12. MARIA, thank you!

  13. Well, now that another of my sisters has decided to vote for Obama, (that makes 4 of us), not sure about the rest- I might just get away with making these at a family outing. They sound wonderful, I love pumpkin anything.

  14. MARYANN, How many sisters do you have? ;)

  15. Brilliant! Those are so cute! I didn’t know Obama liked pumpkin pie, either…I’ll have to use this idea at our next get-together with our Republican friends. It’s kind of like tricking them into support, right? ;)

  16. LEY, I didn’t know either! Google Search makes me look smart. LOL @ tricking into support. That’s a good one!

  17. What a nice idea! The cupcakes look great!

  18. BAKINGFORTHECURE, Thanks! I was surprised at how much they tasted like pumpkin pie myself.

  19. I love it! I love bloggers who tie causes or politics together with food. Awesome and SO good looking. Nothing like pumpkin to invoke change in November. Hoorah!

  20. RACHEL, Thank you! Food is definitely one of those that can evoke memories and feelings. I have to admit that I am not a pumpkin pie fan myself but even I liked these cupcakes!

  21. Hey CB, thanks for sharing your awesome cupcakes! Happy Voting!

  22. MELISSA, No problem! Should be an amazing election this year. Happy Voting to you too.

  23. I meant to comment here weeks ago, but I just realized that I still hadn’t. I love this post!!!! I so want to make these cupcakes!! ; )

  24. ANALI, Thank you! I hope you do get the chance to make them. Definitely let me know what you think if you do!

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