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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pumpkin Mousse Cupcake Sandwiches with Pecan Frosting


I wrestled around with the idea of chocolate, pecan and pumpkin – and how I could combine the three in a recipe. Pecan and pumpkin have my heart 3 months of the year, while chocolate claims stake to the other 9. I was torn, convinced that I would have to abandon one of my favorite flavors to make a recipe work. I settled on Pumpkin Mousse Ice Cream Sandwiches, forgoing the pecan entirely. As I sat down to make my shopping list, it hit me, pecan frosting! That wonderful convenient Coconut Pecan frosting that is sold premade in the baking aisle, that I have used so many times to make a “homemade” German Chocolate Cake.


Pumpkin Mousse Cupcake Sandwiches with Pecan Frosting
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake mix and required ingredients
1 can Coconut Pecan frosting
Pumpkin Mousse (recipe follows)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350, place cupcake liners in muffin pan
2. Prepare the chocolate cake batter as directed on box
3. Fill cupcake liners 1/8 full, about 1 tablespoon’s worth
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clear
5. Place on rack to cool
6. Repeat steps 3 thru 5, making another batch of small cupcakes
7. Place 12 of the cupcakes back in muffin pan
8. Fill each cupcake liner up with pumpkin mousse, leaving about ¼” at the top
9. Unwrap the remaining 12 cupcakes and place on top of mousse-filled cupcakes
10. Top with pecan frosting, about 2 tablespoons each
11. Freeze for 2 hours or until mousse is set (If frozen for longer they may require a little thawing before serving)
12. Enjoy!


Pumpkin Mousse
Ingredients
15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
3 pint First Street Vanilla Ice Cream (softened)

Directions
1. In a large bowl, fold pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon into ice cream
2. Let chill in freezer for 2 hours or until consistency is like whip cream


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9 comments:

Amy @ The Mom Hood said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These look so yummy! We love pecan desserts, and I can't wait to try this!

Alaiyo Kiasi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am wild about pecans, and the use of pumpkin is so appropriate for the time of year.

Thanks for sharing!

Alaiyo

Baker Street said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Woah! Love these! Seriously. The recipe looks like a lot of effort but i'm sure it was totally worth it. :)

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yummy! Using a boxed mix definitely makes this easier than I anticipated.

Kiri W. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm a bit incoherent just imagining a bite of this.
Wow. That looks like a dish that will make me comatouse-ly happy! :)

CharlesR said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very Nice!

Will have to put these on my list.

Nippon Nin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sounds so delicious! Photos are lovely too. Congratulations on top9!

Amber, RD said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Looks great! Very clever recipe!

Sandra said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow this is pretty creative, way to go!

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