Tuesday, October 18, 2011

pumpkin cupcake trifle.

This fall has been a busy one for our little family. Andy is getting ready to start student teaching, and his classwork on top of working full time and helping me with the girls leaves him little time to prepare. So, we're down here in Southern Oregon with my parents once again for some R & R. It is wonderful to have the extra hands!

My cousin Allie stayed over through the weekend and decided to bake pumpkin cupcakes with a cream cheese filling and chocolate ganache topping. Some of the cupcakes kept falling apart, so rather than waste any deliciousness, she layered the cake with the cream cheese filling and ganache and made a TRIFLE! It is one of the best pumpkin desserts I've ever had. The cupcakes are good, to be sure, but the trifle is ah-mazing. I think we've stumbled onto a secret family recipe and a new holiday tradition! Well, not so secret since I'm sharing it with you.

Take your basic pumpkin cupcake and frosting recipe, like this one from Smitten Kitchen + an easy chocolate ganache recipe from Emeril, and layer them in a pretty glass trifle dish (or tupperware, like Allie did, because we're professional around here) and let set in the fridge for a while, or as long as you can stand it.

Enjoy with coffee, or tea...or wine.

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