It’s official today, it is fall in Hamburg, Germany! Did you know that fall is my favorite season? I feel there is so much to like, the leaves are turning color, I can finally get into my cozy cardigans and pullovers, sip some hot chocolate and enjoy being snuggled under a blanket with a good book to read. And the light! So soft, so golden, so nostalgic! Also, fall seems to have all my favorite ingredients: nuts of any kind, apples, pears, plums, and pumpkin. I usually prefer savory dishes with pumpkin, but since my hubby loves pumpkin pie (I don’t really), I thought, OK, why not try a pumpkin cupcake. Don’t ask me why I thought that would be the perfect combination. But it just popped into my head and I faithfully headed over to my favorite baking blog Sally’s baking addiction. Sally produces one perfect recipe after the next, so I was not surprised that her pumpkin cupcake/muffin recipe was just as perfect as all the previous recipes I had tried from her site.
Aren’t these owl cupcakes the cutest? I just love them so much. In fact, I made them already in summer, because, why not? Once I saw them on Pinterest, I was hooked. Yes, I am also on Pinterest. Feel free to check out my profile here. You need to know that I love birds. Any kind. I especially like smaller birds, but you can basically present to me any kind of bird and I will be excited. So if you combine my love for birds with baking, you got me. Just these big eyes…
I feel it is time for some chocolate. Maybe it’s because I didn’t eat chocolate for three weeks. I wanted to look pretty for my birthday. So I restricted myself to eating relatively healthy, no sweets and no chocolate. That was really hard for me. Three weeks without chocolate? As a chocoholic I am proud to say that I managed. I was allowed to drink one small cup of cocoa per day, but that was about it. I know that a lot of people say they don’t crave chocolate in summer. I am definitely not one of them. I can have chocolate day in and day out. Summer or winter. If there is chocolate, you will find Jenny around.
I love lemon. I always have. I like the smell, the taste, the color. Probably one of the reasons why I chose a lemon tart as my first blog entry. The good thing is that my husband also loves lemon. He is the citric guy anyway. He also enjoys oranges, limes, and grapefruit. The whole package. Even more the reason to try a recipe with a citric fruit. Why not go with a lemon recipe? So here I was looking for something lemony and then I found a delicious lemon cupcake recipe on an Austrian blog. From Kevin who owns the site Law of Baking (German) and who posted this delicious recipe as a guest on the site Ginger in the Basement (in German).