Chocolate Pumpkin Witch Cupcake Recipe = Fall Poems in the Northland

I am joining the party over at Fiesta Friday over at The Novice Gardner’s Birthday Party! Where the culinary arts are extraordinary. Happy Birthday!  Cohosts are  Suzanne @apuginthekitchen and Sue @Birgerbird

Fiesta Friday

Fiesta Friday

I was asked to bring a pumpkin bar dessert for an upcoming Halloween neighborhood street party. “There will be no desserts. ” said my friend.  oh gosh almighty when I looked up pumpkin bars the pics (hundreds of them) didn’t inspire.  closeup cupcake1 pumkin kids in leaves

Soooo I fretted about baking for people I don’t know and gave myself the option of punting – bring store-bought baked goods. (Okay, it’s a failsafe back-up plan.)

However, as fate would have it; I found a recipe in Country Living Magazine that I skimmed through nervously at the insurance estimate place for my car. (Don’t ask.) How to turn an unfortunate circumstance into a better day? Find an inspirational recipe.

From Country Living Magazine online here is the Chocolate Pumpkin Witch Cupcakes recipe link. I followed the steps to the letter. Yesterday I had two taste testers who gave it the thumbs up! This was a practice run before the big event on Halloween, Feast of All Hallows, Samhain (for any neo- pagans). Retrieved October 24, 2014

These Chocolate Pumpkin cupcakes are moist, rich, and the pumpkin is not too much.  Everything worked. This recipe makes a fluffy batter. They are totally cute when finished with witches hat and clever details.  It’s a winner and good enough to eat without frosting. 

Fall Poem

Walk the leaf-strewn streets

CKatt 10-2014

CKatt 10-2014

In the morning light

The fresh fall of leaves

Slow spirals

Onto the paths decayed

Leavers, who feel the change

And the chill

Of timing

Float and rest in piles

in artful carelessness.

Colors of brilliant design

Intrigue and beckon.

Stooping to examine

the veined paths of leaf-life

Strikes the sense ofShadows fall

The infinite and finite

within my own Fall.


Selecting a few for a pocket,

Orange, red, green and yellow,

Wistful, as imagination sets them on a canvas

To be forever remembered

Bright, alive, beautifully formed

Mortality staved off temporarily.mushroom


Mushrooms, and golden maples

Lure to a mood of natural mystery

The golden leaves hide a secret

The seeds discreetly dryingseeds

Will fall to earth to create

Another masterpiece of trees

The sprout, the leafing out, defying winter


A squirrel distracts contemplation

And scampers near, performs a pirouette

Around a pole and jumps away.


I use a squirrel noise I know,

He turns to look at me and pose.

In one click he’s caught in my lens

A city critter, he hops closer

Takes a beggar’s stance so humble

With paws so perfectly placed

Expectant, hopeful and

Following apace, tests connections.

My pockets are filled with leaves

and seeds… I smile.

There is nothing edible to share.

Street-wise he moves on quickly.

Likewise the moment passestree grey house

As I continue on my way.

© October 20, 2014 CKatt

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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17 Responses to Chocolate Pumpkin Witch Cupcake Recipe = Fall Poems in the Northland

  1. Pingback: Happy Thanksgiving Day! = Be Thankful & Recipe Rewind: Chocolate Pumpkin Cup Cakes | Kunstkitchen's Blog

  2. Halloween is a favorite holiday – love those witch cupcakes and the recipe 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for bringing those wonderful cupcakes and that gorgeous poem to the party. The cupcakes sound delicious. Love the photo’s also.

  4. Jhuls says:

    What a great post – the cupcakes sound good and the poem is lovely. 🙂

  5. sarahgiebens says:

    Lovely poem! The squirrel is so funny 🙂

  6. These cupcakes look so yummy, love the poem too!

  7. Our squirrels are red or black. I never realized that they are colored differently according to where they are from. Your cupcake recipe sounds delicious!

  8. Arl's World says:

    Yummy recipe! I will have to try this. Great poem!!

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  10. Love the poem!!! And the squirrel.

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