Ungrateful little sucker….

Thanksgiving is upon us. No October didn’t pass you by. As you may recall, we Canadians like to copycat the states and so we gave ourselves a Thanksgiving as well. :P I’m not having a very exciting one. I’ll be spending it trying to find someone to massage my back (it’s out of whack again). I’m not cooking dinner for it at all (I usually do) and I have work later on that night (though it is score keeping hockey).
Bucking all tradition I have chosen to list things I am NOT thankful for this Thanksgiving.
1. The hoops I had to jump through and am still jumping through to get a teaching certificate in the state of Washington.
2. The sample people at Costco and Sam’s. My bill is already high enough I don’t need to become addicted to something else. Which brings us to number 3…
3. Trader Joe’s. Now before you freak out, I love TJ’s and am thankful for them. However, I am not thankful that they get me addicted to a product only to take it away months later. Sigh.
4. The “Did you know Bob Smith (insert any politicians name) set children on fire while peeing on them and molesting them? Is this the kind of man you want running for congress?”  advertising they are running from now until election day.
5. Oprah. She has pissed me off with her campaign to promote charter schools and basically say that public education is crap. Maybe give some of your money to making public schools better Oprah. Ever think about that? Maybe do that instead of having Mr. Saturday Night Fever  fly people to Australia if you are so concerned about education in today’s society.
6. Count Chocula cereal. Still mad they made it whole grain. Chocolate cereal with chocolate marshmallows should under no circumstance be made with whole grains. Goes against nature.
7. Scary movies. I hate the entire month of October seems to be dedicated to them. The worst of them being on Sci-Fi channel. Frankenfish…need I say more.
8. Cookbooks. Again you are probably shaking your head at this one. But seriously, they are coming out with WAY too many cookbooks that I want. I’m swimming in them as it is. I have 5 currently on the way.  Five.
9. Baseball. Be over already.
10. Possums. You just can’t trust them.
I guess one thing I can be thankful for is buttercream frosting. This idea is based off of the candy corn ice cream. I love to infuse milk with different flavors. I would have made this with homemade caramel corn but that doesn’t last long enough around these parts. So I bought some (oh the horror, I know).  The taste really doesn’t come through in the devil’s food cake as the chocolate overpowers it, but it adds a flavor layer that is nice. You can however notice it in the frosting. Just a slight hint of popcorn, almost like the buttered popcorn jelly beans, except not gross like the jelly beans are.
Hope those who are celebrating Thanksgiving today have a lovely time with family and friends. Everyone else enjoy your Monday.

Caramel Corn Infused Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Caramel-Caramel Corn Buttercream Frosting

Caramel Corn Milk (you will need this in both recipes)
3 cups whole milk
3 cups crushed caramel corn (homemade or store bought)
Bring 1 ½ cups milk and caramel corn to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once milk starts to bubble take off of heat and let sit for 30 minutes.
Add remaining milk and place in fridge for 24 hours.
Remove from fridge and run milk through a strainer. Discard caramel corn.

Caramel Corn Infused Devil’s Food Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
12 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
9 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted (use a double boiler)
*2 cups caramel corn milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour two muffin pans (hold 12 cupcakes each)
In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
In a separate small bowl, beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored, about 2 minutes. Add the beaten yolks to the butter mixture and beat well. Add the chocolate, mixing until well incorporated. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the caramel corn milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, but do not overbeat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl, making sure the ingredients are well blended and the batter is smooth.
In a separate small bowl, beat the egg whites on the high speed of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gently fold into the batter. Divide the batter among the prepared pans.

Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until cupcakes spring back when you touch them. Let the cupcakes cool in the pans for 1 hour. Remove from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack. Frost and top with extra caramel corn if desired.

Caramel-Caramel Corn Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup prepared caramel sauce (can be store bought)
6 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup caramel corn milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Place the butter and caramel sauce in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until thoroughly combined.
Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the caramel corn milk and vanilla.
On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.
Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Both recipes adapted from More From Magnolia: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey’s Home Kitchen by Allysa Torey

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  1. Possums? Really, possums? Don’t those little guys take enough crap as it is? It’s not their fault they have pointy little faces and naked tails.

    You are right about the COunt Chocula though, if I want something bad for me I can’t tolerate healthy stuff sneaking in there.

  2. Splendid cupcakes! I really love that flavor combo.



  3. Ugh we agree about baseball. How is it possibly still going on? We object. We love the look of these cupcakes though…the buttered popcorn jelly bean reference made us veeeery intrigued. Plus they’re gorgeous. And we’re caramel corn tramps.

  4. when I need a great and wacky recipe I come to your site. I’m all for wacky recipes…all the fun is there! I adore this one, thanks so much!



  5. GAAH I am with you on TJ’s taking all my favorites away – with half of the employees telling me “we’re getting some in next shipment”.

    Oprah. yes, I so agree. Cookbooks. I love them and read them like novels. I’m gonna need a bigger boat.

    I’m down in Portland… we have NUTRIA here – have you seen a nutria? You’ll change your mind about possums if you google an image of one – two words – cheeto teeth.

    These cupcakes look fabulous, and apparently make me yammer on. ;)

  6. Soooo with you on the Oprah thing…

  7. You never fail to make me smile. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  8. Your “not thankful” list is hilarious. Wish I had one of these beautiful cupcakes & steamy coffee while reading it. Hope your back feels better quickly. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving :)

  9. I wonder often. All the time. How you think of such things as caramel candy corn-infused buttercream. Sounds genius.

    Sometimes, even on thanksgiving, venting and ranting needs to be done. I’m glad you got all of this off your chest.

  10. LOL, I love buttered popcorn jellybelly beans. ☺ You either hate them or love them it seems. That caramel corn buttercream though? Seriously evil. Good job. ;)

  11. I personally think the root beer jelly beans are the best:) Your list cracks me up, and I totally agree with the Oprah thing for more than just the Charter School initiative!

  12. Your ungrateful list is hilarious! I agree with most of it and the ones I dont agree with just dont pertain to me ;)
    Infusing the milk with caramel corn is genius!

  13. What a delicious combination. Reading your list made me smile. But, at least there’s always cupcakes to be thankful for, especially your yummy looking ones.

  14. Oh my gosh… I thought I was alone with the Oprah thing. I can’t stand how she makes every experience or story told by ANY guest on her show about her. I know she’s been through a lot, and I know she’s given a lot to charity, but come on… give someone else a chance to talk! It’s not always about you, Oprah!

  15. Possums are nasty little buggers. Ever seen their teeth? Nasty and sharp.

    OK now onto this cupcake. It looks amazing! I’m totally digging the buttercream :)

  16. Cookbooks – know what you mean. I vowed not to buy any more, but bought two in recent weeks. The cupcakes look fab – caramel and chocolate is a great combination.

  17. You’re so imaginative and creative with you food combos…this sounds incredible.What a novice idea to have for Thanksgiving…what we’re not thankful for, and I’m with you on some of them. I did the Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings and have some leftovers for a few days, but now I’m very tired. Hope you’re better soon,Peabody, but from experience, once you have back problems it stays with you forever, no matter what you do.

  18. Happy Belated Thanksgiving, fellow-Canadian!!! Hope your back smartens up! The cupcakes look delish!

  19. Hilarious! Love the recipe!

  20. yes, trader joes–wtf!! stop discontinuing all the cook stuff…or lying and telling me it’s “seasonal.” and way too many good looking cookbooks coming out…i need another one like i need a whole in the head (but i still caved and ordered the flour bakery one!). these are fab cupcakes, and pretty, too!

  21. I saw three dead possums in the span of 20 feet today! They are everywhere here. :-) That icing sounds AWESOME!!!! I bet it would be good on pumpkin cupcakes too. Hope your back feels better soon.

  22. If you ever want to hear someone complain about possums, ask a New Zealander. ;) (they have good reason to!) I love these recipes with infused-milk! Reminds me of how cereal milk tastes like the cereal.

  23. Only five cookbooks on the way? Slacker :)

  24. Love the list!!! Perfect Peabody :) And the cupcakes look insane. Anything with popcorn is a-ok by me!

  25. When I saw that you bake with beer, I immediately thought I would send you the link.. It is a contest on cupcakeshttp://www.bakerella.com/

    I think your creations are of the “adventurer” they are looking for. The prize $$ looks good too! $10K for 1st place!

  26. I so agree with your comment re: cook books!!! I have bought 5 in the last month and have 2 more on the way – this has got to stop!!

  27. I’m thankful for you, Pea. I can always count on you to come up with something droolicious on your blog.

  28. This is pretty much the only thing I miss about blogging – LISTS. Especially lists about stuff you don’t like. God, I’ve got a million of ‘em.

    TJ’s – WTF? It’s ALWAYS “it’s a seasonal item, it’ll be back next (insert month/season here)” And you know what? Half the time it’s not back the next (insert month/season here). Although I must share my delight when I went last week and saw they’ve got the puff pastry back (2 years ago they told me it was “seasonal” but they didn’t bring it back for TWO WHOLE FAKKIN YEARS). It’s the only store-bought/commercial PP that’s made with BUTTER and not SHORTENING.. and for those of us who would rather EAT LIVE BEES than make puff pastry at home, it’s a God-send. Yes, I did buy 6 boxes of it. :P

    Political ads – My televisions have come soooooooooo close to imploding due to me flinging something heavy at them during those stupid f’n commercials. I hate ALL POLITICS – not one of them are human, let alone telling the truth the greedy mofos.

    Kristina – HILARIOUS! Cheeto teeth! I’ve never seen a Nutria before. What a stupid name for an animal. But it’s the funniest looking thing I’ve seen in a long while.

    Cupcakes – I never really gave much thought to infusing milk with flavoring in baking – it’s genius I tell you! But then again, you are the genius wind beneath my wings, Gracie.

    Okay well, this ended up being like one of my blog posts – long-ass-winded. ;)


  29. Great list and great cupcakes. You hit home on the Oprah thing. Mark Zuckerberg gave 100 million dollars to Newark public schools….why did Oprah put money in another country for education…how about here where she MADE her billions! There is no better education than public education and I am a firm believer in that. I have 3 children that have been to public schools….so I know!

  30. I have been drooling over these for days now. I must make them!!

  31. Wow! It’s like I could have written this list myself. I agree completely on ALL accounts (except #1, I have no experience with that, but it sounds crappy). And now I have to go make these cupcakes. They sound awesome!

  32. Just checking up on you, from a computer (and not a phone with lame texting attempts at commenting for once – which, late as I am, is what I’m not grateful for). I was so tired, apathetic and just in a funk till I read this. So, thank you for such a good laugh with your list. I’m especially grateful for the laugh out loud #10. I’ll be sure to watch out for possums :)


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