I love coffee. Strike that- I love good coffee. There is not much worse than a bad cup of coffee. Well, maybe a bad piece of cake, or a bad cupcake- you know what I mean.
I love Starbucks coffee- usually. I can’t stomach the super strong menu options on their own, but when they’re mixed in with all sorts of flavours to make a cup of deliciousness, I’m in love. Starbucks has been an adult acquired taste of mine, but “so much is wasted on the youth”, it’s nice to have something to love as an adult!
The Pumpkin Spice Latte is something that Starbucks chose to release early this year, while it’s still summer, and as much as I tried to resist the pumpkin call until it was truly fall, I couldn’t do it! I’ve had far too many of them already this year.
Since I love PSL so much, I knew I had to make it into cupcake form! I know that not everyone likes coffee flavouring, so with this recipe, you can easily leave the espresso powder out, or if desired, you can add more to make the flavour stronger. The magic is in the pumpkin spice! Combining nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon gives the pumpkin it’s wonderfully fall-like flavouring. They are delicious!
Start out the most beautiful season properly, and get prepared with pumpkin and spices, so when we actually have the equinox, you’ll be ready to bake up a batch of fresh pumpkin spice latte cupcakes!
Making this pumpkin coffee cake at the end of our walk in the Cranbrook Community Forest was an awesome treat! My favourite thing about our Backpack Baking videos are the warm treats at the end of a usually hard activity. I know I’m supposed to say that my favourite part is “connecting with nature“, or “getting exercise”, but let’s be real, it’s the reward at the end.
This walk in our local recreation site is not very difficult and it’s one that we do every couple of weeks. It’s perfect for those days where you want to get out and get some fresh air, but don’t have a lot of time to devote to hiking. The view of the valley at the end is beautiful, as you can see in the video. Even though it’s not a hard hike, it was definitely a nice change to have a treat at the end and take some time to enjoy the view, as usually we’re rushing up, and then back down!
Even Ruby liked it..the walk/hike and the cake.