Other flavors are persuasive but pumpkin is my preference.
There are a few ingredients that, when incorporated into a dessert, would weaken my willpower. These include peanut butter, coconut, and pumpkin. I’m especially mad for pumpkin
as can be witnessed in pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin lasagna, and even in my pumpkin spice lattes.
To my woe though, not many people adore pumpkin as fervently as I do. Why is that? Then along comes this perfect little pumpkin in the form of a cupcake. Part of Klar Joseph’s Holiday 2012 Cupcake Collection, this tiny sweet has taken over my pumpkin-lovin’ heart.
The vegetable imbues the cake with moistness and just a touch of orange. It’s that first bite however that catches me unaware. A bite and a breath in, what’s returned is a middle awash with spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, maybe even some powdered ginger too. A welcoming warmth in the promise of imminently cooler weather, the sweet is finished with a dollop of spiced cream cheese.
Klar calls her baking business Cupcake Boutique, a more apt name from its former tag of “Kitchen of Klar Joseph.” She’s decided to specialize in the handheld sweets, believing that what sets hers apart are the quality ingredients that go into them, each one representative of flavors she likes. “[My cupcakes] are not over decorated,” she adds. “I like to keep them simple and elegant, not pretentious.” Educated at the French Pastry School in Chicago, Klar will display her other forms of artistic flair when she soon launches Klar’s Kitchen, another avenue of expression this time for cakes and pastries.
I’m aware that Klar’s Green Tea and Red Velvet (above) cupcakes are quite a draw. The other selections in her Holiday 2012 collection also include Strawberry Fields Forever, Frosted Raspberry (below) and Peppermint Bark (not shown). These are other flavors you might want to consider especially if you like a heavy cake topped with a meringue-like frosting. Those are not to my liking because when pumpkin is in the room, everything else pales in comparison.
Cupcake Boutique by Klar Joseph
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