Pinterest Food Challenge: Pumpkin Cupcakes AND Sour Cream Parmesan Chicken

I’ve got a two-fer for you guys this month, dinner and dessert! ow ow. And expect one more next week, and probably several in December… basically, ’tis the season to eat your face off. For today, I’ve got 5 ingredient pumpkin cupcakes (for a co-workers’ birthday) and then I made Sour Cream Parmesan Chicken for dinnah. And they are both delicious!

We all pin so many ideas and recipes, but let’s take some action people! At least once a month, cook or bake something that you pinned and link it in the comments!

Let’s start with dessert because we all know it’s the best part of every meal. I found this recipe for easy pumpkin cupcakes and all I did was swap out the frosting type. In case that’s ever a dead link, here’s the deal…

You will need:

  • 1 package of white cake mix (16.5 oz)
  • 1 (15oz) can of pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • frosting of your choice (I used whipped cream in a can to give it a pumpkin pie vibe)

Note: If your cake mix is less then 16.5 ounces, use a little less water.

Mix everything but your frosting in a bowl (no eggs or oil needed!!), fill cupcake cups 2/3 full, and bake at 350* for about 20 minutes. I did not realize that whipped cream in a can shrinks up if you don’t eat it within like 10 minutes, so if that’s the route you go just spray it on before serving.

Matt thought they needed to be a little sweeter, but I liked them as is. Hopefully everyone will eat them up at work today! I always get so nervous bringing food that’s not something I regularly make… kind of like as a kid on Halloween you’re worried you’ll be the only one who wears a costume to school.

Next up: Chicken!

A few months ago I re-pinned a recipe for delicious chicken, but the link was dead. Here’s a screen shot of the pin, which luckily had the recipe right on the label:

I followed that recipe almost exactly and it came out great, I sprayed some cooking spray on the bottom of the pan first and used seafood bread crumbs instead of Italian because I was all out of Italian. I ended up cooking it for about 30-35 minutes but that may just be because I’m deathly afraid of giving myself salmonella poisoning…

Also, I don’t know if you noticed but I made a handy dandy page up top to gather all the Pinterest Food Challenge posts together. Check it out and comment with links to your own delicious recipes!

Want to see what else I’m up to on Pinterest? All my boards are right here.



2 thoughts on “Pinterest Food Challenge: Pumpkin Cupcakes AND Sour Cream Parmesan Chicken

  1. Steph, that chicken looks delicious!!! And super easy. Ima have to try it.

    And you are not the only one deathly afraid of salmonella. Right when Aaron and I were first married, I made a similar baked chicken dish. Our of habit, I ALWAYS eat my veggies first. But not Aaron. He dives right into the main course. So he was eating and eating, and almost ate the whole thing up. I went to take ONE BITE of the chicken, and it was still raw. *something was up with the oven. And I was like, “Don’t eat the chicken! It isn’t cooked!” And I looked up and saw his whole plate was GONE. I freaked out, because he just ate a whole plate of raw chicken! And I was like “You didn’t notice it was pink and chewy…?” And he was all “Nope. Tasted good.” He drank almost a whole 2 liter of Coke to “kill the germs.” He didn’t get sick at all. So there you have it, the time I almost killed my husband. Now, I ALWAYS test the chicken before serving it. Lesson learned.

    • haha that is an AWESOME story- I’m glad he was ok. I would have panicked…. the first year I lived alone I didn’t even eat chicken at all because I was too scared I was going to accidentally kill myself. lol

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