A few days ago, I was cleaning out my computer when I found my resume. I had totally forgotten about it since I’ve been happily employed at my current work for almost a year now, but I pulled it up to see everything anyway.
Wow. It’s amazing how a few key words can embellish even the crappiest jobs into something stellar-sounding.
Like when I worked at that portrait studio. I was a “customer service representative” which was basically a glorified term for cold-calling families from local high schools and advertising our portrait services and getting cussed out by angry parents. Also known as “assisting customer queries.”
Or that one time I worked at a clothing store in the mall. I was always telling them I was eager to learn different positions around the store, but they insisted I would be a greeter every.single.day. By the time I got off work, my throat felt like it’d fall out of my body and if I had to hear one more time about our promotions, I would go postal. In other words, I was “marketing current promotions for the company.”
Oh, and don’t forget the time I worked at the bakery. I was (easily) one of the best employees: polite, prompt, responsible, hard-working and incredibly loyal. That was probably the reason I was eventually unnecessarily fired, as they had a knack for keeping the people who worked best at a pace I can only describe as when snails attack and maintained the IQ of a plastic bag. In resume words, I was “loyal and dedicated to my craft and patient with customers and coworkers.”
The two that didn’t make the list? The burger joint I worked two hours at (on second thought, I’d rather not smell like fry oil), and the sandwich shop (not my current one) I worked at for three days (the manager can best be described as soggy cardboard on a power trip and I could. not. handle. it).
Then I realized I’ve worked at my current job for almost a year (!!) which is basically decades compared to the others. I initially wanted to reward my coworkers for being awesome by baking them these cupcakes, but unfortunately for them (and uh, my thighs) I ate them. In my defense, my family helped. It was a joint effort in enjoying these bad boys, lemme tell ya.
I can’t say enough good things about these cupcakes. They’re dense, yet not too heavy, packed with pumpkin and sprinkled with spices reminiscent of fall with notes of rich butterscotch. And the frosting, oh, the frosting. It’s Biscoff and marshmallow. Yeah, I went there. And it’s so incredible. Sweet, spicy, light + fluffy… I’m drooling all over again!
1 box spice cake mix
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 cup pumpkin
1 small box sugar free/fat free instant butterscotch pudding mix
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Butterscotch chips, optional
Biscoff Marshmallow Frosting (recipe & ingredients follow)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, water, oil, pumpkin, pudding and spices until combined. If desired, for added texture & flavor, sprinkle butterscotch chips into the batter (I didn’t, but it’d be a good boost of flavor if you’d like).
3. Portion batter evenly among muffin tins, filling approx. 2/3 full. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean. Cool completely and prepare frosting.
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/3 cup Biscoff
1/3 cup marshmallow fluff
2-4 Tbsp milk
About 4.5 cups powdered sugar
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, Biscoff spread and mallow fluff until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light & fluffy. Add milk if frosting becomes to pasty or thick.
2. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Store leftovers airtight for up to 1 day, room temperature or in the fridge. Makes approx. 18 cupcakes.
The frosting on these bad boys is AMAZEBALLS. Imagine a gingerbread cookie met a toasted marshmallow on a fall morning and plopped themselves on top of a spicy pumpkin cupcake. It’s just awesome. And even though it’s still in the 90s here, I’m totally welcoming fall with open arms… and these cupcakes!
I hope you enjoy!!