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Come Party With Me: Cinco De Mayo - Menu (Dessert)

No detail shall be overlooked as I prepare and plan a barbeque for 300 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The flyers vibrantly let the guests know it's a Mexican themed event that celebrates a good cause, The San Diego Center for Children & The Rose McGill Fund. As always, I want this party to be spectacular, memorable, and show stopping. The pressure is on because I have to create exactly what my sister envisions and make her barbeque go down in history as one of the best Kappa Kappa Gamma events. In order for me to feel like it's a success, the food has to be tasty and the atmosphere fun. The menu features chips and dip, fajitas and quesadillas, and a decadent Mexican inspired cupcake. Cupcakes are a divine dessert for a large fiesta because they are easily transportable, well loved by everyone, and too cute not to be eaten. Since making homemade cupcakes for 300 is an insane idea, I'm jazzing up a chocolate cake from a box with pumpkin and a homemade cinnamon-chocolate cream cheese frosting. Several of my sister's sorority sisters have signed up to make desserts and to keep everything uniform, everyone will be using this recipe. You can find it if you

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
The Brooklyn Kitchen

1 package (18.25 oz.) dark chocolate cake mix
1 can (15 oz./ 1 ¾ cup) pure pumpkin
3 large eggs
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup chocolate chips
Cinnamon-Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
½ cup Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted (plus more if frosting is too thin)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin/ cupcake pan with liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, place cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend on low speed for one minute. Scrape down sides and increase mixer speed to medium, mixing for two more minutes.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips, blending until chips are well distributed.
  4. Scoop batter into prepared pan, filling each cup about ¾ full.
  5. Place pan on middle rack and bake for approximately 12-16 minutes (depending on oven) until tester inserted comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan, resting on a wire rack, for 5 minutes. Pull cupcakes out of pan and cool on wire rack 30 minutes more.
  6. To make frosting: mix cream cheese and butter on low speed in large mixing bowl until well combined, about 1 minute.
  7. Stop mixer and add cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar.
  8. Blend on low speed, until ingredients are moistened, adding more sugar if the frosting seems too thin.
  9. Increase speed to medium and beat until the frosting is fluffy, about two minutes more.
  10. To assemble cupcakes: Frost cupcakes. Dust with cinnamon.

Makes 12-18 cupcakes.

Join The Conversation
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
So you ignore the directions on the box completely and just use the cake mix?
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 10 years
Time to replan--for 301! Just tell me what I should bring! ;)
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 10 years
Nadia Potter I do want to eat them... but anytime, if I get a cupake to a mexican paty they will stare at me, weird.... anywho... jummy! A dessert for me, Watermelon, very mexican (verde-blanco-rojo, green-white-red) or a coco candy.. or something liike that, maybe difficult to find in USA
Hera119 Hera119 10 years
I think it's too difficult for me...But I want to eat them..
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 10 years
OMG! These sound to die for. I am going to attempt to make them this weekend!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I could go for some churros.
Mama-Ward Mama-Ward 10 years
Using the pumpkin in place of butter/oil is brilliant...I'm sure they will be moist and tender, and with less fat. Such a good idea. However, for my own fiesta, I will probably go for the fattening flan, and sopapillas with honey.
Meeta Meeta 10 years
WOW! That cupcake looks yummy! Will have to give it a go.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
mmmmm :drool: :drool:
SU3 SU3 10 years
:DROOL: That cupcake looks delish! & thanks for the tips!
Jennie Jennie 10 years
mmmm I can't wait for Cinco De Mayo, thanks for the tips!
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
Its sounds like so much fun ! I hope everything goes as planned and you have a great time , keep us posted :)
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