October 17, 2011

Pumpkin Challenge Week & Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with King Arthur Flour Giveaway! {Naptime Simple Tips}

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Welcome to Naptime Chef Pumpkin Week! I am a huge fan of cooking and baking with pumpkin this time of year, and I know I am not the only one. This week I thought it would be fun to challenge everyone to cook or bake at least one awesome pumpkin dish during the week to get you in the mood for pumpkin naptime cooking.

So, consider this your challenge – get out your pumpkin and start cooking! You can make anything you want with any kind of pumpkin you want. Whatever it is, we want to hear how what you make! Of course, like any good challenge, the more you share the more chances you have to win some really cool Halloween prizes.

King Arthur Flour Cupcake Decorations

King Arthur Flour Sugar Halloween Cupcake Decorations

To keep this challenge fun I encourage you post pictures of your pumpkin dish or tell us about it on Twitter (tag @TheNaptimeChef) or by tagging The Naptime Chef Facebook fanpage. If you do this, you’ll get extra entries to win my totally awesome King Arthur Flour Pumpkin Cupcake baking kit of Halloween cupcake liners, Sugar Halloween Cupcake Decorations & King Arthur Flour black cocoa {official entry rules below} and will also benefit from your ideas. I also hope you’ll join my group Pinterest Board Titled “Project #6: Pumpkinmania 2012” and pin up some of your favorite pumpkin dishes!

Cupcake Liners

King Arthur Flour Halloween Cupcake Liners

If you want to become one of my official blogging sponsors write a post about your favorite pumpkin recipe and link to this post on your blog. I’ll include a list of sponsors in my daily posts as well as in my weekly newsletter. Last but not least, check out the official rules below and tune back in here every day this week. Yes, I’ll be posting EVERY DAY and will even have an extra special guest post from a friend and food blogger – you don’t want to miss a single thing!

Cocoa Powder

King Arthur Flour Black Cocoa Powder

Rules for Pumpkin Challenge Week Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment sharing what you plan cook or bake with pumpkin this week.

2. Subscribe to The Naptime Chef newsletter (upper right hand corner) – I’ll check!

3. Become a fan of The Naptime Chef on Facebook

4. Extra Entry: Share the link to this post with your friends on Facebook and link to @TheNaptimeChef Facebook fanpage

5. Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter and link to hashtag @TheNaptimeChef

6. Extra Entry: Follow me on Stumbleupon and stumble this entry by clicking the green thumbs up.

7. 6 Extra Entries: Write a blog post between now and next Saturday October 22nd at 7:00am about what delicious pumpkin dish you’ve cooked up and tell your readers about this post with a link back to it. You will be listed in The Naptime Chef newsletter as an official sponsor.

8. Contest will run from October 17th at 7:00am through Sunday, October 23rd at 7:00pm ET. Winner will be announced on Monday October 24th at 7:00am. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn. Winner be selected by random.org.

9. Giveaway items can only be mailed within the continental US.

*Giveaway items generously donated by King Arthur Flour


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

makes 24 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

3 eggs, room temperature
1 cup vegetable oil
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 14 ounces can pure pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

For the frosting:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons whole milk
¾ cup cocoa


1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners.
2. In a mixing bowl combine eggs, oil and sugar. Then, add the pumpkin and mix well. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add this to wet ingredients until totally combined.
3. Mix in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon and pour batter into prepared muffin tin, filling each cup ¾ full.
4. Bake the cupcakes for 25 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched and a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
5. To make the frosting: cream the butter until light and fluffy. Then add in the vanilla, sifted flour and cocoa. Continue to beat until smooth. Add the milk a tablespoon at a time until the frosting reaches the desired consistency. Frost the cupcakes once they are cooled. Enjoy!

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These are great cupcakes for both kids and adults. I LOVE them for parties and toting off to fall school bake sales!


Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time, 25 minutes bake time


Naptime Reviews

Everyone loves these, especially the dark chocolate cocoa!