Birthday Pumpkin Muffins

October 30, 2013

Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: Pumpkin muffins for your birthday, and for all other days.

Birthday Pumpkin Muffins from Food52 

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WHO: Sadassa_Ulna is an architect who loves to bake (and who makes these muffins on, you guessed it, her family members' birthdays!). She lives outside Philadelphia.

WHAT: Delicate, lightly-sweet pumpkin muffins, all dolled up for breakfast.

HOW: It's simple: mix your wet ingredients with your dry ingredients, and bake. Eat one right from the pan. Frost another one.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Why wouldn't you want to make a batch of pumpkin muffins on a fall morning? We love Sadassa_Ulna's idea to frost them with whipped cream cheese; it feels indulgent and breakfast-y all at once. We'd gladly eat these on our birthday -- or, really, on any other day.

Birthday Pumpkin Muffins by Sadassa_Ulna

Makes 18

2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
2 teaspoons orange zest (or 2 drops orange oil)
1/2 cup dried cherries (optional)
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Ryan Dausch

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Sadassa_Ulna November 19, 2013
Wow how did I miss this??? I just googled my own recipe to make a grocery list (because my own birthday is coming up) and found out this recipe won a wildcard. I am so touched as recipe is one I once entered for "The Recipe You Want To Be Remembered For" contest. My husband and kids will be very happy too. THANK YOU!
Kitchen B. October 31, 2013
Congratulations..........Yum Yum
drbabs October 31, 2013
Love! Congratulations!
EmilyC October 30, 2013
Congrats on your WC win! These look fantastic and I love the story behind them.