Easy boxed cake mix turned into soft pumpkin cake baked with a perfect crunchy pecan and chocolate chip streusal. This Chocolate Chip Pecan Pumpkin Coffee Cake is so easy you’ll never buy coffee cake again.
One of my best friends Jennifer came to visit me from Florida last week. We did all the Dubai things I was too afraid to do on my own. Like brave the chaotic streets of the Old Dubai Souks in Deira. She is pretty much like me when it comes to shopping. Our motto to every store employee or shop owner is “Don’t talk to me”. I’m not sure if that’s an American thing or a I don’t have any idea how to haggle thing. Our first mistake we made was arrive hours before the shopping rush. No one was there but the little shop salesmen. Is that what they’re called? Imagine Agrabah from Disney’s Alladin on steroids and the only customers are two scared white girls who don’t want to be talked to. Every salesman was on us like flies on a date.
Photo credit to Smeggys
Say what you want about Starbucks and their “stale” coffee. Yes, I’m talking to coffee snobs everywhere! You have to admit they know the way to every white girl’s heart during Fall. I’m more of a classic Mocha girl myself, but I love the first sight of their magical chalkboard sign exclaiming, “The Pumpkin Spice Latte is here!” It lets me know that Fall has officially arrived. I’ve taken one of my favorite Starbucks drinks and made them into brownies!
I’ve only made a few pumpkin desserts so far but I’ve got so many more planned for this season. It’s safe to say, I’m in love with pumpkin. First came my Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes and then these crazy delicious guys. These Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies were incredibly easy. How? I used my favorite boxed brownie mix.
Eeeek! Yes, you can make brownie mix taste like it’s from scratch. I promise.
Luscious moist pumpkin cupcakes stuffed with pecan pie filling and topped with cream cheese frosting. It’s the ultimate triple threat. Let these Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes kick off the holiday season!
The holidays have officially started at our house. Halloween decorations are up already (Oliver calls it his spooky house), I’m baking with nothing but Fall flavors and listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s Swinging Christmas. Yes, I start Christmas music before Halloween. Call me crazy, but I don’t think I will ever tire of it! The rain has been coming in more lately, and thank God, it’s also bringing cooler weather with it. Cooler weather = dipping a few degrees down in temperature. Hey, I’ll take whatever I can get!
One of my all time favorite desserts during this time of year is definitely crunchy, gooey, nutty pecan pie. Specifically chocolate chip pecan pie. It’s my downfall when I’m watching my muffin top. The muffin top usually ends up turning into a bundt top, but let’s not get into that. Enough about me. Let’s get to these Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes! I took my favorite pumpkin cupcake recipe and after baking, filled them with an easy pecan pie filling. I just baked the pie without the crust. After all, we just need the good stuff.