Chocolate and pumpkin. Ever since I made that elaborate Amanda's 4-Layer Chocolate Dappled Pumpkin Cake last week (and then again two days ago...heehee), I couldn't stop thinking about how I loved that taste combination. My sister read the recipe and called me immediately to ask if I could change it up to make it easier ("Can't I just add some pumpkin to a cake mix?"....yikes!). So, when a baking opportunity arose last night---a birthday at work---I decided to compromise. The cake part of this recipe is actually pretty much the same as the one for the layer cake. I just made it into cupcakes, omitted the cream cheese filling and the chocolate ganache topping, and used a buttercream frosting instead. Then I added a little dusting of decorative sugar and some candy corn. Voila! A very cute, Autumn themed, tasty cupcake.