Thursday, October 29, 2020

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cakes and Hot Cocoa

Recipe for pumpkin and chocolate chip snack cakes, topped with a cinnamon glaze and served with pumpkin and cinnamon hot cocoa.

I made these snack cakes to go with an amazing cup of hot cocoa. The cakes have a bit of pumpkin, a touch of spice and a whole lot of chocolate chips. The cocoa is even more special.

Recipe for pumpkin and chocolate chip snack cakes, topped with a cinnamon glaze and served with pumpkin and cinnamon hot cocoa.

The folks at Hotel Chocolat sent me their hot cocoa maker, called the Velvetizer, along with packets of the 70% cocoa and their salted caramel cocoa. Both are so good but I'd be lying if I said I didn't gravitate toward the salted caramel. By the way, they have 16 different flavors to choose from so I have more sampling to do.

Recipe for pumpkin and chocolate chip snack cakes, topped with a cinnamon glaze and served with pumpkin and cinnamon hot cocoa.

You just fill the machine with milk (any kind) up to the fill line, add the cocoa packet and plug it in. Within a couple of minutes you have the smoothest, creamiest, frothiest barista style cup of hot cocoa.

Recipe for pumpkin and chocolate chip snack cakes, topped with a cinnamon glaze and served with pumpkin and cinnamon hot cocoa.

The cocoa is quite perfect just as it is but that doesn't mean we can't still tinker, right? I added a spoonful of pumpkin puree, left over from the baking, and a pinch of cinnamon. It worked great and added a punch of autumn flavor to the cocoa.

Recipe for pumpkin and chocolate chip snack cakes, topped with a cinnamon glaze and served with pumpkin and cinnamon hot cocoa.

Hotel Chocolat also makes chocolate in lots of flavors and fillings. They sent me a sampler to taste and I might have eaten two of each while I was "tasting" them.

Recipe for pumpkin and chocolate chip snack cakes, topped with a cinnamon glaze and served with pumpkin and cinnamon hot cocoa.

I baked the snack cakes in one of those autumn shaped pans that has pumpkin, maple leaf and acorn molds. But, don't worry, any muffin tin will work just fine.

Recipe for pumpkin and chocolate chip snack cakes, topped with a cinnamon glaze and served with pumpkin and cinnamon hot cocoa.

You can serve the snack cakes as they are but I added a cinnamon glaze because more is more when it comes to my favorite autumn flavors. Since the weather lately has been cold and wet, I'm content to stay inside with these treats and my new hot cocoa obsession. Enjoy!
Yield: 12 Servings
Author: Anita Schecter
Recipe for pumpkin and chocolate chip snack cakes, topped with a cinnamon glaze and served with pumpkin and cinnamon hot cocoa.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cakes and Hot Cocoa

Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 50 Min
Recipe for pumpkin and chocolate chip snack cakes, topped with a cinnamon glaze and served with pumpkin and cinnamon hot cocoa.


For the Pumpkin Hot Cocoa (per serving):
  • 6 oz. Milk
  • 1 Packet Hotel Chocolat cocoa mix
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
For the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cakes:
  • 1 Stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 2/3 Cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the Cinnamon Glaze:
  • 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour a muffin or cakelet pan. You can also use baking spray with flour in it.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar, using a stand or hand mixer, for a few minutes until lightened in color. Beat in the vanilla, egg and pumpkin puree.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and spoon about 1 1/2 oz. of the batter into each cakelet or muffin cavity.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, salt and cinnamon and drizzle over the cooled cakes.
  6. Add the milk, hot cocoa packet, pumpkin puree and cinnamon to the Velvetizer, plug it in, press the ON button and wait until the machine turns itself off. Pour your frothy hot cocoa into a mug and enjoy with a snack cake.
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This recipe is sponsored by Hotel Chocolat. Thank you for supporting the products I love and use in my kitchen.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Gingerbread Cake with Pears and Caramel

Recipe for a gingerbread loaf cake topped with thinly sliced baked pears and drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce.

It's not too early in the season for gingerbread, right? Especially when it's a gingerbread cake that's covered in a layer of baked pears and has homemade caramel sauce poured all over it. Surely it's not too soon for that.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Pasta Bake with Beef and Pumpkin

Recipe for a ground beef, pureed pumpkin and pasta bake with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Not only is it officially autumn but I was toying with the idea of turning on the heat the other day. I held out, for the time being, but that means it's also now hot cheesy pasta bake season.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Poison Apple Manhattan Cocktail

Recipe for a bourbon cocktail flavored with sweet vermouth, apple cider and Angostura bitters.

The kids can load up on candy at Halloween but the adults should get a treat as well. OK, this adult also eats all the peanut butter cups. But that doesn't diminish my love for a well made cocktail.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait with Pumpkin Seed Granola

Recipe for a healthy parfait made with yogurt, pumpkin puree and honey, mixed with homemade pumpkin seed granola.

Are you a fan of pumpkin or is it just a seasonal flavor you're happy to see the back of quickly? Personally, I love it. I love all squash, not just pumpkin. But definitely pumpkin, whether sweet or savory.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Fig Cheesecake Tart

Recipe for a tart with pistachio crust, no-bake cheesecake filling and honey glazed figs.

Let's talk about figs. Also let's talk about cheesecake. Figs are such a short-lived treat and we only get them for a few short weeks in late summer and early fall. But it's worth savoring every day they're here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Steak and Couscous Salad

Recipe for sliced strip steaks on a bed of couscous, corn and zucchini salad.

One surefire way to make everyone happy at dinnertime in my house is to serve steak. It actually makes most of my guests happy as well. Obviously it's amazing to just eat steak on its own but I love serving it as part of a salad. The ideal one dish meal.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Crumb Topped Baked Apples

Recipe for apples, filled with jam and crumb topping and baked until soft.

My mom used to bake apples sometimes, when I was a kid. The house would smell wonderful with that aroma of cooked apples and cinnamon. All the promise of pie but none of the satisfaction. Am I the only one who found baked apples a little disappointing?

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Cracker Jack Cocktail

Recipe for a cocktail with butterscotch liqueur, milk and Cracker Jack infused bourbon.

Last month, a couple of my friends took me out for a birthday dinner. It's still outdoor dining only in New York City but it was a lovely evening at an excellent restaurant and what could be nicer than eating outside with a summer breeze.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Shredded Chicken Tortilla Pie

Recipe for a savory skillet pie filled with tortillas, shredded chicken, sauce and cheese.

Normally, the post Labor Day, back-to-school, back to busy life is my favorite time. And it may look a little different this year. But one thing never changes which is that we need quick and easy dinner ideas for busy folks.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Champagne Grape Loaf Cake

Recipe for a loaf cake baked with champagne grapes and topped with a lemon glaze.
I'm a sucker for pretty fruit and champagne grapes definitely qualify. These mini dark purple grapes are little bursts of sweet and sour in your mouth. Plus their gorgeous on a cheese board. But they also bake up really well in a cake.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Smoked Gouda Whole Egg Souffle

Recipe for a souffle using whole, not separated eggs, and flavored with smoked Gouda cheese.

Souffles are always so tempting on restaurant menus, right? But making them at home seems daunting. It's actually a simple recipe but still, the thought of it puts most of us off. I've got a solution for that.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich

Recipe for chicken, marinated in buttermilk, coated, fried and served on toasted bread.

I've been craving a fried chicken sandwich for weeks now. Not even kidding. But every time I look at take out menus I can't decide which to get. Some are just served on plain buns, some have no toppings, others don't come with coleslaw. I legit couldn't commit to a sandwich.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Spiked Frozen Mango Lassi

Recipe for a frozen yogurt and mango beverage spiked with rum.

Mangoes are definitely one of my summer treats and they're usually destined for a yogurt smoothie. Although some of them invariably end up in cocktails as well.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

No Bake Blueberry Yogurt Cheesecake

Recipe for a no-bake cheesecake made with Greek yogurt, a graham cracker crust and a blueberry compote topping.

This cheesecake has so many things going for it. It's no-bake, all or parts can be prepared in advance and the filling is actually yogurt, not cream cheese based. Plus it's absolutely delicious!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Red, White and Blue Charcuterie Board

Patriotic themed charcuterie board with red, white and blue fruit and star shaped cookies.

It's fun to serve red, white and blue themed food for the 4th of July but I'm not a fan of using food color just for the sake of making things look patriotic. Fortunately, it's easy enough to do naturally with a bounty of summer fruit.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Fresh Apricot Bourbon Fizz

Recipe for a bourbon cocktail with fresh muddled apricots, lime juice and elderflower liqueur.

The other day I had the pleasure of being invited to speak about current foodie topics during an Instagram happy hour chat with Michal from Seasoned Moments. She asked that I give her a cocktail idea that she could make for our conversation and I suggested this bourbon fizz.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Chocolate Mug Cake with Peanut Butter Sauce

Recipe for a single serving chocolate cake, cooked in a microwave, and topped with a peanut butter glaze.

I've made quite a few batches of chocolate mug cakes lately, and have been forced to taste them all in the name of research. I do this for all of you, of course. Because I want to make sure that I give you a recipe for the fluffiest cake with just the right amount of everything. It's a tough job.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Smoked Gouda and Thyme Scones

Recipe for savory scones flavored with smoked gouda cheese and fresh thyme.

My love of scones dates back to childhood and my mother's fondness for them. And once I learned to make them, I turned out a batch every few weekends. But I admit it took me a while to go from making good scones to great ones.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Boozy Peanut Butter Chocolate Egg Creams

Recipe for a boozy chocolate soda with cold milk, peanut butter and whiskey.

If you haven't been to New York, you may have heard of egg creams but not tried one. Is it eggy? Is it creamy? Eggnog-ish? None of the above, actually. It's nothing more than a chocolate soda, albeit, a really tasty one.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Chocolate Dalgona Mudslide Cocktail

Recipe for a vodka, Bailey's and Kahlua cocktail topped with whipped Dalgona coffee.

You've probably seen the Dalgona whipped coffee trend on social media. Not completely a new idea because it's similar to an old Indian beverage, but maybe new to us now. Plus it looks really cool so, of course, I had to try it.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Tomato and Cheese Bean Bake

Recipe for white beans cooked in tomato and chicken stock, then baked with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

I have been on the hunt for dry cannellini beans for weeks now but with no luck. Even the canned ones have been hard to come by although I did eventually find those. I normally don't mind canned beans as a great shortcut but I find that white beans remain a little too tough from a can. But, we all need to make do these days so I found a way to make the canned version work.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Cheesy Broccoli and Cheddar Stew with Cornbread

Recipe for a thick, chunky stew with broccoli, potatoes, carrots and cheddar cheese, served with cornbread.

I was torn between calling this a soup or a stew because the consistency is somewhere in between. If you're a Rachael Ray fan, you know she calls this type of dish a stoup and that's probably a fair description for my recipe.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Pot Roast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Recipe for tender beef pot roast, shredded and served in roasted sweet potatoes.

I've been craving a melt-in-your-mouth roast for the past few weeks but couldn't find the cut of meat I normally like to use. So I waited and it paid off because I snagged a beautiful 3 lb. chuck roast last weekend and have been loving the leftovers.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Peanut Butter Banana Cream Tarts

Recipe for pastry tarts filled with peanut butter pastry cream, topped with bananas and peanut butter glaze.

A couple of weeks ago, when I made a batch of no-yeast doughnuts and filled them with peanut butter pastry cream, I had leftover filling. So I spooned it into a jar and kept it in the fridge, trying to decide what to use it for. Tarts, of course!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Deluxe Smashburgers

Recipe for thin, extra crispy burgers topped with cheese, pickles and caramelized onions.

In contrast to the thick, juicy burgers we've all come to crave, Smashburger brought us the thin, crispy version and I'm all in. Bonus points for the fact that they're quick and easy to make at home.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Peanut Butter Cream Filled Doughnuts

Recipe for no-yeast fried doughnuts filled with peanut butter pastry cream.

If you want homemade doughnuts (or should that be when), the options are usually no-yeast baked doughnuts or yeast-risen fried doughnuts. Both are tasty but I really wanted that fried doughnut flavor. Yeast, however, as in short supply. Enter option number three.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Glazed Apple Turnovers

Recipe for apple turnovers in puff pastry with a sweet sugar glaze.

It's getting weird out there, isn't it? And yeah, I was half tempted to call these quarantine apple turnovers but they'd be good no matter what.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Beef Skillet Pie

Recipe for a skillet pie with ground beef, mustard sauce and flaky pastry crust.

If ever there was a time for comfort food, this is it. And any kind of pot pie situation is my idea of comfort. This skillet version combines browned beef with a creamy mustard sauce and is topped with flaky pastry. And if all you have on hand is ground chicken or turkey, the recipe will work just as well.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Spaghetti with Arugula and Tomato Confit

Recipe for a pasta dish with arugula, confit tomatoes and crispy torn bread.

Sometimes my favorite meals are the ones borne of necessity because the contents of my fridge and pantry and a little light that day. I usually have some form of dry pasta in the house so that's a reliable base. But on the day in question, I had a package of baby arugula and a whole lot of cherry tomatoes left over from a photo shoot. Hmm. Of course, I could just make an arugula and tomato salad but I had a better idea.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Vegetarian Salisbury Steak

Recipe for a vegetarian version of the classic ground beef Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy.

So, no, I haven't gone vegetarian on you. And my love of homemade Salisbury steak is strong. I particularly love the mushroom gravy - always the best part for me when I was eating it grown up. But the veggie version is damn good, too.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Valentine's Chocolate Treat Board

This post is sponsored by on behalf of Tribe Hummus. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own.

Tips and tricks for building a Valentine's Day dessert treat board including chocolate hummus, fruits and pastries.

My love of snack boards is not limited to cheese and charcuterie. Dessert boards are the bomb. I'd always much rather snack on a whole bunch of different things than choose just one and this way I can try all the sweet things.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Cara Cara Orange Margarita

Recipe for a tequila cocktail flavored with fresh lime and cara cara orange juice.

It somehow never stops surprising me that the dead of winter is peek season for some of the most delicious citrus fruit of the year. The market is overflowing with blood oranges, Meyer lemons and grapefruits of every color. I try to taste each different one, especially if it's new to me.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Winter Crunch Salad

Recipe for a crunchy vegetable salad with arugula, apples, cucumbers, beets, goat cheese and candied pecans.

The other day I was reading a story and the main character was digging into a big salad for dinner. It might be sort of an odd thing to crave but that's what I instantly wanted. Not some simple side salad but a hearty, crunchy, filling recipe with lots of different textures.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Chocolate Chip Crumb Topped Muffins

Recipe for bakery style chocolate chip muffins with a crumb topping.

Last week I was staring at a display of muffins at the store and one crumb topped version insisted on coming home with me. Naturally I agreed. (What January diet?)

Friday, January 17, 2020

Oat Crunch Oats 'N Honey Breakfast

This post is sponsored by General Mills. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Breakfast of new crunch oats and honey Cheerios cereal served with yogurt and fruit.

Every January I include eating a better breakfast (sometimes translated as any breakfast) to my list of New Year's goals. I do use the term goals instead of resolutions. Somehow, the word resolution makes me feel like one mistake and I've trashed the whole year. A goal is something to be worked towards which means I'm still allowed to finish the last of the Christmas cookies even after January 1st.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Crispy Chicken Tacos

Recipe for crispy chicken pieces, mixed greens and a creamy lemon dressing served in naan bread or a tortilla.

It might be a new year but we're still asking the same old question - what's for dinner? And, since we're still stuffed with Christmas cookies and cheese, can we make whatever the dinner is kind of light? Yup. I've got this.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

End of Year Round-Up 2019

The top 10 most popular recipes on Hungry Couple in 2019.

At the end of every year, I've been counting down the top 10 most popular recipes of the past twelve months. In 2019, you all seemed to prefer savory recipes but I can't blame you. Most of these were also some of my very favorite as well.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Cranberry Lemonade Champagne Sparkler

Recipe for a champagne cocktail flavored with cranberry juice and frozen lemonade concentrate.

I definitely like bubbles in my drinks so any kind of sparkling beverage is usually my first choice. Champagne is a given but, even though it's the New Year's Eve tradition, prosecco will also do just fine.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lebkuchen (German Gingerbread) Plus a Treat Box

Recipe for a soft German gingerbread cookie with almonds and orange zest plus a holiday treat box.

This month is turning out to be a busy one for me with lots of social events. I love it, though, but it does mean the cookie baking is going full force in my kitchen. In addition, my cookbook club is doing a cookie swap this week and I've got treat bags lined up for all the goodies.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Recipe for spiced gingerbread whoopie pies filled with vanilla marshmallow cream.

My obsession with whoopie pies began the first summer I ever spent in Maine. Since they're not a New York thing, I'd never tasted one before but they were for sale at every bakery we walked into so clearly I had to try them.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

OK, boys and girls, it's gift guide time. And when I say gift, I mean stuff you probably want for yourself and can just print this out, circle the items and leave the list around for the people who might want to buy them for you. Or, if those people are unreliable, just buy them for yourself. This is not a sponsored guide since most of these items are ones I already own, use, love and highly recommend. As for the ones I don't have yet but just want? Let me know if you need my address. hahaha Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Crispy Chicken Holiday Bites

Recipe for mini crispy buttermilk and mustard marinated chicken sandwiches served on biscuits.

Lately I'm hearing people debate who has the best chicken sandwich. And while there doesn't seem to be a unanimous opinion, everyone does seem to agree that thicken sandwiches are delicious. Since I haven't tried any of the fast food ones, I'm going to say that the best version is mine. Certainly it's really damn good!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pumpkin Crumb Skillet Cake with Honey Ice Cream

Recipe for a pumpkin cake with a crumb topping, served with honey vanilla ice cream swirled with honeycomb.

Let's talk about Thanksgiving desserts. I always bake an apple pie because that is what we love best. But I also like to offer something pumpkin as well. Plain pumpkin pie is not our favorite but I have lots of other creative ideas.