Pumpkin isn't just for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Also, I was too busy during these holidays to actually utilize the tasty ingredient. So when deciding what to bake for Marjo's birthday I opted for pumpkin as my principle ingredient. I made pumpkin cupcakes with mascarpone-cream cheese frosting and candied orange zest for garnish. I also made pumpkin-swirl brownies. Cayenne pepper gives the brownies an unexpected kick!