Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Frosting

by Michelle on October 26, 2009

FINALLY!

Due to the pumpkin shortage I’ve not been able to bake anything pumpkin yet this year. I was near panic all week but on Saturday one of my local markets finally came through. Their canned pumpkin display consisted of a huge mound of box after box of pumpkin about 100 cases deep and stacked 10 cases high. YES!!!!! And I stocked up and have enough pumpkin for a few years now!

If you have not noticed I’m participating in the GreatHallowTweet, which is organized by my twitter buddy, Renee of Flamingo Musings. We’ve all decorated up our blogs for Halloween and I must say, we all outdid ourselves this year! Great job guys! If you have a minute please hop over to my sidebar and click on the links in the big orange banner. I promise you will not be disappointed. So fun!

The recipe I used for my cupcakes is all over the internet yet I’ve never made Pumpkin Cupcakes. I know hard to believe being I’ve had a pumpkin obsession for years now. But boy is this recipe a keeper, just fantastic!! Of course I had to have a little fun with Halloween and decorate the heck out of them.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Leite’s Culinaria

1/c c butter, softened
1 c packed dark-brown sugar
1/3 c sugar
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin

Makes about 16 regular sized cupcakes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the butter and sugars until well blended. Add the eggs, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, pepper and vanilla and mix well. Blend in the buttermilk and pumpkin then gradually add flour and mix until completely incorporated.

Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full of batter. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean about 12-15 minutes. Remove cupcakes from tin and cool on a rack.

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Maple Cream Frosting
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 TBL pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 c confectioners’ sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar; continue beating until well combined and smooth.

I had to double the frosting recipe to have enough for all the cupcakes. But I tend to pipe a thicker frosting for cupcakes to get a nice top dome and ..well because I love it! But if you’re frosting the cupcakes with a spatula, the recipe as is should be fine.

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In case you’ve missed them, pictured below are more of my Halloween Treats. Just click on the title links for the recipe and post.

Halloween Lollipop Cookies

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Snow-flecked Brownies

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Candy Corn Kiss Cookies

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Comments

  • Maria October 26, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I love all of your treats. So festive and fun!

  • Elle October 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Oh, now I’m starving! I love the maple icing, and of course, the sprinkles!

  • Chow and Chatter October 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    oh wow they all look so good

  • Manuela October 26, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Oh shoot! Now I’m so confused… I don’t know if I should make the cookies or these cupcakes for my kid’s school Halloween party. Maybe these cupcakes, they look so yummy! But the cookies were delicious too. Hm!
    They look amazing Michelle!

  • The Quintessential Magpie October 26, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Oh, you sinful, sinful girl, you! Michelle! You have just made me go into sugar crave overload with this post. Shame on you! Don’t you know I’m on a diet???

    Loved it ALL. Want it ALL.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • Tracy October 26, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    That maple cream icing has my mouth watering!!

  • nannykim October 26, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I love anything pumpkin too (but I am gluten free and I have sound some stuff). My hubby requested today that I make some pumpkin muffins–I make him some that are dairy free and oil free…I make the really large ones and they come out really moist. I guess because of the pumpkin and the applesauce.

    Also this past week I have tried two new pumpkin recipes. One for pumpkin butter which is from Better Homes and Garden and a pumpkin coconut, nut cookie that you cook on the stove top. I have posted these here:

    http://nannykimsrecipes.blogspot.com/

    Have a great day, kiddo!!

    (ps I am the nannykim with the spindle cottage blog)

  • Pam October 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I wish I was not dessertly baking challenged.

  • Sheila Mitchell October 26, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    all that stuff, but the halloween lollipop cookies? Hello….why haven’t I thought of that! What a great idea! Love how you creatively placed them also…gonna try some pics with my new camera & see if they come out as good as yours. Thanks again Michelle!

  • Danielle October 26, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I keep hearing about this pumpkin shortage but my store has stacks and stacks of canned pumpkin..hmm. Well, just in case I bought a few cans.
    Your cupcakes looks so good. I bet the frosting just put those little babies over the edge…yum!!!

  • Lori E October 27, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Fun, fun, fun cupcakes. Can I just lick the frosting off?

  • Ben October 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I so want one of those cupcakes right now. They look so delicious!

    In another matter, did you change your blog’s layout? Maybe it’s only me, but it looked kinda funky today.

  • Angie October 27, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I love your goodies, and your pictures are so adorable, I have a pumpkin staring at me right now, and I am trying to decide what to do with him, just made a pie, your cupcakes look heavenly, maybe I should go that way!

  • Robin Sue October 27, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Loving all these Halloween treats! So many cute ideas Michelle and the decore on the blog is very festive!

  • Cass @ That Old House October 27, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Oh my gosh, this all looks so amazing and delicious. I wish I still had to bake for school parties for my kids!

    Now if I bake, I pack it up and send it into my husband’s office so we don’t eat it. But those cupcakes? They are too cute. And I am with you– the more frosting, the better.

    The cupcake is really just there as the vehicle to deliver the frosting.

    Cass

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 28, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Yum… Your cupcakes sound tasty and look so cute with the sprinkles!

  • RJ Flamingo October 29, 2009 at 12:43 am

    These sound so good – and you know? I’ve never made pumpkin cupcakes… but now I have to! Just so in the mood now!

  • Kate October 29, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Goodness, you have been busy! I am thinking pumpkin cupcakes are what I need to make…maple cream frosting, yum!

  • Dragon October 30, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Oh wow! I want to come to your house this halloween for some of these amazing treats. :)

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