Sunday, September 19, 2010

pumpkin cupcakes!

What could be better? I love cupcakes...and I loooooove pumpkin flavor. I hate can't stand the texture of pumpkin pie, which is how pumpkin is usually served. I often feel like I'm the only out out there that feels this way. Now I can have my pumpkin, and eat it too!

Now, I'm kinda crazy about recipes...I tried 2 different pumpkin recipes tonight. Here is the favorite:
cupcake recipe originally by David Leite..adapted by me:)

Pumpkin Cupcakes

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c. firmly packed dark-brown sugar
⅓ c. granulated sugar
2 c. cake flour
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant butterscotch pudding
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. freshly-ground nutmeg
⅛ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
¼ c. milk
¼ c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla

1¼ c. canned solid-pack pumpkin

1. Preheat the oven to 350° (175°C). Prepare a cupcake tin with 18 liners.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, sift the flour, butterscotch pudding, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and pepper into a medium bowl.

4. Add the eggs 1 at a time to the mixer, scraping down the sides after each addition.

5. Alternate adding the flour and milk, sour cream, vanilla mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat in the pumpkin until smooth.

6. Using a standard-sized scoop, divide the batter equally between the cups. (They’ll be about ¾ full.) Rap the filled pans once on the counter to release any air bubbles. Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20- 25 minutes.

7. Cool the cupcakes on racks completely. Make frosting during cooling time.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

¼ cup butter, softened

5 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Mix the cream cheese and butter until well blended. Add the cinnamon and vanilla- beat well. Slowly add the powdered sugar.

I topped mine off with....

Sugar Coated Pecans

1 cup pecan halves
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Melt the butter in a microwave safe dish, and stir in the pecan halves. Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and coat the butter-covered pecan halves with the mixture. Place the coated nuts on a paper plate, spread them out as much as possible. Microwave for about 1 minute.


  1. Oh my Gosh. Those look HEAVENLY, especially the cinnamon cream cheese frosting (never heard of it)! Thank you for sharing. I found you at It's So Very Creative.


  2. I love pumpkin and cream cheese. I rarely bake but this makes me want to. Saw you at Craft O Matic

  3. Oh man, my mouth is watering right now! Visiting from its so very cheri!
    I also linked up cupcakes this week...

  4. Love the recipe wanted to let you know im following...come on by sometime

  5. never thought of black pepper being good in pumpkin cakes. sounds interesting.

    I'm a new follower from marketing monday.

  6. ummm...YUM! I can't wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!!!

  7. Michael said he has one to bring home...can't wait to try. Your blog is so cute!!

  8. These look delicious! I love pumpkin anything, so we will for sure try these...very soon. :)

    Thanks for linking to Messy Monday!

  9. Thanks for stopping by!
    These sound soooo delicious!!!
    I'm a new follower!

  10. OMGosh, this sounds delish! Thanks for the recipe and yours turned out sooo cute Ü

  11. Wow, these look delish!!! Came over from All Things Related! Yum! Jenn

  12. This recipe sounds wonderful! Hopped over from My Frugal Family.

  13. stopping over from hope studios! oh my WOW, these look amazing! have to try them!!

    (my sister can't stand the texture of pumpkin pie either!! LOL)

  14. Those look super yummy and I'm always looking for new pumpkin recipes.

  15. These look amazing. I love everything pumpkin flavored!

  16. This looks AMAZING!!! I mean seriously what is better than sugary goodness!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  17. Oh my word does this recipe look good! I have an apple pie muffin recipe sitting out for this week, but I might bump it for pumpkin!

  18. :::stomach growling::: These look amazing!

  19. Oh, yum!! Love the pecans topping it all off!!

  20. Visiting from Anything Related ~ OMG, those cupcakes look amazing!! Drooling right now :)

  21. I'm with you about pumpkin pie...smells so good, but I can't get passed the texture. I am going to give this yummy recipe to my husband-- he used to be a chef and loves baking. I, on the other hand...(let's just leave it at that!)
    Thanks for posting it!!!

  22. As soon as I get my hands on some pumpkin, I'll be making these. I LOVE pumpkin and I LOVE cupcakes! I recently posted a recipe for a similar frosting, but I substituted maple for the vanilla. Try it. You won't believe how awesome it is!

  23. I already commented but I had to come back and let you know I'm TOTALLY making these someday soon and...I saw you over on Between U & Me!! :)

  24. Your cupcakes look super delish!! Thanks for are a talented baker!! I am going to give these a try!

  25. Oh, YUM! Those look so GOOD!
    I know what I'm doing tomorrow.

  26. I'm so gonna try these...found you on Stacey's link party

  27. Yum! I love pumpkin. I can't wait to try them.

  28. These look divine!!! I just made a spiced pumpkin cake, but once that is gone these will be in the oven! Have a great weekend.

  29. These look so delicious!

    Hannah @

    Sorry I have to delete them from my link party, they don't contain scrapbook paper!!

  30. I agree 100% about the the flavor, hate the pumpkin pie texture! I am going to try these soon. Thanks for sharing!

  31. These look really yummy! I made some cinnamon cream cheese frosting last year and couldn't stop eating it. It would be amazing with pumpkin cupcakes! Those sugared pecans on top are the perfect finishing touch.

  32. those look amazing...I am a cupcake lover...and pumkin is a favorite

  33. Found you through Katie's Nesting Spot -- these look soooo yummy! I love Pumpkin flavor as well but can't stand the texture of Pumpkin Pie either! Can't wait to get my hands on some pumpkin and try these out.

  34. I'm with you, not a fan of pumpkin pie but I love things like pumpkin bread. These sound yummy. I am planning on making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies but the recipe makes a ton so I wanted to cut in half. Wasn't sure what to do with the rest of the canned pumpkin, now I know! Thank you for joining us again at A Crafty Soiree! I hope you'll come back next week and link up again!

  35. oh my gosh.. this looks amazing :) I have to go on a mission to find some pumpkin in a can (since no one seems to know what it is here in sweden..) and make these for SURE!!! :) YUMM!!!


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