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Big Black Dog: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Frosting

October 26, 2009

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Frosting


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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19 Comments:

Blogger Maria said...

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

October 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

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

October 26, 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow they all look so good

October 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Manuela said...

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!

October 26, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger The Quintessential Magpie said...

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 :-)

October 26, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

That maple cream icing has my mouth watering!!

October 26, 2009 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger nannykim said...

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)

October 26, 2009 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I wish I was not dessertly baking challenged.

October 26, 2009 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Sheila Mitchell said...

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!

October 26, 2009 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

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!!!

October 26, 2009 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Lori E said...

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

October 26, 2009 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

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.

October 27, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Angie said...

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!

October 27, 2009 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Robin Sue said...

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

October 27, 2009 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Cass @ That Old House said...

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

October 27, 2009 at 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

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

October 27, 2009 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger RJ Flamingo said...

These sound so good - and you know? I've never made pumpkin cupcakes... but now I have to! Just so in the mood now!

October 28, 2009 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

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

October 28, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Dragon said...

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

October 29, 2009 at 7:55 PM  

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