Monday, December 19, 2011

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!


PUMPKIN CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING


I've never been much a pie kind of person, but I absolutely adore anything pumpkin! So pumpkin cupcakes really hits the spot for me! And the cream cheese frosting!?! Ohhhh, the frosting! It is absolutely AMAZING!! And yes, these are totally worth all of the exclamation marks!



Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (I did not use this)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree or cooked mashed pumpkin
  • Cream cheese frosting (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl; mix well. 
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a separate bowl.
  3. Stir dry mixture into oil mixture, beat well. 
  4. Stir in pumpkin puree. 
  5. Pour/scoop batter into cupcake liners. 
  6. Bake at 350° for 16-20 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean). 
  7. Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

The BEST Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 stick of butter (softened)
  • 12 ounce cream cheese (softened)
  • 8 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine butter, vanilla, and cream cheese together in large mixing bowl and slowly add powdered sugar; beat well until smooth. Makes enough for 24 plus cupcakes depending on how much you use on each cupcake!
I added a little bit of frosting inside the cupcakes by using a long skinny piping tip.
 DELICIOUS Cupcakes perfect for your holiday potlucks!

Check out my tutorial on how to frost a cupcake using a piping bag on YOUTUBE

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