Friday, October 5, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Oh my heavens! How these cupcakes are a Godsend. Truly truly I tell you, I could eat these every day of my life and I would do nothing but praise how good these cupcakes have been to me (and maybe how bad they have been to my waste line, but that is just simply besides the point).

I first made this recipe in full cake form.

You may have seen the picture on Instagram. It was quite a hit. P.S. You should follow me on Instagram if you are on there. You'll see plenty more yummy food pics :)

I made this Ombre Rose Cake for my sister-in-law's baby shower a few weeks back with this same pumpkin spice cake recipe. It was quite a hit at the shower. I learned my rose technique from the wonderful Amanda of I am Baker. She is pretty fabulous. Have you seen the amazingly kind words she has said about me and my husband? We kind of love her! And can you blame us?

Ok, now lets get back to these delightful cupcakes.

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After the baby shower when everyone was saying how tasty the cake was, I knew I had to make it again. I was really amazed by the sweet comments from people at the shower saying how beautiful it was as well as the taste of it, especially the frosting paired with it.

As much fun as the rose cake was, it is a bit of work, and this time around, there was no one to admire the hard work to put into it, so I opted for the easier, yet just as delicious, cupcake version. And since we aren't talking about a sweet little baby girl that will be joining us in 9 weeks, I thought it appropriate to make it fall themed, what with it being pumpkin spice and all!

So without further ado, I present you with my pumpkin spice cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. And don't forget to make your homemade pumpkin puree too. You'll want it for these.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe | Carla's Confections #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #cupcakes #recipe
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | Printable Recipe
makes about 24 cupcakes

ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup homemade, or store bought pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
for the cream cheese:
  • 1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp milk (more if thinner consistency is desired)
directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy and light.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until fully combined.
  4. Get out two medium sized bowls. In one of the bowls, combine the puree, buttermilk and vanilla. In the other bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the pumpkin mixture and the flour mixture into the bowl of the stand mixer, until it is all fully combined together.
  6. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full, and bake about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove and let cool and make the frosting.
  7. For the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese until soft and fluffy on medium speed in the stand mixer. Add in the vanilla and cinnamon and beat until incorporated.
  8. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the powdered sugar in batches until fully incorporated.
  9. Splash in the milk to thin out the consistency a little, adding more if desired.
  10. Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes once cooled and adorn with fall edible decorations.
Recipe slightly adapted from Country Living



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28 comments :

  1. These look so yummy! I really wish I could have tasted some :) I guess I will have to make some! These photos are GORGEOUS! I love those sprinkles!

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  2. Well well you crazy pumpkim quees. Look at you creating beautiful things from a gourd. Admit it, pumpkin is the greatest veggie (or fruit??) ever invented... that's not a berry (did you know bananas are a berry).. anyway... I have to admit Carla, I stink at making cake. They just don't come out riight for me. I probably need to start making more and more cakes because even when I follow recipes like this to the T they still come out undercook or as dense as a stupid brick.
    I really really really want to be good at making cakes.

    Will this one be the magic pumpkin that turns into a wonderful dream for me.
    Let's hope.. pray... wish.

    Stayed turned. :)

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    1. HAHA i hope it works for you Tara! I agree that pumpkin is really the best!

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  3. Beautiful cake and cupcakes! I love anything pumpkin. And spice anything! Those sprinkles are super cute... wish I could find something like that. :)

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    1. Thank you Erin :) I know, I wish you could find some of these sprinkles too. They are so fun! I had a hard time finding fun stuff like that when I was in New Zealand too.

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  4. Gorgeous! And that frosting is to die for! I'm such a sucker for cream cheese frosting. And that cake is absolute perfection!

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    1. Thank you Chung-Ah! You are so sweet!!!! Cream cheese is one of my favorite frostings too! The cinnamon in it is so amazing :D

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  5. Super fun cupcakes and the baby shower cake, perfection! Of course how could it not be? After all, you made it for a perfect little niece to be of yours! <3 Oh Baby love! <3 Anyway, I just love those fall leaf sprinkles and am very jealous that I don't get to share in your yummy goodness!

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  6. Mmm! It's the perfect time of year for pumpkin spice! These cupcakes look amazing! :D

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    1. Thank you!!! Very sweet of you. Glad you stopped by :)

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  7. Uh, your frosting skill - phenom. So perfect! Great minds think alike ;)

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    1. Thanks Julie :) Yes, great minds definitely think alike! LOVED the PSL cupcakes!!! <3

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  8. These look perfect...as did your beautiful cake on instagram! :D

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  9. Is it really pounds of powdered sugar?

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    1. Haha yes it is pounds (1 1/2) of powdered sugar. You really need that much for the frosting to hold stiffly. But it is really great. With the cream cheese in there, the powdered sugar isnt *as* overwhelming :) I hope you try it and like it. Thanks for stopping by :D

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    2. Thank you so much for responding! That clears things up, haha. I'm so excited to make these-I'm sure they'll be as fun to make as they are to look at!

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    3. Thank you! I do hope they work out well for you :) Thanks again for stopping by!

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  10. how many cups of powdered sugar is 1 1/2 lbs?

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    1. Im so sorry for the delayed response to this but you are looking at about 5 1/2 cups! I know it seems like a lot, but it is necessary :) I hope this helps and Im sorry again!

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  11. So looking forward to making these! Except, I'm gonna make it into a cake. with some cheesecake. yum, yum, yumm! Thank you very much for this!! (:

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    1. Oh good!!! I have made these into cake too (just made it this last weekend actually) and it is really amazing! I hope you enjoy it!! :D

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  12. These look delicious and so pretty. Loving the Autumn leaf sprinkles.

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  13. Made them and they were a hit! Autumn perfection.

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  14. looks delicious! I can't wait to try it! how many cupcakes does a batch make? Also, for the frosting... can i add food coloring even though its cinnamon frosting? Or did you use a regular buttercream when you made your cake version?

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    1. Hi Kristen! I'm so glad you are looking forward to making these! The batch makes roughly 24 cupcakes. And yes you can use food coloring in the frosting! My cake version was still cinnamon cream cheese frosting and the food coloring worked great :) hope this helps and I hope you enjoy the cupcakes!!

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  15. These are so cute! I am featuring them on my site tomorrow. Just thought I would let you know! Thanks for posting them!

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