Hello and happy fall my friends. During this time of year, I get so inspired to decorate around my house! I swear, if you already follow me on Instagram @chichomelife then you’ve already seen an explosion of pumpkins everywhere on my feed! And if you’ve read my most recent post, “5 Simple ways to add fall decor to your living from” then you know my decor game is on! Outside of decorating, I get inspired to bake. I hate to admit it, but I have a terrible sweet tooth. So, when this time of year comes around, I totally look forward to the yummy aromas and tastes of apple pies, pumpkin bread and all sorts of things. How about you?
Last year, I found this yummy recipe, Pumpkin Spice cupcakes on Pinterest and I was ready to go on faith and give this recipe a try! Have you ever found yourself scrolling through cookbooks or hundreds of boards on Pinterest looking for a great pumpkin spice cupcake recipe to try? But, you were leery of trying it in fear of the recipe would be a disaster? That’s me all the time, however, when I tried this recipe I was in heaven.
This recipe was very easy to follow and needless to say, the cupcakes were delicious!! Most importantly my hubby and teenage son loved them. The rich pumpkin spice flavor was delightful, and my home was filled with the scent of pumpkin spice. Did I mention that the light and delicate cream cheese frosting tasted AMAZING!! Yes, amazing!!
As a result, I had to bake these yummy treats again for my family and share this mouth-watering treat with you all too! If you love pumpkin spice and cupcakes, then this recipe is for you!! Below you will find the recipe card to get started. In the meantime, what is your favorite fall dessert? Let me know by leaving your comment below. Until then, happy baking!!
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
FOR THE CUPCAKES:
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp sea salt
FOR THE FROSTING
6 oz low fat cream cheese (at room temperature)
1/3 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
4 cups icing sugar
2-3 tsp whole milk
Garnish of your choice (I used crumbled graham cracker crust)
FOR THE CUPCAKES:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare one 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
Combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, sugar and oil in a large bowl and whisk everything together until combined smoothly.
In a separate bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, spices and salt) and then dump the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Using a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon, combine the wet and dry ingredients until the flour disappears.
Spoon the mixture evenly into the 12 muffin tin line with paper liners until the batter is evenly distributed.
Bale the cupcakes at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
When they're done, the pumpkin spice cupcakes will be puffy and gold brown.
Remove the cupcakes from the time and place them on a wire rack to cool completely while you prepare the frosting.
THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
Mix the room temperature cream cheese and the room temperature butter on hiugh speed in the bowl of your stand mixer (a hand-held one will work too)
Add the icing sugar, one cup at a time, scraping down the bowl between each addition to make sure it's even. Add the milk one teaspoon at a time, making sure to watch the texture of the frosting. If your frosting is soft you may only need to add 2 tsp of milk. Once the milk is added, continue to mix on high speed until the frosting is light and fluffy (about 2 more minutes)
Once the cupcakes has cooled to room temperature, pipe the frosting on in a circular motion on top of each delicious cupcake using whatever tip you wish.
Sprinkle your favorite topping. You can use sugar, crush pumpkin spice cookie and graham cracker crust too!!
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