Sunday, 18 July 2010

Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

Photo courtesy of mise-n-place

Well, I've taken quite a long hiatus and pursued other interests for a while, but alas, I keep coming back to cupcakes! I just can't seem to get enough and in my time away I've picked up a great pumpkin cupcakes recipe. I've also picked up a good deal more of cupcake recipes which I'll be sure to post a few times a month (I'm aiming for once a week but I can't make any promises). As usual, if you would like a specific recipe, have any questions or comments feel free to shoot me an email and I'll get back to you as soon as I take my cupcakes out of the oven!

Probably the most requested of cupcake recipes I'm asked for are pumpkin. Whether it's the season for Halloween cupcakes or something else, I don't know, but either way they're quite a delicious treat!

This is a sweet snack that can be enjoyed all year round. Pair it with your favorite icing (I prefer cream cheese frosting but use whatever you'd like!)

Makes about 18 cupcakes
Preheat over to 350 F and line cupcake pans with liners

2 C all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground all spice
1 C packed light brown sugar
3/4 C granulated sugar
1 C salted butter
4 large eggs
15 oz pumpkin puree

In a bowl whisk flour, baking soda and powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice. In another bowl whisk brown and granulated sugar with butter and eggs. Whisk in dry ingredients (be careful not to over mix!) and then add pumkin puree.
Pour batter into prepared cupcake pans and put it in the over for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway.

When they're done take them out and let the pumpkin cupcakes cool. Now they're ready to be frosted! I prefer mine with cream cheese frosting, but I've had friends who prefer theirs with chocolate frosting or vanilla. You can choose whatever you'd like to top your pumpkin cupcakes!

Pumpkin cupcakes can be used on many occasions. Halloween is the first that comes to mind, but they can be very festive during Autumn in general. Try them out as Thanksgiving cupcakes and decorate with cranberries! As a fun activity with your children you can have pumpkin cupcake decorating parties before holidays. People tend to love pumpkin which makes these an excellent choice for parties or other social events such as dinners and potlucks.

These cupcakes taste best when fresh so I would not recommend freezing them, though they'll still be yummy if you do. I've eaten these topped with so many different things and they're always so delicious. For something different try a cranberry and chocolate frosting. Or use vanilla frosting and sprinkle crushed up oreos on top. You could use any color sprinkles, honey or maple icing, the possibilities truly are infinite.

Well, I promise to be more up to date posting cupcake recipes to fill your hearts and tummies.
Enjoy these pumpkin cupcakes! I know I will!