Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Last fall when my husband asked me oh-so-sweetly if I would bake something for his office, I spent hours looking for the perfect (in other words simple and inexpensive) pumpkin recipe. Martha Stewart came through for me again with her pumpkin cupcake recipe. I made my own cream cheese icing to top them off and added a few sugary sprinkles for some texture. Rumor has it that these cupcakes were a huge hit and I was commissioned (ok, asked again by my husband in that same oh-so-sweet voice) to make them again.

Two weeks ago my husband got a promotion at work and he thought it would be nice to bring something in to welcome his new team. He quickly suggested the pumpkin cupcakes. This time they seemed even easier to make and I swear, they tasted at least five times better than last year! In fact, I might make them again for an afternoon get together this weekend. Not that I ‘m obsessed with them or anything…but really, they’re that good.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree.
  3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until tops spring back when touched, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pans once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 lb. confectioner’s sugar

Directions

  1. Combine butter, cream cheese, add vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  2. Gradually add the sugar, while beating well.
  3. If mixture is too thick to spread, thin to a spreadable consistency by adding a small amount of milk.
  4. Leftover icing can be frozen for up to three months.
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