Friday, November 4, 2011

Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Maple Frosting

Yum!   I found this recipe at House Beautiful.  This is Ina Garten's Pumpkin cupcake recipe.  These were super moist and absolutely delicious.  Believe it or not my 4 year old said she wanted pumpkin cupcakes for her birthday party at school.  Though she is used to eating things like this I didn't think the other kids at school would like them as much as a simple boxed cupcake and frosting mix so I made a batch of these for her and a batch of boxed for her classmates.  My little girl with her sophisticated little palette, made me so proud.  I'm not sure why it has taken me 3 weeks to get this recipe posted but it has.  I will be making these again.  They really were fantastic. 

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup canned pumpkin purée (8 ounces), not pie filling
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Maple Frosting (recipe follows)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush or spray the top of 10 muffin tins with vegetable oil and line them with 10 paper liners.  Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. In a larger bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin purée, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.  Divide the batter among the prepared tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely.  Spread the cupcakes with the frosting.

Maple Frosting

6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon Natural Maple Flavor
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and butter on low speed until smooth. Stir in the maple flavoring and vanilla extract. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.

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