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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

(Makes about 18 cupcakes)
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin

1 pound cream cheese, room temperature
4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Garnish: Turbinado or coarse sugar


To make the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cupcake pans with 18 liners.

With an electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.

Add the eggs to the butter mixture and beat to combine the ingredients.
Add the flour mixture and buttermilk; beat to combine.  Beat in the pumpkin until smooth.  Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full.  Bake the cupcakes for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool the cupcakes on wire racks before adding icing.

To make the icing:
Combine all the icing ingredients with an electric mixer until fluffy.
Use a pastry bag to swirl the icing on top of the cupcakes.
Sprinkle with turbinado sugar or other decorations.
Pumpkin cupcakes have a light texture and a delicate spicy flavor. The velvety smooth cream cheese icing is a perfect topping but the cupcakes could also be served with a simple dustng of confectioners' sugar.
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All of our pumpkin recipes use either solid-pack pumpkin puree or pumpkin pie filling; both of which you will purchase canned.  Just be careful to use the product that is called for in the recipe.  Solid-pack pumpkin, or pumpkin puree, is 100% pure pumpkin with no salt, no sugar, no flavorings or colorings added. Pumpkin pie mix contains pure pumpkin and a blend of traditional spices and sugar; it has a more fluid consistency.  Check the label when purchasing.
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