Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pumpkin cupcakes

Pumpkin cupcakes!
I love fall! It's like a relaxing fresh new season to pump you up for all the fun stuff coming up in the holiday season! Over the next few months I will be sharing seasonal cupcake recipes. To start off...pumpkin of course! This reciepe came straight from Martha Stewart. I followed it correctly the first time and I didn't have to change a thing! They came out great, moist, light, and fluffy. Thank Martha - side note if I could meet anybody it would probably be her. Linens, crafts, baking, home decor....the lady's got it good. Anyways back to pumpkins! I was going to make cute little fondant fall leaves and pumpkins however the kids were not feeling well so pumpkin candies had to do!

**This recipe makes 36 cupcakes, I have not tried to cut it in half yet.

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. coarse salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg

1/4tsp. all spice

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

4 large eggs, lightly beated

15 oz canned pumpkin puree

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 and put cupcake liners in muffin pans. (this recipe made 36 for me)

Step 2: Combined flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and all spice in a bowl. (wisk together)

Step 3: In a seperate large bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer add brown sugar, sugar, melted butter, and eggs.
Step 4: Slowly add in dry ingredients until smooth.

Step 5: Add in canned pumpkin puree, mix.
Step 6: Fill cupcake liners about half way full. (I use 3tbs in each one)

Step 7: bake for 18-20 minutes in middle rack, until toothpick comes out clean.

Step 8: Let cool on a wire cooling rack.

For Cream cheese frosting:

16 oz cream cheese

1cup (sticks unsalted butter)

2 tsp. clear vanilla extract

8 cups powdered sugar

2-4tbs. milk

Step 1: Set out butter and cream cheese to come to room temp.

Step 2: Beat butter until fluffy, with a hand or electric mixer

Step 3: Add in cream cheese beat until smooth.

Step 4: Add vanilla

Step 5: Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.

Step 6: Add milk until desired consistancy.

Ice cupcakes and enjoy! Now what fall flavor is next??