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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Spiced Buttercream


Things are about to go Halloween around here next week.  I have something special planned for you tomorrow, and then next week prepare for Orange, and Spiders, and all things Gross!  In the meantime though I have these amazing Cupcakes I want to share with you.  They are pumpkin, so they are the perfect prelude to Halloween! 


I made these for a Teacher’s Appreciation Lunch at my son’s school.  There were a few teachers around when I brought them in, and these little treats  were oohed  and awed over like crazy.  I am not sure they even made it until lunch time!  If you follow me on facebook, you may remember me not being able to find powdered sugar.  This is why I needed it!  Seriously!  It took 3 stores to find powdered sugar.  But it was well worth all the trips, because this frosting was amazing!! 



Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Spiced Buttercream

Adapted from Annie’s Eats

Cupcakes:
2 2/3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp salt
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup canola
4 eggs

Buttercream Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese
5 tbsp. butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
2½ cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare cupcake pans, makes approximately 30 cupcakes. 

To make the cupcakes
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt together. Set aside.  In the bowl for an electric mixer, blend together the pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar and oil. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.  With the mixer on low, add the flour in slowly, until just combined. 

Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3rd of the way full.  Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

To make the frosting
Using an electric mixer cream together cream cheese and butter, until smooth.  Mix in vanilla.  Gradually stir in the powdered sugar and cinnamon.  Beat on medium until smooth.  Frost cooled cupcakes.

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36 Comments:

At October 20, 2011 at 7:54 AM , Anonymous Steve @ the black peppercorn said...

These look great Erin and props to you for giving some support and sppreciation to the teachers! Around Christmas time I bring in a big tray of cookies and squares for them. Does your son know what he wants to dress up as for halloween? My kids keep changing their minds. :)

 
At October 20, 2011 at 8:05 AM , Anonymous Curt said...

I'll bet that cinnamon spiced buttercream is awesome.

 
At October 20, 2011 at 8:09 AM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

What a great fall treat for those teachers! These look so good, Erin! I'm looking forward to the rest of your Halloween recipes!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 8:45 AM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

Well those just sound amazing...like AH-mazing! I can imagine those cupcakes smelling so good when they are cooked...and the buttercream? Fabulous my dear, fabulous!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM , Anonymous Lacy said...

Yummm!! This sounds amazing! Love the buttercream frosting but I have never heard of a store running out of powdered sugar lol, that's hilarious! I have a can of pumpkin sitting at my apt just waiting to be made into something delicious, these might be it!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM , Anonymous Joanne said...

Can I have one please? LOL. I've got all the ingredients, so I'm definitely making these!!! This is why I keep my fridge stocked =)

 
At October 20, 2011 at 9:43 AM , Anonymous Kate @ Kate from Scratch said...

These look and sound wonderful! Also - sidenote - I'm jealous of that piping job. haha! I'm terrible at that. Well done!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM , Anonymous Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Lovely cupcakes! And that's so weird to not find powdered sugar. Strange how sometimes common ingredients are difficult to find. I have that problem frequently as well. looking forward to all the Halloween fun!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM , Blogger Junglefrog said...

These look seriously good and that flavor combination has got to be a winner! How funny how you are not able to find powdered sugar. I have a whole other range of ingredients that are common but nowhere to be found on this side of the globe. I guess we all have our challenges!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM , Blogger Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) said...

What a great flavor combo!! I love the liners too.. how cute are those!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 11:40 AM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Oh, yeah, I can see these beauties disappearing fast! Teachers just love the homemade treats...how nice of you to bake for them!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM , OpenID sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

These cupcakes sound great...one of my favorite flavor combos. Can't wait to see what Halloween treat you post tomorrow. :) x

 
At October 20, 2011 at 1:01 PM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

Erin...these are so pretty! I love how you swirled the icing on top. What did you use? What kind of icing tip. I am just getting into the decorating aspect of frosting cupcakes and I don't think I have the right tips. I need whatever you got there... but I need your steady hands too. Great job!! ~ Ramona

 
At October 20, 2011 at 2:04 PM , Anonymous Cucina49 said...

These are beautiful--I've never thought about flavoring buttercream with cinnamon, but it makes perfect sense!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 2:15 PM , Blogger Shari said...

Erin, I love your cupcakes. I am just getting into making cupcakes again. Great for a party and I love how you decorated them. Time to get out all my old Wilton tips and bags and experiment, thanks for the motivation. Hey, can we have blogger appreciation and you send some cupcakes my way :) I will trade you for some Meyer Lemons

 
At October 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM , Blogger Cassie//Bake Your Day said...

This buttercream sounds awesome, I love all things cinnamon!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM , Anonymous kristy said...

Oh! Cinnamon spice buttercream?! I could eat that all on its own. :)

 
At October 20, 2011 at 3:13 PM , Anonymous Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

I have those same exact cupcake wrappers!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 3:32 PM , Anonymous janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

Sounds great Erin! I have been wanting to make some cupcakes lately. :-)

No powdered sugar in the stores!? GASP!!! *runs to stock up on powdered sugar just in case this is a sign of things to come*

 
At October 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM , Blogger Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Oh these look FAB I bet they were very appreciated. I can't believe it took you 3 shops to find powdered sugar!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 5:35 PM , Anonymous kita said...

These cupcakes sound awesome right now. I want to be a teacher near you!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 8:13 PM , OpenID warmvanillasugar said...

Mmm these sound so yummy!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 8:32 PM , Anonymous Happy When Not Hungry said...

Wow these look amazing! I don't think I've ever had pumpkin cupcakes. Yum!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Ann said...

*sigh* it's days like this that I HATE being allergic to cinnamon. These look absolutely amazing! Your cupcake liners are adorable!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 9:39 PM , Blogger Free Spirit Eater said...

This seems like the perfect combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and spices. I am very sure the teachers felt very appreciated with those cupcakes! They look superb Erin, thanks for sharing, have a great weekend =]

 
At October 20, 2011 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Sandra said...

I think out of all frosting- buttercream frosting is the best, and your pumpkin cupcakes are heavenly!!!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 10:39 PM , Blogger Kara said...

These look so lovely, i love the frosting!
I can not wait to see you Halloween treats!! Look forward to reading about them!

Kara :D

http://lovehomebird.blogspot.com/

 
At October 20, 2011 at 11:06 PM , Blogger Elies_Lie said...

how nice are u to bring it to school for the teacher erin :)
love pumpkin and een loves the look of ur frosting! ;)

 
At October 20, 2011 at 11:48 PM , Blogger Foodness Gracious said...

What was the deal with P sugar? That stuff is always on the shelf. Great looking c cakes and lucky teachers!
Take care..

 
At October 21, 2011 at 1:21 AM , Blogger Baker Street said...

lovely clicks and even yummier cupcakes!

 
At October 21, 2011 at 8:39 PM , OpenID thejoyofcaking said...

I love anything with pumpkin in it, and I'm dying over that recipe for cinnamon spiced buttercream icing what a perfect topping!!!

 
At October 21, 2011 at 10:24 PM , Anonymous Ashley@Bakerbynature said...

This flavor combination sounds amazing! The swirl of icing on top looks perfect.

 
At October 22, 2011 at 1:01 AM , Blogger Tessa said...

No powdered sugar? Hate it when you can't seem to find something that should be simple!

These look awesome. Had a similar cupcake from a local bakery, and I strongly feel I need to recreate them at home. Saving your recipe!

 
At October 22, 2011 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

These look delicious Erin. So good I popped them on stumble for you. Have a great weekend!

 
At October 22, 2011 at 7:55 PM , Anonymous Adele Forbes said...

just wonderful..pumpkin and cinnamon buttercream...oh my...thanks so very much for sharing!

 
At October 30, 2011 at 8:01 PM , Anonymous Ally said...

Cinnamon buttercream? Pumpkin? Harmony!
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.com

 

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