I realize Thanksgiving is over but until Halloween is over, it is still pumpkin season. I have to share this recipe with you because these cupcakes are seriously some of the best I’ve ever eaten. I owe my daughter all the credit for this one. She made these for Thanksgiving and I can’t stop eating them. If you like pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie, you will love these. They taste like moist, pumpkin pie filling with a creamy, spicy frosting. Follow the recipe directions and you won’t be disappointed.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
• 2 cups Self-Rising Flour OR 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour + 2 tsp
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
• 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup butter, room temperature or softened
• 3 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
For Cream Cheese Frosting
• 1- 8 oz package of Cream Cheese, room temperature
• ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
• 1 lbs confectioner’s sugar
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 tsp cinnamon
For Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add cupcake liners to a 12-cupcake pan, or grease pan. Mix flour (or flour+baking powder), salt, and pumpkin spice in medium bowl. Set aside. Combine pumpkin puree, milk, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Set aside. Cream brown sugar, sugar, and butter in the bowl of your stand mixer (or use a hand mixer). Add eggs in thirds, mixing thoroughly between additions. With your mixer on low, beat in flour mixture in thirds, alternating with half of the pumpkin puree, until all is combined. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each section in the cupcake pan 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Repeat for second dozen.
For Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting: Cream together cream cheese and butter. Add half of the confectioner’s sugar, beat on low until combined. Add other half. Once combined, add vanilla and cinnamon. Beat until combined. Once cupcakes are cool, frost and add cinnamon for garnish.