Pumpkin Spice is a close second to Chocolate Mint when it comes to my favorite holiday flavors. I had some free time this weekend so I decided to experiment with a pumpkin spice cupcake/muffin recipe. I can’t lie – I ate 3 before I even frosted them!
The great thing about Pumpkin is that anything you bake with it comes out so moist! That means, its perfect for cupcake making! Below is the recipe I used for really yummy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. I don’t know what I loved more, the honey cinnamon icing or the moist cake! If you leave the icing off though, they are more like muffins, perfect for breakfast on the go. With or without frosting, these baby’s are YUMMY!!
Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
(Adapted a smidgen from Martha Stewart’s recipe.)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
- 1 tsp. cinnamon (I went a little over and liked it!)
- 2.5 tbsp. honey
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 tbsp. milk
- Cream the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Takes about 2 minutes on Medium High.
- Add the honey and cinnamon, and gradually add the powdered sugar one cup at a time.
- Add the milk and more powdered sugar (if needed) until you get your desired consistency.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 2-1/2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin pie filling (this is KEY – we want Libby’s pumpkin pie filling, not the regular canned pumpkin)
- 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin and mix well.
Combine the flour, pie spice, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda – Add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes (or wait 2 minutes and eat one anyway, because honestly they smell far too good to resist!)