It’s official – I have a love affair with cupcakes. I came home from school this weekend, and of course, had to bake something sweet! So in honor of fall and my roommates 21st birthday, I made Pumpkin Cupcakes! If you follow my blog you may know this is a big deal because with the name “RosieCakes” you’d think I’d make a lot of “cake” but this is technically my first!
There really isn’t a story behind this recipe. I was planning on making my mom’s pumpkin bars recipe but came home from a busy day out to find 2 eggs in the fridge instead of 4. So of course I resulted to Pinterest and found me a pumpkin recipe that required only 2 eggs! Success! And here it is, with all the credit given to Life With Cake.
Makes: 24 cupcakes
2 1/4 cups flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 chopped walnuts or pecans (I used walnuts)
Preheat oven to 375 F
Sift together flour, baking power, soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a separate bowl blend butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and pumpkin. Alternate stirring in the sifted ingredients and the buttermilk, blending until smooth. Stir in the nuts.
**I measured out whole walnuts into a plastic bag and lightly pounded them so they became smaller but not completely dusty.
Fill lined muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for 25 minutes.
Once all the cupcakes are cooled, you get to FROST! I probably ate 2 cups worth of frosting today from all the times I caught myself licking my fingers (is that sanitary?). For the cream cheese frosting I used my mom’s recipe.
8 oz. cream cheese (the kind that comes in a block)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. softened butter
Blend all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
This recipe made A LOT of frosting, which is great for dipping in your fingers and lathering it on the cupcakes, but it also allowed me to play :) After frosting all the cakes I decided to experiment a little, since this is my first time frosting stuff. First I wrote my roomie’s initials:
Then I made a cookie monster with frosting from the tube (not as delicious as the cream cheese frosting though):
Then my mom mentioned I should make them into little pumpkins, which I guess was pretty obvious considering they’re are pumpkin cupcakes! These are my favorite!
I had so much fun baking and decorating all afternoon – I hope you try this recipe out and enjoy a nice fall day!