Sunday, October 3, 2010

Perfect Pumpkin Cupcakes

After picking up an adorable cake stand at Home Sense for $10, and fitting it with candy corn grosgrain ribbon, I was eager to top it with some pumpkin cupcakes. Here is a recipe for the perfect pumpkin cupcake - spicy, moist and fluffy with a cream cheese icing. The recipe is super easy and the results are seriously addictive.

Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
- Makes 30 mini cupcakes

1 cup cake and pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp each ginger, allspice, nutmeg
1/2 cup salted butter (room temp)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Icing Ingredients:
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup salted butter
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line mini cupcake pan with paper liners. Spray lightly with olive oil so the cupcakes don't stick.
2. In a large bowl, blend butter, both sugars and eggs until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin puree and vanilla.
3. In a medium bowl, sift together cake and pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until smooth.
5. Fill liners with batter almost to the top. Bake 16 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
6. To make icing, blend cream cheese, butter and confectioner's sugar until smooth and creamy.
7. When cupcakes are completely cooled, decorate with icing and sprinkles.

I'm absolutely in love with the decorative possibilities of this cake stand. The ribbon can be changed for any occasion and celebration, which makes it incredibly versatile and fun.


  1. They look awesome! How me a few!

  2. Those cupcakes would be a hit at a Halloween party. Great job.

  3. They are really good! They'll be gone WELL before Halloween! LOL Will definitely be making more of these!

  4. Laurelle -- Would you share with me where you purchased your cake stand and if you have used a glass cover with it (to cover either cakes or cupcakes)? I am wanting to purchase a cake stand and I just love the ribbon feature of this one. Thanks for the cupcake recipe, btw...


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