Woo! It’s pumpkin time!! To me, it’s not fall until the air smells like burnt leaves and I bake with pumpkin. Pies, quick breads, cupcakes, cakes, I’m not picky!
I happen to adore almost all foods made with pumpkin, and I have yet to meet a dessert with pumpkin in it that I do not like. I had been so excited to make a whole bunch of pumpkin things, and when I went to bake? I had no pumpkin. Thus, the banana bread and bread pudding. I also couldn’t find my favorite cupcake book, which has finally appeared!
After an adventure, which included loading six pumpkins in my friend’s trunk, I finally had pumpkin to bake with.
The first on my list? Pumpkin cupcakes!
My mom had gotten me cupcake pans in the shape of little pumpkins, and at the time I went “When am I going to use these?” But I have found a way. Oh yes indeed.
From cupcakes! By Elinor Klivans
11/2 cups flour
¾ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
Mix, on low, the pumpkin butter and sugar until combined. Add the eggs, and mix until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients (you will find that I rarely, if ever, pre mix or sift my dry ingredients together. I have never had texture problems, and when I compare the two the only difference I have found is that one leaves me with many more things to clean.)
Fill each cup about half to three-quarters full, bake for 25 min in a 350* oven. Turn out and let cool. Time to prepare the frosting!
Cream Cheese Frosting
6 oz. crème cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar.
Mix the cream cheese and butter together, until well mixed. Add the vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar, about ½ cup at a time, until it is all incorporated. Beat it on a higher setting for fluffier frosting.
While making this frosting, you may wish to consider the possibility of Baker’s lung. I may not be sure this is a real illness, but I find it likely. Way more awesome then black lung though.
Put the frosting in a plastic bag, and use a chopstick or spoon handle to start a hole in the sides of the cupcake, and then squeeze the frosting in!