I know that I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again, fall is my favorite season! Although living in Phoenix we don’t see much of it here, I love the fall colors. And of course, you can’t beat all the delicious fall baked goodies! I love trying out new recipes and food ideas during this time of year. And I don’t hear much complaining from the neighbors who get to sample all the yumminess when I make too much. Which is EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. This pumpkin cupcakes recipe is just that. A new recipe that I wanted to try, not just for the cute decorations, but because the cupcakes themselves are pumpkin!!
I found these cute paper cups at a party shop, but you could use just plain orange too. Once your cupcakes are baked and cooled, it’s time to decorate! I used a big ice cream scoop (about 1/4 cup) to scoop my frosting. I used my cinnamon cream cheese frosting for these cupcakes. It goes so well with the pumpkin. I placed one scoop of frosting onto each cupcake. I use about 1/4 cup or 3-4 TBL cookie scoop for this. Then I poured some orange sugar crystals into a bowl and carefully turned the cupcake upside down or on it’s side and rolled the frosting into the crystal until all the frosting was coated. It takes a gentle hand to do this or your cupcakes will look more flat than round on the top.
Here’s a tip: once the frosting is entirely coated with crystals, it won’t stick to your fingers if you need to help shape it a little bit on top.
Once the frosting is coated with the sugar crystals, I used broken pretzel pieces for the stems. Am I the only one that loves all those crazy stems on real pumpkins?. I used pretzel pieces because they reminded me of those stems.
I wanted the tops of the cupcakes to look like pumpkins so I used the side of a toothpick to make the score marks along the top.
- 1 white box cake mix
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
- Pour batter into cupcake liners. (1/2 to ⅔ full)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 22 minutes.
I sure hope you give this pumpkin cupcakes recipe a try. They will be a hit at your next Halloween or even Fall get together. You know how much I love party food! You could add some chocolate chips to make it a jack-o-lantern if you wanted. They turned out just how I had envisioned them.
This recipe was originally shared as a guest post at Skip to My Lou, Oct. 3, 2015.
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