Friday, November 26, 2010

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Because I could go on and on with pumpkin recipes.
Because I didn't refill my plate yesterday and only ate two servings of dessert.
Because I'm just not ready to part with pumpkin.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting 
Taken from the completely brilliant Ina Garten

Makes 10 cupcakes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes

1 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 C canned pumpkin purée (8 ounces), not pie filling
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/2 C light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 C vegetable oil
Maple Frosting (recipe follows)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped Heath bars, for serving (2 1.4-ounce bars)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 10 paper liners.

Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. In a larger bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin purée, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.

Divide the batter among the prepared tins (I use a level 2 1/4-inch ice cream scoop) and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely.

Spread the cupcakes with the Maple Frosting and sprinkle with the chopped toffee bits.

Maple Frosting

6 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 tsp Maple Flavor
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 C sifted confectioners' sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and butter on low speed until smooth. Stir in the maple flavoring and vanilla extract. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.
 And, a few pictures of my very helpful cupcake co-bakers.

My Notes:
Seriously delicious. The only problem? The recipe only made 10 cupcakes.

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