World’s Best Pumpkin Cupcakes

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PUMPKIN CUPCAKES! Yes, I was that excited to make these. And, guess what? I made them from scratch! No boxed mixes or pre-made frosting here. I considered it, I did, but my gut said “just do it.” And so, I did – thank you very much Smitten Kitchen for the wonderful recipe.


I made a real mess with these babies. You should have seen me spattered with orange batter and frosting all over my clothes (and the walls.) Part of it was…you were supposed to have a “stand alone mixer” to make it. Well, I only had a regular mixer and it ended up flying everywhere. I cut some corners but it all turned out awesome.

Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Ginger. Pumpkin. Buttermilk. Cream cheese. Brown Sugar. These are all like the ingredients of my dreams!

Clearly, I’m still mastering the art of frosting. I bought frosting bags and tips and this was my very first attempt at “fancy.” I’ll get there. Know why? Because my very thoughtful boyfriend bought me a cupcake making class for my birthday!

He has a hard time waiting till actual birthdays so he gave this me yesterday. I was super surprised and excited! I am just in love with cupcakes and make I can actually become, like, a baker? Mmm, we shall see. Please try and make these cupcakes today — you won’t regret it!

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Maple–Cream Cheese Frosting

*From Smitten Kitchen

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk mixed with 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin

Frosting
Two (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Make the cupcakes:
1. Preheat the oven to 350° (175°C). Line a cupcake pan with 18 liners.
2. In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and pepper into a medium bowl.

3. Add the eggs 1 at a time to the mixer, scraping down the sides after each addition. Alternate adding the flour and milk mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat in the pumpkin until smooth. Scoop the batter among the cupcake liners — you’re looking to get them 3/4 full. Rap the filled pans once on the counter to release any air bubbles. Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool the cupcakes on racks completely.


Make the frosting:
In a stand mixer beat all the ingredients on medium until fluffy. To assemble the cake, frost the top of one cake, place the other cake on top. Frost the sides and top, swirling decoratively. Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes to set up frosting.

Last but not least…check out my new cupcake carrier — isn’t it adorable? I’m in love:

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  • http://bethmichelle.com/ Beth Michelle

    nothing like from scratch cupcakes. especially if they are pumpkin cupcakes!! yours look delicious and having batter flung all over is just part of the fun :)

  • http://www.eat-drink-love.com/ Stephanie @ Eat. Dri

    Your cupcakes sound really yummy!And how fun is it that you get to take a cupcake class! I wanna go!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16038760690055612373 S.V.

    These look so Yummy!!!! I love pumpkin and everyone's baking with it right now but me. Time to embrace fall and maybe make some pumpkin cupcakes. :)

  • http://bethmichelle.com/ Beth Michelle

    nothing like from scratch cupcakes. especially if they are pumpkin cupcakes!! yours look delicious and having batter flung all over is just part of the fun :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12567296017000909537 Lilly

    Cupcake making class sounds like super fun! You sure you need it cuz these look just wonderful! Would love to have a bit or two.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03258699925063180509 Lizzy

    How could anyone resist these beauties???? Fabulous…especially with the cream cheese icing…yum!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01257119248873696055 Wilde in the Kitchen

    These look so perfect! The frosting looks so delicious, I love cream cheese frosting… I'm thinking cupcakes next weekend!

  • http://www.eat-drink-love.com/ Stephanie @ Eat. Dri

    Your cupcakes sound really yummy!And how fun is it that you get to take a cupcake class! I wanna go!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16038760690055612373 S.V.

    These look so Yummy!!!! I love pumpkin and everyone's baking with it right now but me. Time to embrace fall and maybe make some pumpkin cupcakes. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11989679323306559242 Ericka Andersen

    Thanks ladies! These were fun to make and really hard not to eat ALL of them sitting in my kitchen right now. I'm trying to save some for my co-workers, who are getting spoiled these days!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04974235202743391870 Victoria (The Distri

    "something nice"OK so not being a smartass…that maple syrup in the frosting is brilliant and I am going to steal your idea.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18003419431016626023 Dan Collins

    Something nice!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02275069796844766797 Brad Essex

    Oh my goodness those look Delicious. Ericka you are so awesome.

  • http://livebreathehuzzah.wordpress.com/ Brigid

    I have a busy week ahead of me. I'll take all the good karma I can get! Those look delicious!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15306852209363997593 Neyetrydr

    They sound simply delicious and knowing the love U put in making them, I can smell the cinnamon & nut meg. If you leave the splatters on the wall until they R dried, they'll come off easier plus leave a nice faded orange memory.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16266064285573670596 wutdafuhk

    You had me at pumpkin cupcakes:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02662318767837614538 Robert H.

    Wow! Really? Did you have to go and do that? Here I am, a 41 year old man getting ready to run to the store to get what ingredients I don't have so I can make this happen! (Thanks from your friends at "Follow Liberty")

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12567296017000909537 Lilly

    Cupcake making class sounds like super fun! You sure you need it cuz these look just wonderful! Would love to have a bit or two.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03258699925063180509 Lizzy

    How could anyone resist these beauties???? Fabulous…especially with the cream cheese icing…yum!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01257119248873696055 Wilde in the Kitchen

    These look so perfect! The frosting looks so delicious, I love cream cheese frosting… I'm thinking cupcakes next weekend!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03266656770558847026 Ann

    They look DELICIOUS! I'm a huge fan of cream-cheese frosting and your new carrier is the best! I LOVE those sort of things…easy to tote and makes them easy to share….well easy to tote anyway!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11989679323306559242 Ericka Andersen

    Thanks ladies! These were fun to make and really hard not to eat ALL of them sitting in my kitchen right now. I'm trying to save some for my co-workers, who are getting spoiled these days!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04974235202743391870 Victoria (The Distri

    "something nice"OK so not being a smartass…that maple syrup in the frosting is brilliant and I am going to steal your idea.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18003419431016626023 Dan Collins

    Something nice!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02275069796844766797 Brad Essex

    Oh my goodness those look Delicious. Ericka you are so awesome.

  • http://livebreathehuzzah.wordpress.com/ Brigid

    I have a busy week ahead of me. I'll take all the good karma I can get! Those look delicious!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15306852209363997593 Neyetrydr

    They sound simply delicious and knowing the love U put in making them, I can smell the cinnamon & nut meg. If you leave the splatters on the wall until they R dried, they'll come off easier plus leave a nice faded orange memory.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16266064285573670596 wutdafuhk

    You had me at pumpkin cupcakes:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02662318767837614538 Robert H.

    Wow! Really? Did you have to go and do that? Here I am, a 41 year old man getting ready to run to the store to get what ingredients I don't have so I can make this happen! (Thanks from your friends at "Follow Liberty")

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03266656770558847026 Ann

    They look DELICIOUS! I'm a huge fan of cream-cheese frosting and your new carrier is the best! I LOVE those sort of things…easy to tote and makes them easy to share….well easy to tote anyway!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11989679323306559242 Ericka Andersen

    Thanks everyone! They really were delicious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12954905701599291634 maggie. mayd.

    Bring me one! Pretty please!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11989679323306559242 Ericka Andersen

    Thanks everyone! They really were delicious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12954905701599291634 maggie. mayd.

    Bring me one! Pretty please!

  • http://www.rerunrunning.com/ Jessica @ rerunrunni

    Maple cream cheese frosting?!? Amazing! These look do cute and scrumptious… And even worth the mess.

  • http://www.rerunrunning.com/ Jessica @ rerunrunni

    Maple cream cheese frosting?!? Amazing! These look do cute and scrumptious… And even worth the mess.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02313501018564743228 Hank Christy

    Just came out of the oven at 2:05 am. My mom and I make pumpkin roll every year. Secret recipe. No one has ours mastered. These cupcakes are going to work with me tomorrow. Trying to get a promotion once I turn 18 in October.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02313501018564743228 Hank Christy

    Just came out of the oven at 2:05 am. My mom and I make pumpkin roll every year. Secret recipe. No one has ours mastered. These cupcakes are going to work with me tomorrow. Trying to get a promotion once I turn 18 in October.