Monday, November 12, 2012

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

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My co-worker, Pat loves pumpkin, so I made these cupcakes for her birthday last week.
She is super sweet and I appreciate all she does for me!

The chocolate drizzle adds just the right touch and makes the cupcake taste kind of like a
pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. 

Make some for someone sweet in your life :)

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

1 box spice cake mix
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup oil
4 eggs
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place liners into cupcake pan.
Sift cake mix and spices into a large mixing bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and mix with an electric mixer until combined.  Using a large cookie scoop, drop batter into cupcake liners.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting:

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1-2 T heavy cream or milk

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla for 2-3 minutes on med-high speed.  Lower the speed and add the cinnamon and milk. Beat for another 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy. Frost cooled cupcakes.  (I use a Wilton 1M tip to frost my cupcakes)
For fudge drizzle - Pour 1/2 to 3/4 cup of hot fudge sauce (I use Hershey's) into a bowl and microwave for about 15-20 seconds.  Pour it into a Wilton plastic bottle with tip.  Let it cool for about 5 minutes before drizzling over cupcakes.

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