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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Even though this is a blog about cooking, my first post is about BAKING!  Shout out to my buddy Tanu for the recipe.

1. Pumpkin Cupcakes!

Here’s the recipe as given:

  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 cup of All Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ cup of Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp of Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp of Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp of Salt

First mix the sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin, and then mix in the rest.  I added extra pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon because I’m a fiend for that shit.  This is a delicious tasting batter and I kind of want to just drink it.

Fill each cup in a 12 cupcake tray about 3/4 full, then bake at 350° for about 20 minutes until your toothpick comes out clean.  Mine took between 21 and 23 minutes.

Wait for them to cool completely before you frost them with…

2. Cream Cheese Frosting! (make it an hour before you frost the cupcakes)

Here’s the recipe for the frosting as given:

  • 4 oz of Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp of Milk
  • 4 cups of Confectioner Sugar

Stir up the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until its smooth.  I give it a few quick shots in the microwave to soften it up so it would mix without having huge chunks of butter in it.  Once that’s good, add sugar.

So far I’ve added about 2 cups of sugar and it’s already way too fucking sweet (but in a good way), so I don’t think I can add any more sugar with a clear conscience.  But it’s really just up to you, so start small and add more until you get it where you want it.

Last, add the milk.  Put it in the refrigerator for an hour to firm it up.

3. Frost it!

Now that your cupcakes are cooled and your frosting is chilled, pop in on them ‘cakes! If you’re pro, use one of those bags with a starshaped tip and squeeze it onto the cupcakes to make them look really cute.  If you’re like me, use a spoon and knife or something and plop it on any way you can.

Hot diggity, those are some good cupcakes.  And don’t they look good too?