Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Jane Bruce

Pumpkin Cupcakes

While for many people, the coming of autumn means fall foliage, comfy sweaters, and hot apple cider, to me the changing of the season means one thing: it's pumpkin time! Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors, and when the weather cools, it's time to incorporate it into as many dishes as possible.

These cupcakes are a tasty way to welcome the chilly temperatures. The cake is moist and not too sweet and the decadent maple cream cheese frosting is homey and delicious. And that little crumble of Heath bar on top just takes them over the edge. Whip up these cupcakes for a taste of fall's best flavors all in one bite.

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Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 1  Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1  Teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1  Teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • eggs, at room temperature
  • 1  Cup  canned pumpkin purée
  • 1/2  Cup  light brown sugar
  • 1/2  Cup  granulated white sugar
  • 1/2  Cup  vegetable oil

For the frosting

  • 8  Ounces  cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2  Cup  unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2  Tablespoon  maple syrup
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 2  Cups  confectioners' sugar
  • Heath bar (or other toffee bar), chopped finely

Directions

For the cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix to combine.

In a larger bowl, add the eggs, pumpkin, sugars, and vegetable oil. Whisk until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir until all combined. 

Divide the batter among 10 prepared cups (batter should go about 3/4 way up the liners). Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

For the frosting

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and butter. Beat together until combined. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated. Add the sugar and mix until smooth.

To frost the cooled cupcakes, place a dollop of frosting on top of each cupcake and work into the desired shape with a knife or pastry spatula. 

Top with the crumbled Heath bar and enjoy!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
30g
43%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
9g
38%
Cholesterol
23mg
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
53g
41%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
206µg
29%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
8mg
11%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
14µg
16%
Calcium, Ca
97mg
10%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
83µg
21%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
44mg
14%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
153mg
22%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
562mg
37%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
46g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pumpkin Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Pumpkin Cooking Tip

Vegetable should typically be cooked as quickly as possible, as they can become bland and mushy, and lose vitamins and minerals.