Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Icing

You guys. It’s the second most wonderful time of the year!

PUMPKIN SPICE SEASON

Last year I bought the Costco pack of organic pumpkin puree, and based on how September has gone thus far, I’m going to need to stock up again this year. I know a lot of folks think this whole pumpkin spice thing is overrated, overdone, overblown, but I just can’t help myself. As soon as the air gets crisp and the leaves start to crunch, the pumpkin obsession stirs within me and there’s nothing I can do about it.

…OK maybe it’s not quite that bad. But it’s close. I knew I was ready for fall when I went through and sniffed the entire autumn themed line of wax melt air fresheners at the hardware store. Twice. Three times on the Pumpkin Pie and Spiced Cider varieties.

Lucky for me, one of my coworkers shares my pumpkin love, and requested a pumpkin spice treat for her birthday, so I didn’t even have to think of an excuse to make these.

Pumpkin cupcakes with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Icing #fall #pumpkinspice

These are basically autumn in cupcake form – cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, brown sugar, maple syrup, and pumpkin – all in one cupcake. If I could work apples in there we’d be set! I don’t want to toot my own horn, but one of my coworkers IMed me to say ” THIS IS THE BEST CUPCAKE I HAVE EATEN” and I believe her, though I may amend it to best autumn cupcake.

The cake recipe has been one of my go-tos since I found the recipe in the Martha Stewart Halloween Special Edition back in 2004. Does anyone else keep those? I recycle most of my magazines, but there’s just something about Martha that makes me keep hers around! It really bums me out that they don’t publish Halloween special editions anymore, they were so great! The Christmas ones too!

Anyway, enough about Martha. Back to the fabulous cupcakes – they’re dense and moist, almost a little muffiny, with a distinct pumpkin spicecake flavor.  They could easily go without icing, or even just a light dusting of sugar, but I went full-autumn (that’s a thing now) and made a lovely cream cheese frosting. The predominant flavor in the icing is cinnamon, with just a hint of pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar to complement the spicecakiness of the cupcakes. I garnished these with a generous sprinkle of saigon cinnamon, but festive sprinkles or perhaps a tiny marzipan pumpkin would look adorable as well.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Icing

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Icing

Ingredients

    Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • 2 c ultragrain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 c packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1 c salted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 eggs, large
  • 15oz pumpkin puree
    Cinamon-Brown Sugar Icing
  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4-6 c powdered sugar

Instructions

Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients, and mix until smooth. Stir in pumpkin puree.
  • Divide batter into lined cupcake tins, filling each about halfway. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until test done with toothpick.
  • Cinamon-Brown Sugar Icing
  • Cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in brown sugar, vanilla, spices, and maple syrup until fully incorporated. Gradually add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.
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    These were much more successful than my previous baking excursion at the new house. I honestly think part of the problem was that I was so stressed out and distracted that the quality of my baked goods suffered, but everything is better now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! The old house will be on the market as of this weekend, and then we can start getting settled and back to some semblance of normalcy.

    Speaking of, anyone want to buy my house? She’s a beaut! ^_^
    old-house


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    Comments: 16

    1. Sarah @ 12 Twenty Seven September 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm Reply

      These sound absolutely amazing! I am also a huge fan of pumpkin despite the hype so I say “PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!”

      • Leesha September 24, 2014 at 10:19 am Reply

        TEAM PUMPKIN!! 🙂

    2. Jenna @ A Savory Feast September 24, 2014 at 9:48 am Reply

      Mmmm, this sounds amazing! I love anything pumpkin. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Fall Welcome Week.

      • Leesha September 24, 2014 at 10:18 am Reply

        Thanks, and thanks for hosting!!

    3. Cathy September 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm Reply

      I love anything pumpkin and add some cinnamon and I can’t turn it down. These look amazing . Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

      • Leesha September 24, 2014 at 3:49 pm Reply

        Thanks! Let me know if you try them – you won’t be disappointed!

        Thanks for hosting such a great party – I’ll definitely be back next week!

    4. Stephanie September 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm Reply

      This looks so yummy! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

      • Leesha October 2, 2014 at 9:46 pm Reply

        Thanks, and thanks for hosting!!

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    8. Lou Lou Girls September 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm Reply

      This looks so good! I’m drooling right now. Pinned. We had so much fun partying with you at our last party. We hope to see you tonight’s party at 7 pm. We love to see what you have been working on! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
      Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

      • Leesha October 2, 2014 at 9:46 pm Reply

        Thanks! Love your party – already looking forward to next week! 🙂 🙂

    9. Sarah @ 2paws Designs October 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm Reply

      Wowzers those look amazing! Pinning the recipe to try later. I’m not a big pumpkin fan, but have a craving for pumpkin cake or muffins or bread or (well, clearly anything carb related!) each October. Thanks for sharing your recipe. 🙂

      • Leesha October 22, 2014 at 11:08 am Reply

        Thanks! Please let me know if you try them! 🙂

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