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Friday, September 25, 2009

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Frosting - Foodie Friday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Contrary to rumor, I don't travel with my KitchenAid mixer. When we're camping or visiting places where there are no restaurants, I arm myself with simple recipes that can be prepared in minutes with nothing more sophisticated than a wooden spoon. I've made these cupcakes for years. They're simple enough for a child to prepare and they're perfect for fall. The aroma of these cakes baking perfumes the kitchen with the scents of Island spices and the promise of a Thanksgiving yet to come. I think you like these. They're a cake type muffin that's made less pedestrian with a wonderful cream cheese frosting. Here's the recipe.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Frosting
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
Cake
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 can (15-oz.) pumpkin puree
Frosting
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 to 1 teaspoon maple extract
2 tablespoons milk or pure maple syrup
4 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
2) Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice in a medium bowl.
3) Combine eggs, and sugar in another medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Add milk, butter and pumpkin puree; mix with whisk or wooden spoon until smooth. Add flour mixture and beat until combined. Fill prepared muffin cups with batter.
4) Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 1 minute. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.
5) While cakes are baking, place cream cheese, milk or maple syrup and maple extract in a bowl. Beat till combined. Gradually add confectioners' sugar until smooth and creamy. Add more milk or syrup if frosting is too stiff to spread.
6) Frost cakes and garnish as desired.

This recipe is being linked to Designs By Gollum - Foodie Friday

65 comments:

heartnsoulcooking said...

GREAT!!! recipe for pumpkin cupcakes and I really like this frosting. Cream cheese frosting is always YUMMY!!! THANKS!!! Geri

CC said...

Ooooooo yummmmm. This recipe sounds wonderful, and since my husband loves anything maple, I just have to try these. Thanks so much for the recipe and all the inspiration you give us.

Maria Killam said...

Wow your header is so amazing, I'm wondering how I could include it in a post on my blog (mentioning yours of course!!)
Thanks for your comment today!

Pauline said...

Cupcakes are always pretty easy to make. I usually do things without the electric whisk. It seems like more fun when you have to put more work to stirring up the batter than just holding the mixing machine over it.

I <3 pumpkin! I can see you are already rolling in to the Fall season!

Regina said...

Another yummy one. Thanks

Joy said...

Mmm. One perfect bite! Each.

My Little Space said...

I'm drooling**I love the topping and I love the look. It's perfect!

Cottage Sisters said...

This sounds wonderful and would be perfect for a Halloween party. Love the photo too! Denise

. said...

Oh, I must try.
Alfazema

The Blonde Duck said...

We're having a halloween party for work and this is what I'm making!!!

Joyce said...

I am laughing that you say you do not travel with your Kitchenaid:) I copied your recipe for my cooking group to try next month. I went to buy Pumpkin this week and my market said they will not stock it until October which I found so strange? I was hoping to make a bread pudding for his Sunday for my company but no such luck.
Joyce

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

It's early. Hubby still home before setting off to work. We both said, "Yum!" These are a weekend to do. THIS weekend!

Hootin' Anni said...

Well, I gotta say this....it'll definitely be a PERFECT BITE making these for my dear man. AND me!!!

Hope your weekend will treat you well Mary.

Haden News said...

Mary these look wonderful! Thanks for another great recipe.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, I can smell fall right through the screen. Delish!

Allie said...

These look so wonderful!! Your photo looks like an advertisement and let me tell you I'm sold!!

Mary said...

Oh my goodness, I'll bet these DO smell so good when they're cooking and that frosting! Love it!!

food with style said...

yum yum yum... i am making maple salmon for dinner tonight, i think i need to divert that over to frosting!

sourcreamandjam said...

Oh, I am so glad that pumpkin season has arrived! Recipes like this make it even better.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I know my family would love these beautiful and delicious looking cupcakes.

Thanks so much!:-)

Cathy said...

We're on the same wave length, Mary. I just made a pumpkin pie. Fall is definitely in the year.

Michelle said...

The Maple Cream Frosting sounds just delicious!

Mary said...

Thank you Mary!
I'm going to make these this weekend with my kids.
Have a wonderful Friday!
Mary :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

These sound wonderful, Mary! I love the idea of the maple cream frosting - Mmmmmm, fall!

Southerncook said...

Mary,

These look wonderful and I MUST make these soon. Thanks for posting it. BTW, I am making the hummus you posted recently over the weekend. I love a good hummus and that recipe sounded great.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Mary said...

Carolyn, I think you'll like the hummus. The folks at Serious Eats featured it earlier in the week. I was thrilled. Try to make it the day before you serve it.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Mary, thanks so much for your advise about my scones. I will try that.

The Amish always make pumpkin and cream cheese goodies available at local farmer's markets. Now I can make my own. I will make these soon for sure. Thanks, again.

Rain on the Lake said...

Oh my goodness, now THAT'S what I'm talking about! There's nothing I love quite like fall flavors, and that photo makes those cupcakes look to-die-for!

Would you believe that I have been to the grocery store three times now and I have yet to find either pumpkin puree or pumpkin pie filling? Every time I go there is a sign that says "coming soon". Not soon enough!

the ungourmet said...

These are adorable! I love pumpkin cupcakes!

Catherine said...

Your blog looks both tempting and healthy...thank you for visiting my blog. I will be back and hope you do the same! Happy Eating & Blogging! :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hello Sweet Friend,
Thanks for stopping by. I so love this recipe. It sounds so yummy for the tummy. This is one I am saving. Right up my alley. Thank you sweetie.

You asked about Amy's Dr.s and suggestions. They checked them out of the hospital, and have never heard from them again. They sent her home to die, with nothing.
My Moma and Daddy did purchase one of those air mattresses that the air goes up and down throughout the body, changing locations to keep the body off the hard mattress. Even with that your body breaks down over time. Hospice has helped with what they can. They are making sure she has meds and is comfortable. The Dr.s didn't even tell them what to do if the tumor breaks open or what to do when she passes. Hopsice told them. They have been a big help to Debbie and family. I wish I could say the same for the Dr.s, but not so. They didn't even tell them that eventually the tumor would get so large that it would start pushing her trach. out making it near impossible for her to breathe. Don't you think these things would be of importance? I sure do.

I am leaving Wednesday for Oklahoma. It is time to go. I will be there for 17 days. I am hoping to be of some help along the way.

Talk to you soon my friend. Take care. Country hugs, Sherry

Alea said...

Pumpkin is very popular at our house! I am going to make these to pack in my daughter's lunch!

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

oh yum, i love how the frosting has maple syrup!! This sounds so good.

Debbie said...

Pumpkin cupcakes sound perfect for this time of year. The frosting sounds wonderful with the maple extract!

Lori E said...

Simple enough for a child eh? I might try them. Maple is one of my favorite flavorings.

Melodie said...

My Goodness these look and sound amazing! As soon as I run out of desserts in my house I'm onto these ones! (We have lots of leftovers sweets from daughter's birthday party).

Lisa said...

The perfect fall treat. I like your family pictures you have up!

Velva said...

Oh my! These cupcakes look divine! What a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi said...

Oh these are a wonderful idea, I can't wait to try it out. It would be lovely for my little girls sleepover.

Blessings,
Heidi

Charlotte said...

Those cupcakes look soooo good and sound even better when you describe them. A real autumn treat I would say.
Charlotte

honeysuckle said...

As always your food and your pictures are perfect. Thanks for this scrumptious recipe!

manker said...

thanx for stopping inn :) I just love, love love candy corns..

this is a must try
happy FF
gp

lk - healthy delicious said...

oh hell yes!!!

Mary said...

lk - your secret's safe with us :-).

Pam said...

This sounds wonderful! I love pumpking and maple together. My kids would really enjoy these too.

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

Yum! I love baking with pumpkin, and the cream cheese maple frosting sounds fantastic!

Elaine said...

Mmmm... your cupcake recipe befits the season. :)

A Year on the Grill said...

MAPLE CREAM FROSTING... Fall is here

Katy ~ said...

I am so going to make these. Visiting with friends next month and will make these as a take-along!!

The Tablescaper said...

These look absolutely delicious. I can't wait to try them.

- The Tablescaper

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Wow, these look and sound fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recipe. You are amazing!

Jane

Martha said...

Ah, Mary-- pumpkin says fall as much as ginger . . . these look yummy and I love your decorations.

Bella said...

Oh, those sound delicious. I do love pumpkin flavored bake goods. Thanks for the recipe.

Helene said...

What a great recipe, they are look so yummy. I love anything with pumpkin.

Debinhawaii said...

So fun and festive! Love the frosting!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Mary, this one I can taste right now!!! I'm making this so soon! Have a happy day and thank you for your sweet comment and support.

Lemondrop Marie said...

These may be the most incredibly gorgeous cupcakes I have ever seen, I am sure they are equally delicious.

Dolly said...

Mmmmmm.... sounds wonderful!

Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugz,
Dolly

Jennifer said...

I LOVE pumpkin muffins! Cute presentation!

Lori said...

Deeee licious! I love anything pumpkin really.

Mary- have you ever thought of selling your photos on your site. They are amazingly beautiful.

Foley said...

These will be perfect for thanksgiving - I always like to make something new and different for the dessert tray and these will be front and center - Thanks so much!!

Zupan's Markets said...

We'd love to serve these fall-flavored treats at a pumpkin carving party. Something tells us they'd be gone faster than you can say, "trick-or-treat!"

CJF said...

These look great! I'm going to try the recipe tonight. Are cloves one of the ingredients, though? It's not listed as an ingredient, but then in step 2 it says "nutmeg, cloves and allspice". I'm just going to skip them for now, and I bet they'll taste great anyhow :-)

Mary said...

Hi, CJF.

I removed cloves from the ingredient list because I thought they made the cakes too bitter. I neglected to remove it from the instructions. I'll remedy that immediately. Thank you for pointing that out to me.

Mary

Saltbox Pickets said...

What a wonderful recipe, and what a beautiful blog Mary!! I'll be back again and again! I was in the restaurant business and I was a professional cook/caterer for many years. Now painting takes up most of my time, but I still love to cook and feeding family and friends is one of my greatest passions. I'm sure your blog will come in very, very handy!!

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