Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Maple Frosting

The season of fall is here!

Credit:  www.browneyedbaker.com with a twist

Total: 1 hr
Bake: 18 min
Servings: 12 cupcakes


Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:

1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
¾ cup canned pumpkin
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons pure maple syrup, more to taste
Pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar


Directions:


Cupcakes:
Make the Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, both sugars and the vegetable oil until completely combined, making sure to break up any chunks of brown sugar so no lumps remain. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Add the flour mixture in two additions, folding with a rubber spatula until no flour pockets remain.

Divide the batter between the baking cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes.

Allow to cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Make the Frosting:
With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cream cheese, vanilla and salt and continue to beat for an additional 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the powdered sugar gradually and mix until smooth and combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

Frosting the cupcakes to your liking. I cut the frosting recipe in half as we are not huge frosting people. If you LOVE frosting, double the frosting recipe!


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