Friday, October 22, 2010

The Best Pumpkin Cupcakes On Planet Earth

Oh my goodness!  I found a recipe for pumpkin cupcakes at Taste of Home, and I was fascinated by the adorable pumpkin topper, but the second little tidbit is the cupcake is de-lic-ious!  I have nothing more to say!  Well, other than providing the recipe, it won't be the last time I bake up these little beauties! 
Pumpkin Cupcake Ingredients (makes 21)
2 c. sugar, 3/4 c. canola oil, 1 (15 oz) can solid-packed pumpkin, 4 eggs, 2 c. flour, 2 t. baking soda, 1 t. salt, 1 t. baking powder, 1 t. cinnamon
Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe
1.  Combine sugar, oil, pumpkin, eggs.  Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, gradually add to pumpkin mix and beat until well mixed. 
2.  Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.  Bake at 350 for 18 minutes (until toothpick in the center comes up clean). 
3.  Cool, and then carve out the middle of the pumpkin with a knife. 
Filling Ingredients
1 T. cornstarch, 1 c. milk, 1/2 c. shortening, 1/4 c. butter (softened), 2 c. confectioners' sugar, 1/2 t. vanilla, pretzel stick (optional)
Filling Instructions1.  Combine cornstarch and milk in a saucepan until smooth.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. 
2.  In a large bowl, cream shortening, butter, and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in vanilla.  Add cornstarch mix gradually.  Beat until smooth (I added at least another c. of powdered sugar because mine was really runny, and I added another 1/2 t. of vanilla.  It never did get very fluffy, but it was yummy.  It was fine for this cupcake b/c it's rest in the center like a filling, and hardens a little overnight.  I thought about trying a cream cheese frosting, but in the end, I think this light icing is right for these yummy cupcakes, and it's even better after resting.  Desserts don't get to rest often in my house.). 
3.  Spoon filling into pumpkins. 
4.  Add pretzel stick to the top for the 'pumpkin stem,' and replace over filling. 
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MommyTopics.com said...

I keep seeing these pumpkin cupcakes linked up at the parties where I've been linking up my pumpkin cupcakes! :) I had to come check yours out! They sound DELICIOUS!!! I grew my own pumpkins this year and I'm looking for pumpkin recipes to start baking with in November. I'll definitely have to add these to the list! I love the idea of the filling and the topper.

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Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Oh, YUM - those look great!
-Trish

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

These are so fun! I don't like pumpkin pie, but do like it in things like cookies and breads. I've never heard of putting it in cupcakes before now though. AND that filling!!! Thanks for coming to A Crafty Soiree and sharing:) I hope you'll come back next week too, we love to see all your yummy baked treats!

malia said...

These look great! Send one over (-:

melissafox said...

My mouth is watering!:) YUM!!!