Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes by Alicia of The Baker Upstairs for I Heart Naptime
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Who else is excited for fall? As soon as I send the kids back to school, I start dreaming about crisp autumn days, warm hot chocolate, fuzzy sweaters, and pumpkin everything! These pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting are the perfect fall dessert. They’re easy to make (you don’t even need a mixer!) and are full of delicious pumpkin flavor.

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The pumpkin makes these cupcakes super moist and tender, and the sweet maple cream cheese frosting is the perfect complement to the subtle spice of the cupcakes. My kids were happy to get in the kitchen and help me make these, and I love that the recipe is simple enough that they can help! I think their favorite part was definitely sampling the frosting, but they both really enjoyed the cupcakes as well.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Light and tender pumpkin spice cupcakes with a rich and sweet maple cream cheese frosting.

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

for the cupcakes:
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs

for the cinnamon cream cheese frosting:
8 tablespoons butter, softened
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
4 cups powdered sugar (more as needed)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons maple extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with paper liners. Whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, sugar, canola oil, and eggs, and mix until well blended. Mix in the flour mixture until combined. Scoop into prepared muffin tin, filling 1/2 - 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove and let cool on a rack.

For the frosting, beat together the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar slowly and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and maple extract. If necessary, add more powdered sugar until the frosting is firm enough to hold its shape but still light and fluffy. Frost the cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

adapted from Savor Home

We decorated our cupcakes using the We Made It by Jennifer Garner Cupcake Gifting Set, available at Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores. This fun little kit comes with everything you need to make cupcakes extra special, including baking cups, cupcake pennants, gift boxes, and fun scratch art tags with stencils for the gift boxes.

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My kids were really excited to put the cute pennants in the cupcakes. I helped them carefully wrap the stickers around the wooden picks, and they stuck them in the cupcakes. Super cute!

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We also had some fun with the scratch art. I love how bright and colorful it is! My eight year old and I were able to come up with some really fun designs.

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The gift boxes were easy to assemble. I lined the bottom of the box with a bright napkin to make it a little more festive, and we packaged up some cupcakes for our friends.

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My daughter stenciled and decorated this cupcake for the front of the box, and we were all set!

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Our friends loved their sweet surprise, and we had a fun afternoon working in the kitchen and making cupcakes together!

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Jo-Ann’s. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep I Heart Naptime going. 

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We used a small cookie scoop to put these on the griddle and cooked them over medium-low heat. Then once they were cooled, we put them on the skewers and put on our favorite toppings. Strawberries and bananas are our favorite fruit to add but you could add any fruit that you like!

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Once you’ve made your kabob, drizzle it with your favorite syrup. We love the new Hungry Jack Original Syrup and ability to microwave it. Nothing better than warm syrup!

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To make these, you’ll need:

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Instructions:

  1. Cut out all the printables with scissors.
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I hope that my kids will eventually like to eat green foods, but for now this works great! I don’t ever remember hating any food except onions…and I still hate them so I will probably never outgrow that. My mom has horror stories of me picking out the tiniest minced onions so maybe I’m getting what I deserve.

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Hope you enjoy these free printables! My kids sure loved them!

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