Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pumpkin Cupcakes

One of my favorite money saving things to do, is roast our jack'o'lanterns from Halloween. It's a perfect way to stock up on pumpkin puree, for the winter. Since we only carve our pumpkins a day before Halloween, I'm not worried about them being un usable. Plus, it's way cheaper than buying canned pumpkin from the store. This year our pumpkins yielded 9C of pumpkin, which is equal to about 5 or so cans of pumpkin.


The most common thing I use pumpkin in is baking, so I thought cupcakes would be a nice change up to muffins, or quick bread. These were SO good. So soft and moist. Sweet, with nice subtle spices and pumpkin flavor. The honey butter frosting added a nice almost savory touch to them. The kids totally went nuts over these. Usually they aren't very big cinnamon and clove fans, but were too good for them to resist.

Pumpkin Cupcakes
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1 egg
2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. sour cream
1 can pumpkin (enough for 1 pie)

1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1/4 c. honey
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbs milk (may need more, or less)

Line muffin tin with liners. Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix egg with butter, pumpkin and sour cream. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture, mixing just to combine.Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together the butter, honey, powdered sugar and cinnamon, until smooth; adding a touch of milk if too thick Let muffins cool completely before frosting. Sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds, if desired.

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Christy said...

What a great frugal idea to save your jack-o-lantern guts for pumpkin puree. And now you have some to make these yummy cupcakes - my kids would love them! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

LoveCupcakes said...

Fresh pumpkin is way better than canned one. You did a great job making those lovely pumpkin cupcakes.

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

My mouth is watering, I absolutely love anything and everything pumpkin, and those look divine. Love that you make your own puree too.

Christina said...

Hey there, stopping on over from What's Cooking Wednesday! I love your photos. The cupcakes look beautiful! I love anything with pumpkin.c

Brenda said...

Oh, these would be good Cindy. Like pumpkin bread, but even better. And frosting......(my favourite part).

HoosierHomemade said...

What a great cupcake! I bet it's super moist too!
Thanks for adding them to Cupcake Tuesday!

Jen said...

That looks fantastic! Thanks for linking up to Made From Scratch Tuesday!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

These look great!

Christy said...

i just think fresh pumpkin is so much better than any you can buy in the store.these cupcakes look incredible and your frosting is to die for! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.