Day 125 – Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

3 Dec

You didn’t think those Thanksgiving flavors could stay away too long, right?  I mean, aren’t they really closely related to all winter/holiday flavors?  I thought so.

So, just in case you didn’t get enough pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, I decided we needed to try these Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes (recipe below from une-deux senses).  (PS – This is the most interesting take on a pumpkin pie in cupcake form that I’ve EVER seen!

Cinnamon-Cupcake     Mini-Cinnamon-Cupcake

The cupcakes are extremely dense and a little dry.  They have a really nice cinnamon taste. The graham cracker at the bottom gives it just a little added crunch.

Pumpkin-Pie-Frosting

The frosting is a pie consistency, very thick, but smooth. I scraped back the top dark brown layer, so that the frosting was all the same color.  It tastes like just the pumpkin pie filling. Surprisingly strong, considering there are other things in it.

Pumpkin-Pie-Cupcake     Mini-Pumpkin-Pie-Cake

The frosting is still the shining star of the this cupcake, but the graham cracker counteracts the frosting a little for flavor. The cupcake itself offers a nice palate for the frosting. I might prefer it with less or no graham cracker base.  Or the cupcake-graham-cracker combination with a different frosting…

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 4 (the whole process isn’t hard, but it is a little more time-consuming than usual.)
  • TOTAL: 17

RECIPE

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes (recipe from une-deux senses)

For the cupcakes:
1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 cups sugar
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
1/2 cup milk, divided
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
For the graham cracker crust:
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp light brown sugar
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
For the pumpkin pie frosting:
2 large eggs, beaten
1 can (16 oz.) pureed pumpkin
2 tbsp molasses
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tbsp flour
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk

For directions visit une-deux senses.

*Tomorrow: Dulce de Leche Cupcakes*

2 Responses to “Day 125 – Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes”

  1. everybodylovespretty December 3, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    ‘Tis the season for everything pumpkin! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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