Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

I am happy to join Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage today for a new party she will host weekly, called Home.  

Home is a new party to share what you do to make your home the heart of your environment.   
One thing I try to do, is cook to the kid's taste.  They are not that easy to please on a weekly basis; as many mothers know and struggle with this.  But, this week I hit a home run, so to speak, with these cupcakes.  I was looking through a cookbook and one of my sons picked it up and said he would like it if I made something like this cupcake.  He thought it would taste good.  I made them and took it one step beyond the recipe by looking up a vintage recipe from the 1920's that made the cupcakes from scratch.   I have here two versions of the recipe a modern version that is semi-homemade and the original recipe that I have modified to make these cupcakes.
These cupcakes would make a nice treat for Trick-or-Treaters you know or just for your family at this time of the year.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (Easy)

18 1/4 oz. pkg. of spice cake mix 
15 oz. can of pumpkin
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil 
1/3 cup of water
16 oz. container of cream cheese frosting

Combine cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, and oil in a large bowl.  Blend with an electric mixer on medium speed for two minutes.  Spoon batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each 3/4's full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove and cool completely.  Spread cupcakes with frosting.

Yield: 2 dozen

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (from scratch)

2 cups plus 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1/3 cup of oil
1/3 cup of water
15 oz. can of pumpkin
16. oz. container of cream cheese frosting

In a large bowl mix flour, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and baking soda then  set aside.  With an electric mixer cream brown sugar, oil, and water.  Add eggs in one at a time mixing well.  Add pumpkin and mix well.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend on medium speed for 2 minutes or until batter is smooth.  Spoon batter into 18 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each 3/4's full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove and cool completely.  Spread cupcakes with frosting.

Yield: 18

In both recipes I just used ready-made frosting.  Most things I like to make from scratch to eliminate as many preservatives as I can.  So, did the kids appreciate them?  I hear this is their new favorite cupcake and they are ready for me to make another batch already.  Cooking for the children and getting this kind of reaction is one thing that makes my Home.   


I will link this to: 
Home at Rose Chintz Cottage
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
On the Menu Monday at Stonegable 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
A Pinteresting Party  at Tutus & Tea Parties


Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Mmm... love everything pumpkin!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

They look delish, I know hubby would love them:)

Blondie's Journal said...

I love a shortcut with baking! I made some of these cupcakes last week and they were a big hit! The house smelled nice, too!


Our Neck of the Woods said...

Delicious! Thanks for sharing both the easy and made from scratch recipes. :)

Cranberry Morning said...

There's nothing like the aroma of pumpkin spice in the house!

Gail said...

Sherry, they not only look good but sound delicious! I'm pinning this recipe! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

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Terri said...

Hello Sherry,
Your muffins looks so delicious! I can't imagine of a better smell in autumn than pumpkin spice! Pumpkin pie is my very favorite, so I am thinking I would love these muffins as well. Thank you so much for sharing how you warm your home up : )

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Uhmm! These look so good! What a good momma!

Diane Porazzo @ babiesbridesandlavender.etsy.com said...

Those cupcakes look so yummy. It's fun baking when the weather is cooler this time of year. Pumpkin is so good!

Pam said...

Hi Sherry, love how easy these cupcakes look. I adore pumpkin anything and these look and sound wonderful. Thanks so much for giving out the yummy recipe! xo's Pam

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe! Spice cake mix is the only cake mix I don't like and I had just found a recipe for spice cake/pumpkin cupcakes along with a yummy icing the other day. I knew I'd make the icing, but would have to find a cupcake recipe and here it is! Yeah!
Frosting for Spice Cake Cupcakes (if you're interested)
1 stick butter, 8 oz. cream cheese, 1 lb. confectioner's sugar, 1 t maple extract

Chenille Cottage said...

Oh...My! Your pumpkin cupcakes look so delicious...and, now I know just what I will make for my hubby's birthday! I'll just add an orange candle to each and whallah.
Thanks so much for the inspiration!
I, too, am happy to join in Sandi's new blog party.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Sherry these look SO good! I love the fact that you provided both options -- I too like to bake from scratch but we don't always have time for it.

Beth said...

Sherry, Your cupcakes look delightful! I've been making lots of pumpkin dishes lately. It just seems like the thing to do in fall!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Sherry,
Your pumpkin muffins sound fabulous! I love anything pumpkin and cream cheese icing just tops them off perfectly. Great idea sharing both recipes too. I usually bake from scratch but once in a while it's good to have a quick method when you're in a hurry.
I really appreciate your linking up with me and being such an encouragement. Thank you too for helping me with the spam thing. So far, so good! :)


Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

These look and sound divine! I love anything with pumpkin! :)

Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

This recipe is just what I needed! My sons love spice cake and I always just used a Duncan Hines Cake mix ...it appears from my local grocery shelves that they are not producing this mix anymore. I was just telling a coworker the other day that I'll have to find a good from-scratch recipe for a spice cake and just a few days later, here it is. Pumpkin plus spice? Can't ask for more! :)

Unknown said...

Yum! These sound SO GOOD!!! I am obsessed with pumpkin right now - thanks for sharing!


Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl said...

Yum! I found you through Here's to Handy Andy. I would love for you to come share at my Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-6.html Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily

Anne Birdsong said...

Hi Sherry, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from the Pinteresting Party.

You know, I think I had these at a party once, and I've been dying to make them on my own. Now I can give it a try!

Anyway, thanks for posting this. I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Sherry, Thanks so much for sharing this delicious pumpkin recipe on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Always love having you visit with your wonderful recipes and photos! Happy Halloween!