This weekend we will be celebrating my Grandfather’s 90th Birthday and I took on the task of creating the desserts for the event. I wanted to try some new recipes, and work with some flavors that made me think of fall (I’m kind of desperate for fall right now). I whipped up three kinds of cupcakes, Pecan Pie Cupcakes, Snickerdoodle Cupcakes & Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes. Everyone in my house had a different favorite, my husband liked the Pecan Pie ones, my daughter the Snickerdoodle cupcakes and I loved the Pumpkin Pie cupcakes. Today I will share my favorite with you – the Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes.
I was a bit worried that these would simply taste like pumpkin muffins and I was thrilled that they did not. They also really do manage to have a pumpkin pie flavor to them. As I often do with cakes and cupcakes, I started with a cake mix. While I make most things from scratch, most of the time I find that a doctored cake mix cake turns out just as well (if not better) than my homemade cakes.
While these were delicious straight out of the oven, obviously a cupcake needs frosting. I really went back and forth on this, wondering if I should have a pumpkin flavored frosting. I decided to go with a whipped cream style frosting, as that’s what I think of when I think of pumpkin pie. While I usually top my cupcakes with sprinkles, given the special event that these are for, I wanted something a bit different and ended up cutting leaf shapes out of pie crust (the boxed kind you can find in the fridge case at the store).
I found the cookie cutters on Amazon. They are about 1.5-2″ in size and were absolutely perfect for this.
After cutting the leaves out, I placed them on parchment paper. Do NOT skip this step – trust me. I then brushed them with melted butter and sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on them. I baked them for about five minutes – you have to watch them very closely, not a put in the oven and walk away type of thing.
The leaves worked out really well. I may have to try this with other toppings, I love how they turned out.
So yummy. I think these will be come a regular fall cupcake for me.
Here is how to make these. Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes. You can find the mini leaf cutters here!