Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

I went to an early Halloween party over this weekend and made these super cute pumpkin cupcakes. They were so moist and delicious and just sweet enough. I found the cupcake decorations at the craft store to make them a more festive treat. These would be very pretty in a pumpkin muffin tin with orange frosting for Thanksgiving or a harvest treat. 

I typically bake cakes from scratch, they often taste better and don't contain trans fats or preservatives. I took a shortcut with this recipe and used a boxed cake mix. It cut down on the prep and clean up time and I was pleasantly surprised with the final result.



Pumpkin Cupcakes: 
1 box of yellow cake mix
1/2 cup skim milk
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1 cup plain canned pumpkin
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 oz lowfat cream cheese
1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions: 
1. Preheat to 350 degrees. 
2. Mix all cupcake ingredients in a large bowl. 
3. Pour batter into cupcake tins (about 2/3 full)
4. Bake for 20 minutes. 
5. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 
6. Beat cream cheese and butter together with an electric beater. Add 1 cup of confectioners sugar, beat with electric beater until combined. Add remaining sugar and vanilla extract. 

Nutrition Facts: 1 cupcake
185 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated), 26 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein, 178 mg sodium


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