Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
recipe from Skinnytaste
Friends, these cupcakes will change your life. I promise. I am a known lover of all things pumpkin and cream cheese. Combine the two and its just over for me.
Pardon the poor frosting job, I thought it was a good time to practice my piping skills. This is a very simple recipe that is full of flavor. I think I ate
four..ok, maybe five of them over the weekend. I brought the rest to work and got great reviews. Best of all, the recipe came from Gina at Skinnytaste. She has a wonderful gift of creating lighter versions of the foods we love, without loosing any flavor.
I filled my cupcake pans up a little less than what the recipe indicates, and got 26 cupcakes. I also doubled my frosting ingredients so I had enough frosting for them all. The measurements below are for 24 cupcakes and 1 batch of frosting. I have to add that they cupcakes are great without frosting. They are incredibly moist and have all the yummy flavors of fall. Gina estimated the cupcakes alone (just 1 cupcake, no frosting) have 84.2 calories. With frosting? ONLY 121.1 calories. Yes, you read right.
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Combine cake mix and pumpkin spice in a large bowl.
Add pumpkin puree and water, mix about 2 minutes.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes. My oven is weird in that it always takes the longest of the suggested range.
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If you aren't sure if they are ready to come out, insert a toothpick into the middle of one. If it comes out clean, take them out!
Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting: