Tiss the season for pumpkin spice everything! Pumpkin spice coffee, Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin spice bread, and Pumpkin spice cupcakes! Yum! I found this recipe on the Honest Company from Angela Liddon, founder of the Oh She Glows blog, made with wholesome ingredients and seasonal flavors. Enjoy!
HIGH-RISE PUMPKIN CUPCAKES
Makes 12 Cupcakes
2 1/4 cups white flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons natural cane sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin purée
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup grapeseed oil or refined coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Spiced Buttercream Frosting (recipe below)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with oil or line it with nonstick paper liners.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, allspice, and cloves until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin purée, milk, maple syrup, oil, lemon juice, and vanilla until smooth.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined. Stop mixing as soon as there are no dry patches of flour, on the bottom of the bowl; it’s important not to overmix spelt flour as it can result in a dense cupcake. The batter will be quite thick (like a muffin batter), but this is normal.
- Scoop the batter (I like to use a retractable ice cream scoop) into each well of the prepared muffin tin, filling them two-thirds to three-quarters full. Smooth out the tops a bit. Bake for 24 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cupcake comes out clean and the cake springs back—very slowly—when touched. The cupcakes rise beautifully—you might actually scream with joy when you see the beautiful rounded tops!
- Let cool in the pan on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes. Gently transfer the cupcakes to the rack and let cool completely. (Be sure the cupcakes are not warm when you frost them, or the frosting will melt.)
- Frost the cooled cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream Frosting or Orange-Maple Coconut Whipped Cream. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the cupcakes: Place the frosted cupcakes on a plate and freeze, uncovered. Once the frosting has hardened, remove the cupcakes from the freezer and wrap them individually with plastic wrap. Transfer them to an airtight container and freeze for up to 1 month. To thaw, unwrap the cupcake and place it in the fridge or on the counter until thawed throughout.
SPICE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
Makes 1 ¼ cups
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more if needed
1 to 3 teaspoons almond milk, as needed
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon,
or to taste
1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) freshly grated
nutmeg, or to taste
Pinch of fine sea salt
- In a large bowl using electric beaters or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter for about 30 seconds until fluffy and smooth.
- Add the sugar, 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Beat again, starting on low speed and covering the bowl or stand mixer with a tea towel, until smooth and fluffy, stopping to scrape down the bowl as necessary. If your buttercream is still too thick, you can thin it with a touch more milk. If it becomes too thin, you can thicken it by beating in more sugar.
What are some of your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin?