Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pumpkin-Spice Cupcakes with Mascarpone-Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin-Spice Cupcakes & Mascarpone-Cream Cheese Frosting

*adapted from a From Smitten Kitchen recipe

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup Raw Sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups All-Purpose flour
1 teaspoon Vanilla

2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk mixed
1 1/4 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin

1 -8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 -8 ounce container Mascarpone cheese at room temperature

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
¼ cup Honey

1. Preheat the oven to 350°.

2. In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt,  into a medium bowl.

3. Add the eggs 1 at a time to the mixer, scraping down the sides after each addition. Alternately add the flour and milk mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat in the pumpkin until smooth. Scoop the batter among the cupcake liners — you’re looking to get them 3/4 full. Rap the filled pans once on the counter to release any air bubbles. Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool the cupcakes on racks completely.


  1. These look fabulous! I can't believe it's fall already. But, these cupcakes are sure to get me in the fall mood

  2. Thanks Steph! It is Fall. It was 33 this morning, brrr. If you make the icing, you'll have to play with it a little. I actually added rum to mine.

  3. It still is 80 or more degrees here so I am still waiting for it to be cool. I am also waiting to see a pumpkin at the grocers! These cupcakes look delicious and I am all for the addition of the rum in the icing. Yum!

  4. @Tina..Like I always say..."Rum is YUM"!

  5. Yum yum!! Like Tina, it is still 85 degrees where I live, but I'm officially declaring it fall in our home by lighting lots of pumpkin and fall-scented candles! These pumpkin cupcakes look fabulous and that frosting sounds so awesome!

  6. These cupcakes are adorable! Pumpkin flavored anything is great and I love that you used mascarpone in the frosting.. i'll have to try that out! thanks for sharing!

  7. super cute and super deeelish! love the candy corn on top!

  8. What a great cupcake! They look so delicious. I would really like to just eat the frosting right out of the bowl.

  9. Wow these are adorable! Perfect for fall. Yum that icing sounds amazing! So glad I found your blog... I'm loving your recipes like your salted caramel sauce and eggnog ice cream. I am your newest GFC follower :)


  10. @Desi-Thanks for joining as my newest member. I checked out your blog as well...majorly cute! Welcome.

  11. These look so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.