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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

My family always asks for these cupcakes once fall starts. We just love the flavors of cinnamon and cloves—the shining stars in this dessert. —Melissa Story, Trego, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups mashed cooked or canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • CINNAMON-CLOVE BUTTERCREAM:
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the pumpkin, sugars, applesauce, oil, eggs and egg whites until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cloves; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture until blended.
  • Fill 20 foil-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, beat butter and shortening until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon and cloves; beat until smooth. Spread over cupcakes; sprinkle with walnuts.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 341 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 301mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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