Probably one of my favorite cupcakes. I’m a chocolate lover inside and out, but these little beauties are flat out amazing. You’ll find the cake to be moist with a velvety texture. A twist of orange cuts the pumpkin and leaves a light flavor not too heavy. Just the right amount of spices. With fall knocking at the back door this recipe will get you in the mood. A wonderful recipe for a cake as well. I usually pair them with a simple cream cheese frosting and add a touch of orange zest, then finish it off with a light sanding of cinnamon sugar. You could use vanilla buttercream if you want, which ever you prefer.
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (best you can find)
3/4 teaspoon orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
Cream Cheese Frosting
Cinnamon sugar for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and continue mixing for 3 minutes. Add vanilla, orange juice, and zest, beat to combine. Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour. Add pumpkin and mix until incorporated.
- Pour or scoop batter into papered cupcake pans and fill 3/5 full. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely;y and remove from pans. Frost with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting below.
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
1 lb. soft butter unsalted (4 sticks)
1 lb. powdered sugar sifted
1 lb. cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract(best you can find)
Zest of 1 orange
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, vanilla, zest, and cream cheese until light and fluffy on medium speed. About 3 minutes. Slowly add powdered sugar. Blend until all the lumps are gone. Mix at high-speed for about 3 more minutes. Put frosting in a piping bag and frost away………. Finish with a little cinnamon sugar.
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