Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes

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Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes

This is sort of a two part post. The first today, and the second (apple maple cupcakes) tomorrow morning. They go hand in hand because they are both cupcakes, they are both versions of the same recipe, and they were both part of my Spooky Halloween Dessert Buffet earlier this week, and again on my little tv spot Tuesday.


But where these cupcakes have really starred, is in Pia’s lunchbox over the last few days ☺

These cupcakes are made with my very favorite pumpkin cake recipe baked into perfect little pumpkin cupcakes. I wanted a distinctly autumn butter cream, but wasn’t interested in any of my typical choices.

Perusing the fridge, my eye’s came across divine inspiration in the form of caramel sauce. Creamy, luscious, milky caramel sauce.

I whipped the caramel into my traditional butter cream for something super sweet and decadent, and it turned out to a be a wonderful compliment to the moist pumpkin cupcakes.

Pumpkin Cupcakes, makes 2 dozen
¾ cup butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 ½ cups unsweetened pumpkin
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk

Caramel Buttercream Frosting
½ lb butter
3 ½ cups powdered sugar
¼ cup milk
3 Tbs thick caramel sauce

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare 2 muffin pans with paper liners.

Pumpkin caramel cupcakes

Pumpkin Cake:
1)In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.

2)Add the vanilla and the eggs and beat to combine.

Pumpkin caramel cupcakes

3)Add the pumpkin and combine well. It will look like the batter has curdled, but it is fine!

Pumpkin caramel cupcakes

4)In a separate bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices and sift them all together.

5)Add half of the flour mixture to the batter, and then half of the buttermilk.

Pumpkin caramel cupcakes

6)Combine completely and then add the rest of the flour and the rest of the buttermilk. Mix the batter until it is completely combined.

Pumpkin caramel cupcakes

Pumpkin caramel cupcakes

7)Scoop the batter into the liners and bake them for 22 minutes.

Pumpkin caramel cupcakes

8)Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool on a rack completely.

Pumpkin caramel cupcakes

Caramel Butter Cream:
1)Combine butter and milk and beat them together.

2)Add the powdered sugar gradually and mix until the butter, milk and powdered sugar take on a frosting texture.

3)Add the caramel and combine well.

4)Fill a pastry bag and pipe buttercream, (or spread with a butter knife) onto the top of your cooled cupcakes.



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  1. These sound delightful! I can’t wait to give them a try this weekend!

  2. These are so fun! Love it.

  3. I absolutely love your presentation and the cupcakes sound delicious!

  4. What a fantastic display of cupcakes! Your little one must have been so excited to see these in her lunch box.

  5. All this Halloween and pumpkin baking is putting me in the mood to bake something YUMMY!

  6. You’re such a natural on TV, Heather! Great job on the segment – those glitter spider rings definitely made me rethink those little things. :-) And, of course, fabulous dessert buffet!

  7. Erin says:

    In the oven right now!

  8. Alexis says:

    I made these today and while the cake part is FABULOUS the frosting didn’t work out – it was super runny and just oozed off the cake. I know someone else who made these today as well and she had the exact same issue with the frosting. I even added more sugar and when that didn’t work I tried some meringue powder. That didn’t work either. So I gave up trying to fix it, frosted them and threw them in the freezer.

    I feel like there’s an ingredient missing or something because the way the frosting looks in the picture and the way it actually turned out are on complete opposite sides of the spectrum.

    • Alexis- i am so sorry. I am not in the kitchen today to go back over that recipe-I always just write everything down as I am going along, and i wonder if something got lost in the process.

      I changed the recipe to a fool proof buttercream recipe. Again- so sorry!