Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pumpkin Streusel Cupcakes

I love pumpkin everything. These cupcakes are delicious, and were a huge success. 
This recipe amounts to the perfect fall cupcake, I could also just eat the frosting by the spoonful.
yield: 21 cupcakes

for cupcakes
2C flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1C butter, room temperature
1C sugar
1C pumpkin puree
4 tsp vanilla
4 eggs, room temperature

for white chocolate cream cheese frosting
8oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4C butter, room temperature
1C white chocolate chips
2C powdered sugar

for streusel topping
1.5C flour
2.5 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2C butter, melted

  1. for cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners (or grease pan if you're not using cupcake liners).
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, baking soda, and baking powder.
  4. In a large bowl (or bowl of stand mixer), cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla and mix together on medium speed until incorporated.
  6. Turn mixer to low and add in dry ingredients, mixing until well combined.
  7. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  10. for streusel topping: In stand mixer combine flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  11. Mix a few second until well combined.
  12. Pour in melted butter and mix until coarse crumbles form.
  13. Sprinkle mixture on a parchment (or Silpat) lined baking sheet, crumbling into small pieces.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  16. for white chocolate cream cheese frosting: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  17. Melt white chocolate over double boiler and add to the cream cheese mixture.
  18. Beat on medium speed until smooth.
  19. Turn mixer to low speed and slowly add in powdered sugar.
  20. Turn speed up to medium and beat for 5 minutes.
  21. Let cool for 10 minutes before piping (or spreading) onto cupcakes.
  22. Sprinkle streusel crumbs on top of frosting.
  23. Enjoy!

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