The autumn is an excellent time to cook and bake. In fact, many people think of this time of the year is the time to get together with family and eat way too much. It is also the time of festivals and bake sales. It is of course, the time of Halloween and Thanksgiving. If you are planning an event or you need to bake a special dessert, consider pumpkin cupcakes. These tasty treats will be a little different from the standard options in taste and decoration. Do not fear, though, they are quite easy to make. Just follow the directions below.
For the cake batter, you will need the following: cake mix, a can of pumpkin filling, one third cup of vegetable oil, and the eggs recommended on the cake mix box. As far as which type of cake mix, choose a lightly flavored one like yellow cake or vanilla. Chocolate or other heavy flavors will not work as well. You will need to mix up the cake as usual. The only change is that you will add in the pumpkin filling. Be sure to mix thoroughly.
Line your muffin pan cups with cupcake papers and then fill each one with the batter. Be sure to only fill just over halfway so that the cake will have room to rise. You will need to bake them at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes. Be sure to test for doneness with a toothpick.
For the decorations, you just need to use orange frosting. Butter cream frosting works well, but you can also use premade frosting if you like. Be sure to allow the cupcakes to cool before you begin decorating. If you want to keep it simple, you can frost them orange and then use green candies to create a stem. Alternatively, you can use black frosting and a piping bag to create a jack-o-lantern face. The regular pumpkin design works well throughout the season. The jack-o-lantern face works well for Halloween related events.
The great thing about pumpkin cupcakes is that they are unique in their taste and style. People will enjoy something different from the standard yellow or chocolate cake, and the design will be fun and seasonal. Just be sure to let your guests know that the cupcakes do contain pumpkin to avoid an allergy problem. This fall, consider making these wonderful cupcakes. They are sure to be a hit at any party.
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