Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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A little spice, some chocolate, and a bit of pumpkin all topped with a cream cheese frosting. I do believe there are several food groups in these cupcakes from Lulu the Baker.  I have included the plain cream cheese frosting recipe as well as Country Living’s orange cream cheese frosting recipe for something a bit different.

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

1 2/3 cup + 4 teaspoons flour
2/3 cup + 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (12 Tablespoons)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 extra-large eggs



Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl or large liquid measuring cup, combine buttermilk, pumpkin, and vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and beat until incorporated.
Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, and beat until combined.
Add 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture, and beat until combined.
Repeat until all ingredients have been added and batter is well-mixed.
Divide batter evenly among prepared pans. Bake 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.


Cream Cheese Frosting 
1 stick butter, softened
1 8-oz brick cream cheese, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
While the cupcakes are cooling, combine the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl, and beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until smooth and fluffy. When cupcakes are cool, frost away!


Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package(s) (8-ounce) Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup(s) (1/2 stick) Unsalted Butter, softened
1 tablespoon(s) Fresh Orange Juice
1 teaspoon(s) Grated Orange Zest
1/2 teaspoon(s) Pure Vanilla Extract
4 cup(s) Confectioners’ Sugar
1/4 teaspoon(s) Orange Food Coloring
1. Blend the cream cheese, butter, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla in a large bowl, using an electric mixer set at medium speed, until smooth.
2. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy — about 3 more minutes
3. Add the food coloring and gently stir until the color is uniform
4. Chill the frosting until ready to ice the cupcakes or cake.

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