spiced chocolate cupcakes with pumpkin cheesecake frosting
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Recipe type: Cupcakes
Serves: 24
  • *for the cupcakes*
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp pumpkin spice mix
  • ¾ cup {1½ sticks} unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • *for the frosting*
  • 8 oz full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin spice mix
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F, and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy and well-combined.
  3. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin spice.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. In another small bowl, mix together the milk and sour cream.
  6. Now, add about half of the dry ingredient mix to the butter-and-sugar mixture, and mix well. Add in all of the milk and sour cream, mix again, then finish with the rest of the dry ingredients.
  7. Spoon the batter into the prepared cupcake liners, filling about ⅔ of the way. This is IMPORTANT, they will very easily overflow!
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes, then let cool completely before frosting.
  9. While cupcakes cool, prepare the frosting. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, pumpkin, and spice, until light and fluffy.
  10. In a separate small bowl, beat the heavy cream to stiff peaks.
  11. Then, using a spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Don't mix it or it will deflate and become runny!
  12. Decorate cupcakes as desired, and store in fridge until ready to serve! The frosting is heavy cream-based, which means it will easily become runny if it gets warm!
Recipe by The Baking Fairy at https://www.thebakingfairy.net/2014/10/spiced-chocolate-cupcakes-pumpkin-cheesecake-frosting/