Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Here's something sweet just in time for halloween!  Garnish these with pieces of candy corn or bake them in festive papers and you're all set!  Can you give trick or treaters baked treats instead of candy?   

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

1 cup all purpose flour

2 teaspoons pumpkin spice blend

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cupcake tin with papers or grease well if not using paper liners.  

Whisk together flour, pumpkin spice blend, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together until light and smooth, about 3 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Add pumpkin puree and vanilla.  Once well combined, add flour mixture in two additions, alternating with the milk.  Don't over mix.

Fill cupcake wells halfway with batter.  Bake 20 minutes.  Remove from baking pan and cool completely. Frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting.  

Pumpkin Spice Blend

It's Fall!   Thus time to overrun the internet with pumpkin recipes!  I have many (okay, only two) on the way.  Both of which call for a pumpkin spice mix.  There's isn't any pumpkin in it but warm baking spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove.  It's good for all you're Autumn baking needs like apple pie, pumpkin pie, spiced cakes and oatmeal cookies.  

Pumpkin Spice Blend

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1 clove, grated

Combine all ingredients.  Save until ready to use.