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Serve up a spooky night with Halloween cupcakes. The pumpkin makes for a moist and tasty cake… OH, and the buttercream frosting, m-m-m-m.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with cupcake papers (recipe makes roughly 18).
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. On medium speed with electric mixer, beat for 3 minutes. Using an ice cream scoop, fill paper liners with the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
Frosting: Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and beat on low until combined. Add salt, grated orange peel, and 2 Tablespoons of the orange juice. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add enough yellow and red food color for desired orange color. Blend in enough remaining powdered sugar and orange juice to reach a consistency to pipe swirls onto the cupcakes.
Put frosting in a piping bag (or a Ziplock bag with the corner cut off) and pipe swirls onto the cupcakes. Top with candy decorations.
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