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Chocolate-Pumpkin Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting

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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.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CUPCAKES:
  • 1 package Devil's Food Cake Mix, Duncan Hines, 18 Ounce Box
  • 15 ounces, weight Canned Pumpkin
  • 2  Large Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons Fresh Grated Nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Cloves
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 2 sticks Butter, Room Temperature
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Finely Grated Orange Zest
  • 4 Tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Yellow And Orange Food Color
  • Assorted Halloween Sugar Decorations

Preparation

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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Cecelia on 10.24.2011

The cupcakes were fantastic! I’m not a huge fan of butter cream and I thought the frosting tasted too much like just butter. But all in all I loved these! Thanks!

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wannacook on 10.24.2011

easy and yummy all at the same time! Thanks!

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amanda79 on 10.17.2011

Yummy! So moist and the flavour was amazing. I left out the cloves since we don’t like them, and I didn’t make orange buttercream since my husband can’t have orange juice. Will be making these again for sure.

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