These Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Butterscotch Frosting are my favorite pumpkin anything, ever, and they have been for the past 13 years.
That might change one day, but for now, this is it for me. It all started with my college days when my roommate introduced them to me and would bake them every Fall for all of our neighbors – and all of our neighbors would swoon over their deliciousness and then demand the recipe. So a couple years ago when my work was having a blind “pumpkin eating recipe contest,” I knew just what to make.
They won. And that was even pre-butterscotch frosting (I used a plain frosting at the time of the contest).
With the weight of representing to you how knockout crave worthy these cupcakes are, I was really worried my frosting job would ruin it, because we eat first with our eyes – it’s a fact – and I’ve never frosted a cupcake with a decorative piping tip before in my life.
I had the photoshoot all set up on our living room table as Patrick and I each took turns frosting the cupcakes with the piping bag, each attempting different techniques, bemoaning how awful our skills were….but somehow, in the end, we ended up with beautiful cupcakes. Even after Patrick saw the pictures, he said, “How did you pull that off?!”
Only with the help of an artistic husband. I’m pretty sure all the “best” cupcakes used in these shots are his. The man has skillz. And yes, he is super sweet to help me, but I think he really just wanted me to be done faster so he could sink his teeth into the soft cupcakes sooner. And I don’t blame him. Not one bit…
These winning cupcakes are pillowy soft and super moist with a hint of pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. I could eat the cupcakes plain all day and all night (and that would be why I sent them all with Patrick to take to work – I’d like to say I’m really that nice, but I really just have no self control when it comes to these enticing morsels). And that can be a bad thing, especially considering how easy they are to make. All you do is beat spice cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, eggs, oil, and water together and somehow magic happens. Fluffy, golden magic…
Even more magic happens with the addition of Butterscotch Frosting – every bit as deadly delicious as it sounds – but easier to make than it sounds. Simply melt butter and brown sugar in a pan, bring to a boil, and stir in milk, vanilla and cinnamon. After the butterscotch cools for 20 minutes, beat in the powdered sugar and you have fluffy, sweet, butterscothy frosting.
Award winning Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Butterscotch Frosting. Mouthwatering delicious no matter how you frost them.
Cupcake recipe from roommate April, frosting Carlsbad Cravings Original
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