Monday, October 22, 2012

Rosy Little Pumpkin Cupcakes

Rosy Little Pumpkin Cupcakes for a sweet little pumpkin named Lucy...
Kristan's baby girl is expected in just a few weeks and since she will be a fall little pumpkin, I thought some pumpkin cupcakes might be in order.

I feel sure you all know Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.  I would say that Kristan is one of my very favorite bloggers, but you know what?  She's more than that.  She's one of my very favorite people.  Her little Lucy is about to be welcomed into one adorable and loving family, full of sparkles and big brother's magic tricks.

The cupcakes are a doctored up cake mix batter loaded with pumpkin and spices.  The frosting...oh, the frosting!  How about a buttery, cinnamon cream cheese frosting that's so good, you'll contemplate buying one of those beer helmets and converting it to a frosting helmet.

{Listen, cupcake ATMs are a real thing; why not frosting helmets?}

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
{adapted from Kraft}

for the cupcakes: 
1 box French Vanilla cake mix
1 & 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
1/4 cup oil
3 eggs

for the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
6 TBSP salted butter, at room temperature
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.  Line 22 muffin cups with liners.

Whisk together the cake mix and spices.  Add in the remaining cake ingredients.  Mix on low until combined, then beat 2 minutes on medium.

Scoop the batter into the lined tins and bake for 20 minutes, or until done.  Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove to cool completely on wire racks.
To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until combined.  Add the sugar in three additions, scraping the bowl as needed.  Beat in the vanilla and cinnamon.

(If frosting the cupcakes generously, like these roses, double the recipe.)

To make the rose frosting, I used Created by Diane's video as a guide.  I didn't have the correct tip on hand (I used an Ateco 828 star tip), but I still think they turned out pretty.

Since Kristan likes sparkles, I sprinkled the rosy icing with a bit of sanding sugar.

You know how all of us love a chance to celebrate a new bloggy baby, so there are lots of us celebrating Kristan & Lucy today.  Go take a peek!

Cookies and Cups | Zebra Cake Cupcakes
The Hungry Housewife  | WhiteCupcakes 
She Wears Many Hats |  Pretty in Pink Party Marshmallows
Two Peas and Their Pod | Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
My Baking Addiction | Sugar and Spice Cupcakes
Sprinkle Bakes | Princess Torte Cupcakes
Sweet Sugarbelle | Damask Cookies
Chocolate and Carrots | Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes
Living Locurto | Baby Shower Printables (coming soon)

We can't wait to meet you, little Lucy! ♥


  1. So perfectly sweet and delicious sounding! I love how you brought together a beautiful fall treat with the sweet baby girl to be!

  2. These are adorable and what a great cupcake for a shower! The frosting just...mmmm, sounds...perfect!

  3. Those are beautiful. They sound yummy, too!

  4. Can we talk about those gorgeous teacups? What a beautiful presentation!

  5. These look so sweet in the teacups. I hope your book signing went well up there in N. Houston. We went on that "Dumpling Crawl" with the Houston Chowhounds group. Won't be craving dumplings for awhile. Lucy seems to making a comback...such a cute name!

  6. Okay, I'm in for a frosting helmet. How do we make that happen? These are simply lovely, Bridget. If I had to pick a favorite cupcake for every season, these would absolutely be my answer for Autumn. Beautiful job.

  7. Perfect and delicious! I LOVE the cupcakes in the tea cups Bridget!! and um, that close up of the frosting.......I want to dive right in! Sign me up for the helmet!

    Happy Shower Day Kristan!

  8. These look amazing. That frosting...and gorgeous rose! I love that you used a different tip...totally different effect and just as pretty!

  9. I could get down with a frosting helmet.

    Love your photos, as always!

  10. Such a FUN celebration for Kristan!!! Bridget these cupcakes are gorgeous. Want now. Love them in the little fancy cups :) XO

  11. Umm I want to sip some tea out of your adorable cups :)

  12. How cute!! These are perfect for the upcomming little princess :) I can't wait to give these a try and they seem so easy to make - - this is a VERY VERY good plan ;)

  13. These are calling my name! Cinnamon cream cheese frosting? I could eat that on a whole lotta things, man.

  14. These look wonderful! What a sweet cupcake for a very special person :)

  15. I totally and completely am in love with these.

  16. They look ridiculously delicious! And such pretty swirly frosting!

  17. Perfect for a fall baby. :D I can just imagine Kristan baking these one day for a tea party for baby Lucy!

  18. These sound scrumptious and they are stunningly beautiful as well!!!!!!
    I am sure Kristan will just love them!

  19. Perfect for one girls afternoon! Love the tea cups!

  20. My best friend did this EXACT SAME THING for Thanksgiving last year and it was AWESOME! I don't like pumpkin-y things (yes, I'm shunned by the pumpkin community each fall... it's very lonely out here) but I ate that cake up! Almost to the point of no return so I was forced to admit that I actually enjoyed something pumpkin-y. It drove my mother crazy - my best friend can make things that I'll try yet will refuse if she makes it. But, hey, that's what daughters are for! (See what you're in for Kristan?)

  21. Preciousness - I love the presentation in a beautiful tea cup!

  22. Excuse me but I need a FROSTING HELMET!
    Seriously! Buttercream Frosting with CINNAMON!
    I bet your house smelled so yummy while these SPICED up PUMPKIN cupcakes were baking!
    I too adore Kristan! If she ever does have her own sit~com one day I sure hope she'll tell Barbara Walters I was the one that gave her the idea! ;)
    Kristan is a doll~baby!
    Can you just imagine how adorable LUCY will dress!
    And how cute is that name! LUCY! xoxoxo
    These cupcakes are cute too! That rosey frosting swirl is amazing!
    Love these Bridget and wishing Kristan all the happiness she gives others!

  23. seriously, could this frosting BE any more beautiful?! i love these!

  24. Oh my goodness! :-) These look amazing! :-) I'm your newest follower! :-)

  25. These look so delicious! We wish Kristan all the best with sweet baby Lucy! -The Six Sisters

  26. Wow...I want to jump into that photo. Gorgeous!

  27. Bridget you totally made me cry with this post. I can't even say how thankful I am that we connected are such a sweet and classy lady and a true friend.

    You girls made my day with this shower. THANK YOU!!!!!

  28. I'd say your frosting looks more than pretty. Looks perfect to me! Now I just have to see if I have that tip...

  29. Beautiful serving idea Bridget. Perfect for these gorgeous cupcakes. Love Kirstan. She's a mighty strong, very talented and very funny lady all wrapped up in the cutest little package. Best wishes to her and her family as they prepare to welcome their little Lucy into the world.

  30. These are so pretty. I love how you have them in little tea cups. I love visiting Kristans blog, it's always so bright and colorful and she has such a bubbly personality - it jumps right out of the monitor! I can't wait to hear all the fun things she'll be decorating for her little girl and I'm sure her son will be helping her every step of the way! How fun that you're all doing this for her.

  31. That frosting just looks so amazingly luscious. I love that you put them in the mugs and added a bit of sparkle for Kristan.

  32. These are beautiful, Bridget, and they sound divine! I love the presentation of them in the tea cups. :)

  33. oh these cupcakes look absolutely delicious, I just bought some more pumpkin and will put these on my list!
    Glad you liked the video on frosting :) thanks for including it in your post. You are so sweet. XXXOOO!
    What a fun shower for Kristan, can't wait to meet her sweet Lucy!

  34. These look fabulous! I love love love the tea cup. Very classy touch:-)

  35. Oh my gosh! I found you through Pinterest, and boy howdy are your site and recipes gorgeous! I featured your Candy Corn Cookies on my site,, which shows off the PROPS! and FLOPS! off of Pinterest. Your cookies are definitely a PROP! So, so darling!

  36. These are just lovely!! And that frosting is perfection!

  37. Wow. It's really sad that a blogger can be made famous for baking cupcakes from a box.

    1. The realitly is that MOST people find baking a cake completely from scratch over whelming and ONLY use box cake mixes. Those people will be excited by this recipe and feel like they can make this. If you look into the other recipes on this blog, you will notice that it's almost all scratch baking.

    2. How sad that most people are too lazy to bake a cake from scratch. It's probably a whole three more steps than baking one from a box and most things are pantry and fridge staples.

  38. These cupcakes are just darling! We were definitely on the same wavelength in regards to flavor combinations!

  39. Aww, congrats to Kristan! I know everyone can't wait to see little Lucy! And these pumpkin cupcakes sound amazing!

  40. I agree with Gail, your presentation is stunning!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  41. yum yum yum. these are perfect for fall.

  42. These cupcakes are absolutely amazing! I'm delighted with them! I've featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don't mind! If you don't agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.


  44. Bridget, I made these about two weeks ago, and OH MY GOODNESS! They were amazing! I could have eaten the frosting by the spoonful ;) Thank you so much for this post, these cupcakes were, easy and fun to make, and outstanding in flavor! I got many compliments, so I had to come THANK YOU, where the credit is due!!

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