Autumn’s Best Cupcake

  • 23rd October 2013

We made this cupcake twice already this month.  The first time was purely decadent with its rich buttery frosting and cheesecake like filling.  Relishing them for the second time, we substituted in wheat flour that perfectly complemented the moist cream cheese and pumpkin purée.


Cheesecake-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting


Cheese-cake Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

Photo Courtesy of: Rachael Ray Magazine


Cheese-cake Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

A dollop of cheesecake in the center makes all of the difference.



If you love pumpkin, this is a dessert you cannot miss!  If you love cheesecake too, even better!  It comes to us via Rachael Ray Magazine.



Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

Dressed up for Halloween, but they work throughout the Fall.



You already have your vegetable within, but for a healthier twist and graininess that offsets the cream cheese and purée, substitute in wheat flour.



  • 1 8 ounce package  cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 large eggs, plus 5 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • Simmering water
  • 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces and chilled




Pumpkin Cupcakes

Fresh out of the oven, pre-frosting


Place a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees . Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking liners. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar for 3 minutes. Beat in 1 egg white and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.




Cream cheese filled cupcakes




In a bowl, whisk the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In another bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, 2 eggs, granulated sugar, oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Whisk in the flour mixture.




Brown Sugar Frosted Cupcakes




Layer each muffin cup with some of the pumpkin batter, then the cream cheese mixture, then more of the batter. Bake until springy to the touch, 25 minutes.  Let cool.



Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

Vanilla bean paste was substituted for extract.




Using the electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, remaining 4 egg whites and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Fill a medium saucepan with enough simmering water to reach a depth of 1 inch; place the mixing bowl on top. Whisk the mixture until it registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.


Transfer the bowl back to the mixer and beat at high speed until fluffy; lower the speed and beat to roomtemperature, about 5 minutes. Add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, then beat at high speed for 5 minutes. Beat in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.



Brown Sugar Butter Frosting

The frosting is buttery magic



Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag; pipe large rosettes on top of the cupcakes.

(You can also spread the frosting with a knife and decorate the cupcakes in any other manner).

Serve and enjoy!!!


Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

Decorated for Halloween




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