First, let me get this out of the way to avoid any confusion: Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes are not cupcakes that taste like pumpkin, because that would be lame. No no, they are both pumpkin pies AND cupcakes. Meaning you bake tiny little pumpkin pies and then you bake the tiny little pumpkin pie inside of cupcakes. And that’s what you see here.
I wish I had learned more to cook when I grew up. Sure I can bake shiz, as witnessed by this post (although miss Laura Leebove was the Bake Queen and I was simply the Bake Assistant). But I mean my skills are limited and any time I have eaten a home-cooked meal with a man, it was because he had cooked it for me. Except that one time in college when we had an all-girls family dinner and one of my friends invited her boyfriend without telling us. And I believe my contribution came from a box (Hey, Stouffers lasagne is good!). ANYWAY, I feel like I am lacking a major Life Skill and I resolve to fix it – once I get over my stand off-ish attitude towards my kitchen (I really wish I didn’t share a kitchen). ANYWAY AGAIN. PUMPKIN PIE CUPCAKES.
To the left – miniature pumpkin pies, which were delicious. I may never make a pumpkin pie and only resort to making mini ones. Because they are good. Graham cracker crust, say what now. On the right – cupcake batter, and you see what’s starting to happen in the middle when we put the two together. After dropping the mini pumpkin pie into some cupcake batter, we poured a little cupcake batter on top.
After that, we made some cream cheese frosting and spread it on top. We made both vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and we actually used vegan recipes for both and they were amazing! I took some to work with me the next day and my office mates were pretty impressed with that fact, especially because I told them after their first bite. They had no idea.
So, these pumpkin pie cupcakes were a fun treat. A pain in the butt because we made five thousand, but the pumpkin pie inside the cupcake is definitely a cool surprise. I would make these again. And if you’re looking for recipes, they all on foodgawker so check it. Happy Halloween!