Two things that undeniably go together are the fall season and pumpkins. Seriously, fuzzy sweaters and trips to the pumpkin patch are what a kid’s fall dreams are made of. Fall is also the time to start pumpkin-spicing everything-coffee, doughnuts, and now our moist pumpkin spice cupcakes.
In the spirit of enjoying fall and making everything pumpkin spice flavored, I want to share one of our best cupcake recipes that not only kids love, but any adult will enjoy.
These easy pumpkin spice cupcakes are perfect for enjoying as a dessert after dinner, as a show-stopping Thanksgiving dessert, or as a choice on the Halloween party dessert table. You really can’t go wrong. If the kids are having a fall or Halloween party at school, they can help whip up a batch of these homemade pumpkin spice cupcakes to take to their classmates.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe
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- 3/4 cup of shortening
- 1 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup of buttermilk
- 3 cups of flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
To get started, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and use cupcake liners to line your cupcake tins.
My kids love helping me in the kitchen and the easiest way I’ve found for them to help is by mixing ingredients together. It can get messy, but the memories and connections we make by cooking together are more than worth it.
Grab a bowl and add the shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar. Let the kids do the mixing and cream the ingredients together until it’s a fluffy and light. If you feel comfortable enough, let them add one egg at a time to the mixture and beating it before adding the next. Finally, they can add in the vanilla and stir it.
I have more than one kid, so it’s helpful to have each child working on different parts of the recipe so they each get a turn.
You or another child can sift together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, cloves and allspice) in a separate bowl. Once it’s all sifted together, alternate between adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the wet ingredients until it’s incorporated together.
Now for the fun part! Give the kids an ice cream scoop and let them fill the cupcake liners about three-fourths full.
Bake your cupcakes for 20-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the cupcake pan, then remove and let them sit and cool on a wire rack until they are completely cool.
- 1 cup of soft unsalted butter
- 4-6 cups of powder sugar
- 4 TBSP heavy whipping cream
- Green gel food coloring
While the cupcakes are cooling, grab another bowl and have the kids mix the butter and powdered sugar together until it’s creamy. If it’s not getting creamy, add a few drops of heavy whipping cream to it. This should make it get creamier.
Next, add a few drops of the green food coloring and mix it well. Check to be sure the frosting is stiff enough to hold a peak if turned upside down. If not, then add more powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and mix well until stiff enough.
Once the frosting is ready, scoop it into a pastry bag and use a star tip to pipe it onto the pumpkin spice cupcakes making it look like grass.
Tip: Start on the outside edge of the cupcake and work your way toward the center. This would be the perfect job for a kid.
Finally, decorate the top of your cupcakes with a candy pumpkin for the finishing touch.
I hope you enjoy making and eating these delicious pumpkin spice cupcakes with your kids!