Pumpkin Cranberry Cupcakes with Walnuts and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting – Autumn Baked Dessert Recipe on ToriAvey.com
Guys, it’s been quite a week. I’m juggling lots of things, I’ve barely had time to come up for air. I did manage to develop a seriously scrumptious recipe for Thanksgiving, but finding the time to photograph it has been a challenge. I finally managed a few shots in my kitchen as the light was fading (it gets dark so gosh darned early these days!). I took these photos just minutes before drafting this post. Hope they look appetizing. You’ll have to trust that the recipe is beyond amazing. It really is. It would make an awesome Thanksgiving option for folks who want something pumpkin-y but aren’t into the whole gooshy pie thing.
I took my popular Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe, swapped out raisins for sweetened dried cranberries (“craisins”) and walnuts, used the batter for cupcakes and topped them with homemade cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
I know, right? Could anything be more tasty?
I could write more, including the history of pumpkins and craisins and Thanksgiving and… you know. But it’s Shabbat and I seriously need a breather. Hope you understand. Have a great weekend!
Affiliate links help to support my website and the free recipe content I provide. A percentage of any purchase you make via these links will go towards buying ingredients, photography supplies and server space, as well as all the other expenses involved in running a large cooking website. Thank you very much for browsing!
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- Pinch of ground cloves
- 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries (craisins)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 lb. (about 4 cups) confectioner's sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1-2 tsp milk, or as needed
You will also need
- Cupcake tin, cupcake liners, electric mixer
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Whisk together sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla until well blended.
- In a separate mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves with a fork until well blended.
- Pour liquid ingredients into dry. Mix together until blended. Do not overmix. Fold the dried sweetened cranberries and chopped walnuts into the batter.
- Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Distribute the batter in equal amounts between the 12 cupcake liners, filling each one about 2/3 full.
- Bake cupcakes at 325 degrees F for 20-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the thickest cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan to room temperature before frosting.
- Make the frosting while the cupcakes are cooling. Cut the butter and cream cheese into chunks and place in a bowl. Make sure they are as close to room temperature as possible. Add the vanilla, cinnamon and 1 tsp milk.
- Use electric mixer to beat together the ingredients until well combined and fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar a cupful at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl periodically, until the mixture forms a thick frosting. If the consistency is too thick, add milk 1/2 tsp at a time and beat until soft and spreadable.
- Frost the cupcakes. Make sure the cakes are room temperature before frosting. I used a piping bag and cupcake frosting tip to make them look pretty.
- If you are not serving cupcakes the same day, store them in the refrigerator to keep fresh.