Again. Again I have raging allergic aversions. At least I think that is what is going on. Moral of the story is to not skip a workout to clean out a closet that hasn't been cleaned out in four years. At least not without a mask. But here, as promised, is the recipe for my Pumpkin Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Make them, have someone else make them- and eat them all until they are gone. Amen.
Pumpkin Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 t vanilla
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t kosher salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger
1/8 t cloves
1/2 cup buttermilk, sour cream, or plain greek yogurt
1 Large Granny Smith Apple, chopped into 1/2" cubes
2 T granulated sugar + 2 t cinnamon + 1 t flour
Preheat he oven to 350. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.
Cream the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy (this can take up to 8-10 minutes). Add the eggs one at a time, fully incorporating into the batter. Stir in the pumpkin and vanilla. Yes, your batter just became nearly curdled-looking. Do not worry.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add to the batter alternatively with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour. Your batter should no longer look curdled. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottoms of the bowl between additions.
Chop up the apple and toss in the sugar/flour/cinnamon mixture. Fold into the batter. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, almost to the top (these do not rise much). Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until done.
Cream Cheese Frosting
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened but still cool
8 oz cream cheese, softened but still cool
3.5 cups powdered sugar
1 t vanilla extract
pinch of kosher salt
Beat the butter and cream cheese together until no longer lumpy. Sift the powdered sugar into the mixture, and mix until combined. Add the vanilla and salt, and mix again. For fluffier frosting, you can beat for 3-5 minutes, but note that it will be full of small air bubbles and therefore not quite as pretty for frosting.
Frost after cooling completely, and decorate as desired. I topped mine with Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses and a sprinkle of cinnamon.