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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tasty Halloween Treats

Every year I spend a couple of days before Halloween baking, decorating, getting treat bags done, finishing costumes, and anything else. I'll be posting what I'm baking this year. Here's the first treat:

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes 24 cupcakes
Hands-On Time: 15m
Total Time: 40m

1 18.5-ounce box yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients called for in the package directions)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
2 8-ounce bars cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
24 pieces candy corn

Heat oven to 350° F. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Prepare the cake mix as directed but with the following change: Add the pumpkin pie spice and substitute the can of pumpkin puree for the water called for in the package directions.
Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tins and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool.

Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Spread on the cupcakes and top each with a piece of candy corn.

Recipe and photo courtesy Real Simple

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