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Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 24
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Mmm! Toasted and sugared nuts top cream cheese frosting on sweet and spicy pumpkin cupcakes.
Mar 5, 2015

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® Golden cake mix
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 container Betty Crocker® Creamy Deluxe* cream cheese frosting

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2
    In heavy 8-inch nonstick skillet, cook pecans and 2 tablespoons of the sugar over low heat about 8 minutes, stirring constantly, until sugar is melted. Spoon and spread pecans onto sheet of waxed paper. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar; toss.
  • 3
    In large bowl, beat cake mix, pumpkin, water, oil, eggs and pumpkin pie spice with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about 2/3 full).
  • 4
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 5
    Frost cupcakes with frosting. Sprinkle edge of frosted cupcakes with pecans; press lightly into frosting.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Success : Use a heavy skillet, low heat and a constant eye to cook the sugar and nuts to ensure no burning. How-To : If you have only one 12-cup muffin pan, cover and refrigerate the rest of the batter while baking the first batch. Then bake the rest of the batter in the cooled muffin pan, adding 1 or 2 minutes to the bake time.

Nutrition Information

230 Calories, 10g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 34g Total Carbs, 24g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 24
Calories
230
Total Fat
10g
Saturated Fat
2g
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
35mg
Sodium
210mg
9%
Total Carbs
34g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Sugars
24g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%
35%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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