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Cheesecake-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

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With a surprise cheesecake filling, these pumpkin cupcakes are sure to impress your guests! Serve these up at your holiday party.

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Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup confectioner sugar
  • 2 large eggs, plus 5 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 inches simmering water
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces and chilled

Details

Servings 12
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 35mins

Preparation

Step 1

Place a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350°F.

Line a 12 cup muffin pan with baking liners. Using a electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and confections' sugar for 3 minutes. Beat in 1 egg white and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

In a bowl whisk the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In another bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, 2 eggs, granulated sugar, oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Whisk in the flour mixture.

Layer each muffin cup with some of the pumpkin bater, then the cream cheese batter mixture, the more pumpkin batter. Bake until springy to the touch 25 minutes minutes. Let cool.

Using the electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, remaining 4 egg white and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Fill a medium sauce pan with enough simmering water to reach the depth of 1 inch; place the mixing bowl on top. Whisk the mixture until it registers 160°F on an instant read thermometer.

Transfer the bowl back to the mixer and beat on high speed until fluffy; lower the speed and beat to room temperature about 5 minutes. Add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, then beat in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag, pipe large rosettes on the top of the cupcakes.

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