Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes
Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

  • Yield: about 2 dozen cupcakes

  • Ingredients:

  • For the cupcakes:

  • 2 2/3

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 3

    tbsp. espresso powder

  • 2

    tsp. baking soda

  • 2

    tsp. baking powder

  • 1

    tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 1/8

    tsp. grated nutmeg

  • 1/8

    tsp. ground cloves

  • 1

    tsp. salt

  • 1

    (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree

  • 1

    cup sugar

  • 1

    cup brown sugar

  • 1

    cup canola or vegetable oil

  • 4

    large eggs

  • 1/2

    cup coffee or espresso, for brushing

  • For the whipped cream:

  • 2 1/4

    cups heavy cream, chilled

  • 1/4

    cup confectioners' sugar

  • For garnish:

  • Ground cinnamon

  • Caramel sauce

Directions

Directions: To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Stir together and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together the pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar and oil. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixture on low speed, add the flour mixture in two additions, mixing just until incorporated. Fill the cupcake liners about three-quarters full. Bake until the cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Transfer the pans to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pans. While the cupcakes are still warm, brush them two or three times with the coffee or espresso, allowing the first coat to soak in before repeating. Let cool completely. To make the frosting, place the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium-low speed at first, gradually increasing to high speed. Blend in the confectioners’ sugar gradually. Whip until stiff peaks form, being careful not to over-beat. Use a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip to frost the cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and drizzle with caramel sauce. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Caramel Sauce Yield: 1½ cups Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1¼ cups heavy cream 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise ¼ tsp. coarse salt ½ tsp. vanilla extract Directions: Spread the sugar in an even layer over the bottom of a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Place over medium-low heat, watching carefully. When the sugar begins to liquefy around the edges, use a heatproof spatula to gently stir it towards the center. Continue stirring very gently until all the sugar is melted, taking care not to over stir. Measure out the heavy cream in a liquid measuring cup and scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the cream. Set aside. Once the caramel reaches a deep amber color, immediately remove the sauce pan from the heat. (To test the color, spoon a drop onto a white plate or bowl.) Carefully whisk in half of the heavy cream along with the vanilla bean seeds. The mixture will steam and bubble violently. Stir until the cream is well incorporated, then whisk in the remaining cream. Stir in the salt and the vanilla. If any sugar has hardened, place the saucepan over low heat and whisk until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If needed, it can be rewarmed in the microwave or in a saucepan over low heat.

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