Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Spiced Butternut Squash Cupcakes

Spiced Butternut Squash Cupcakes by The Sweet Chick

O.M.G. I've been dying to share these cupcakes.  I think these are the best tasting cupcakes ever.  The flavor combinations are superb.  I was playing around with some butter rum flavoring that my neighbor gave me and some fresh butternut squash puree I made, resulting in these fabulous, spiced Butternut Squash Cupcakes with butter rum flavor.  I think I just found my new flavor to use in just about everything.  I was always a vanilla girl, but now I think I am switching over to butter rum.  It's has a slightly sinful taste to it.  I love it!
I used butternut squash a lot last year in my Maple Butternut Squash Bread, Biscoff Butternut Squash Oatmeal Cookies, Maple Butternut Squash Donuts, and No Bake Butternut Squash Cheesecakes.  But I never got around to making cupcakes.  This year I remedied that.

My neighbor gave me this bottle of butter rum flavoring and I thought it would be a good pairing with butternut squash.  If you need help on how to make butternut squash puree just click here.  It's really easy.

Making butternut squash cupcakes by The Sweet Chick
Let me tell you, the smell of the butter rum baking is to die for.  It just scented up the whole kitchen.  I couldn't wait to take these out of the oven.  But then, tragedy happened.  My nice domed cupcakes became flat tops.  I was so dissappointed. I though all was ruined and the cupcakes would be dense, brick-like failures.  Boy was I wrong.  These were the lightest, fluffiest, moistest, and most flavorful cupcakes I had ever tasted.  I wanted to devour every single one, but I held back.  They weren't even frosted yet.

Making mascarpone frosting by The Sweet Chick



























Picking a frosting is always a tricky matter.  You want it to be good, but not overpower the cupcake.  It needs to accentuate the flavors in the cupcake.  And these cupcakes were amazing on their own, so I didn't want to mess that up.  I choose to top them with my favorite Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting.  It's the same one I used on my Churro Cupcakes, Churro Puff Pastry, Cinnamon Chocolate Cake,  No Bake Butternut Squash CheesecakesMaple Carrot Cupcakes and even in my Pumpkin Spice Crepes. It adds just a dollop of flavor that throws your taste-buds over the edge.  I can eat it by the bucket full.

Butternut Squash Cupcakes by The Sweet Chick
 I just added a little bit of frosting to each cupcake.  I used an Ateco 827 frosting tip and some festive fall sprinkles for some color.

Butternut Squash Cupcakes with  butter rum by The Sweet Chick

Just look at that beautiful inside, the perfect texture for a cupcake.  I was intending to only use pecans in my mix, but I found out last minute that I didn't have enough, so I subbed walnuts in for about half the amount needed.  Now I don't know which I prefer, walnuts or pecans.  Both went well with the flavors.  So you can choose either when making your cupcakes or you can go halfsies like me.

Spiced Butternut Squash Cupcakes by The Sweet Chick

I still can't believe how incredible these cupcakes came out.  There a little bit of spice, a little bit of sweet, a little bit of rum, and a whole lotta deliciousness in each one.  Trust me, you are going to want to make these.
Spiced Butternut Squash Cupcakes

by The Sweet Chick
Prep Time: 15- 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert snack butternut squash pecans walnuts butter rum Thanksgiving cupcake cake American fall
Ingredients (30 cupcakes)
    For the cupcakes
    • 3/4 cups butter, softened
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/4 teaspoon LorAnn oils, butter rum flavor
    • 2 cups butternut squash puree
    • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup buttermilk (or buttermilk replacement, see below)
    • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (or 1/2 of each)
    For the frosting
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    Instructions
    For the cupcakes
    Preheat oven to 350° F.
    In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
    Then add the eggs, squash, and butter rum. Mix until well blended.
    In a large bowl, combine the flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    Add a third of the flour mixture at a time to the squash mixture, alternately with the buttermilk, mixing well in between and scraping down the sides of the bowl.
    Lastly, add the nuts and mix until fully incorporated.
    Pour mixture into greased or lined muffin tins, about 3/4 full for each well.
    Place muffin tins in oven and bake on 350ºF for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    Then take out of oven and place on cooling rack.
    For the frosting
    With stand mixer on medium speed (with whisk attachment), whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks form (be careful not to over beat, or cream will be grainy).
    In a small bowl, stir together mascarpone, cinnamon, and confectioners' sugar until smooth.
    Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until completely incorporated.
    Using a spatula, or a cake decorating bag with your favorite tip (I used Ateco #827), frost each cupcake.
    Serve immediately or keep refrigerated until ready to eat. Enjoy!
    Notes
    As a substitute for buttermilk, I used 1 tablespoon vinegar (white or rice) plus enough milk to equal 1 cup.
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    Cupcake recipe adapted from Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes from Taste of Home 
    Frosting recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

    2 comments:

    1. Cupcakes look really delicious and pretty. Pinned

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      1. Thanks Chichi! You have a lot of beautiful sweets on your site also.

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