October is the month for pumpkin and I've been whipping up pumpkin baked goods as much as I can. So when I saw that OXO will be donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for each blog post dedicated to this campaign in October (up to our $100,000 commitment*), I knew I had to make Pumpkin Cupcakes!
What is Cookies for Kids' Cancer? Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a national 501(c)3 non-profit, raises funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. They provide inspiration and support for individuals, businesses and organizations to raise funds by baking up some goodies and hosting bake sales! You can also find Cookies for Kids' Cancer stickers on select OXO baking items in store to help support the cause.
Cookies for Kids' Cancer was founded by Gretchen and Larry Witt in 2008. Their son Liam battled with stage IV cancer and came to the end of his courageous 4-year fight with cancer on January 24, 2011 at the age of 6. Though devastated by his loss, the Witts remain more determined than ever to continue the fight against pediatric cancer and founded Cookies for Kids' Cancer.
In order to make the cupcakes I received a fabulous Cupcake Set from OXO including a Non-Stick Pro 12 Cup Muffin Pan, a Cupcake Icing Knife, and 4 Piece Baker’s Silicone Decorating Bottle Kit. I simply put some fall cupcake liners in the pan and went to work. As I was whipping up my cupcakes my husband told me he hoped I wasn't adding anything to the pumpkin cupcakes because he was in the mood for just pumpkin. I had to burst his bubble and tell him I was adding a few things but I thought he'd enjoy them.
I ended up adding butterscotch chips to the batter because I love pumpkin and butterscotch together. The cupcakes baked up in a whirl of spices, butterscotch, and pumpkin. They came out of the oven plump and delicious.
As I waited for them to cool I whipped up a batch of buttercream frosting. Initially I was going to make cinnamon frosting, but in a last minute decision I changed it to caramel frosting. I'm not sure why I did it, but I thought the caramel frosting would work well with the butterscotch and boy was I right!
The cupcakes were soft, spiced, and filled with pumpkin and sweet butterscotch flavor. The frosting smelled like caramel and the sweetness paired well with the cupcakes. I put a few sugar pumpkins on top and some orange sprinkles as well. My husband and I gobbled them up they so good! Definitely a great cupcake to help support Cookies for Kids' Cancer as I know kids would love these!
For the Cupcakes:
- 1 ½ c. flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ½ c. sugar
- ½ c. brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 stick butter, melted
- ¾ c. pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ c. butterscotch chips
For the frosting:
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 2 c. powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon caramel flavoring
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and butter. Beat until smooth.
- Add in the pumpkin puree and vanilla and mix well.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
- Fold in the butterscotch chips.
- Fill the cupcake cups ¾ of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool completely on a wire rack.
- In a large bowl combine the butter and milk, Mix with a mixer until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, a half cup at a time, until desired consistency is reach. Add in the caramel flavoring and mix well.
- Frost the cupcakes with the frosting and top with sprinkles if desired.
A Hezzi-D Original Recipe
Cookies for Kids' Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids' Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.
*In 2015, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids' Cancer through product proceeds, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts