Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

The canned pumpkin in the batter keeps these cupcakes moist, reducing the amount of oil you need to use.

Yield: Makes 22 cupcakes
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Recipe Time

Prep Time:
Chill: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 259
  • Calories from fat: 48%
  • Protein: 3.5g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 5.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 33g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 214mg
  • Cholesterol: 41mg

Ingredients

  • CUPCAKES
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • FROSTING
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • TOPPING
  • About 1 1/2 cups sweetened whipped cream
  • 22 chocolate pastilles*

Preparation

  1. 1. Make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat sugar, buttermilk, oil, eggs, pumpkin, salt, and vanilla until well blended.
  2. 2. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Gradually add to wet mixture, beating on medium speed until smooth.
  3. 3. Line muffin pans with muffin cups and fill each cup with 3 tbsp. batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. 4. Make frosting: In a medium bowl, beat mascarpone, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, vanilla, and salt with a mixer until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar. Chill until firm, 1 hour. Spread on cupcakes and top each with whipped cream and a pastille. Chill until frosting is firm, about 30 minutes.
  5. *Find chocolate pastilles in the baking aisle at well-stocked grocery stores.
  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per cupcake.
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