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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes & Easiest Cream Cheese Frosting EVER!

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes & Easiest Cream Cheese Frosting EVER! - learn to bake these delicious Fall treats for a party or dessert course! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury™. The opinions and text are all mine.

Fall is here. And we all know fall is synonymous with wonderful produce, like pumpkins.  And in turn, you can't bake anything with pumpkins without pumpkin spice, right?!  From cakes to lattes, to puddings and cupcakes (my favs!), this seasonal spice mix is everywhere!


Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes & Easiest Cream Cheese Frosting EVER! - learn to bake these delicious Fall treats for a party or dessert course! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

I personally try to add pumpkin spice to E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G that comes out of my kitchen. I've even been known to add it to smoothies and soups. Don't knock it until you try it! ;)

Baking is also a must for me this season. The house gets filled with wonderful aromas of baked goods, intoxicating spices that make us feel all cozy and warm, inside and out. Come to think of it, I think fall is my favorite season of all. Mostly because of all the baking that goes on, I have to admit!

And one of the best ways to get immersed into the seasonality of it all, are these scrumptious, but oh-so-easy-to-make Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes & Easiest Cream Cheese Frosting EVER! - learn to bake these delicious Fall treats for a party or dessert course! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

I make them year after year. Kind of a rite of passage or introduction into the fall season – It ain't properly fall until a batch of Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes have been baked!

So I baked a tasty batch earlier in the week. And man, they are heavenly! These cupcakes make for super tasty dessert, think Thanksgiving, Halloween treats, school bake sale...but also great afternoon snacks with a cup of steaming coffee or tea!

But whatever you decide to bake this season, you've got to try my super easy, super tasty and fun way to decorate all those seasonal baked goods – the NEW Pillsbury™ Filled Pastry Bag! It's heaven sent, my friends!

The decorating of any cakes, cupcakes or baked goods IS the most fun part for me, and these Pastry Bags are the perfect solution to my fall baking. They certainly turn the fun factor right up, I tell ya!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes & Easiest Cream Cheese Frosting EVER! - learn to bake these delicious Fall treats for a party or dessert course! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

I've been using Pillsbury products in my kitchen for years now, but these filled Pastry Bags are probably my favs, I have to say. They make decorating any home-made treats a breeze! I especially love it that they are portable and so easy to use anywhere, by anyone.

These filled Pastry Bags come in three tasty flavors: Chocolate Fudge, Vanilla and Cream Cheese. So you have plenty of choice to match with any flavors and baking delights you make this season! The Pastry Bags have a built in star tip so you can easily decorate with stars, rosettes, or waves.

For my Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes I chose the Cream Cheese filled Pastry Bags, since cream cheese frosting marries super well with the pumpkin spice flavors.

Plus, did I mention it's super fun to use too? If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you'd have seen me bake and decorate (and eat...) these cupcakes with my kids.

My kids love helping me bake, and these Pastry Bags make it so much easier for them and myself, and reduces our time in the kitchen considerably; which means we have more time to enjoy and taste our creations! That's a HUGE bonus in my book ;)


Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe with Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients: makes 24 cupcakes

1 ¾ cup pumpkin puree from a can (or boil some pumpkin chunks for about 20 minutes with skins on, then cool, peel and make puree in a  food processor)
3 ¼ cup flour
1 cup flavorless vegetable oil (like sunflower)
2 tsp baking powder
½ baking soda
4 eggs
4 tsp of pumpkin spice
½ tsp salt
2 ¾ cup white sugar

For the cream Cheese Frosting:

16 oz. Pillsbury™ Filled Pastry Bag in Cream Cheese flavor

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes & Easiest Cream Cheese Frosting EVER! - learn to bake these delicious Fall treats for a party or dessert course! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

Directions:

Preheat your over to 350 degrees F or 200 degrees C. Line a baking sheet with sturdy cupcake baking cups.

In a large bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together (except the sugar) until combined. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together sugar and oil until well combined. Then add one egg at a time, whisking well after each addition.

Add the flour a little at a time to the sugar/egg mixture and whisk until fully combined. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk again.

Fill the baking cups ¾ full and bake for about 12 minutes. Turn the cupcake tray around to bake evenly, and bake for a further 5 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cupcakes.

Let the cupcakes cool on a wire rack.

When cooled, frost the cupcakes with the Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag frosting in Cream Cheese flavor, and sprinkle a little pumpkin spice on top. YUM!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes & Easiest Cream Cheese Frosting EVER! - learn to bake these delicious Fall treats for a party or dessert course! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

And there you have it! A tasty and super fun to make (and eat!) frosted cupcake.

If you want to try the  new Pillsbury™ Filled Pastry Bags, you can save $1 on any flavor with this Food Lion digital coupon.

Happy baking! :)


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