Moist Pumpkin Cupcakes

Let me tell you, I’m not a whiz in the kitchen. I love good food and I love cooking, but my mom’s the goddess and I never inherited that trait. Sometimes I’ll have a stroke of genius and concoct some ingenious recipe by throwing things into the pan (wok/pot/oven/slow cooker), but that’s rare. There’s a handful of recipes that I am naturally good at, but I can’t cook those every day and some of those take a lot of preparation. And money.

I’ve been on a pumpkin spice roll ever since I got addicted to that pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. Somehow I thought it would be a good idea to deviate from the cake mix and make pumpkin spice cupcakes from scratch. It sounded easy enough in theory: a can of pumpkin, flour, sugar, and some spices.

Somehow I didn’t realize that the recipe would involve a hand mixer and some stubborn butter that would not soften no matter how long I left it at room temperature. Then after I had pour the batter into my cupcake liners I realized that I forgot to add milk. After I added milk and put them in the oven I realized that I had mixed two recipes together and the one I was using didn’t call for any milk at all, but it was already in there. Oops. Too late. Despite all that these turned out DELICIOUS. Its a very moist cupcake even though its a bit heavy (probably because of the pumpkin). Expect the battery to be semi-runny instead of goopy like other cupcake batters. Enjoy!

Cupcake Ingredients (18 cupcakes):

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • OR 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • OR 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon 5 spice powder OR another 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon fresh ginger OR 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup), softened
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup milk
  1. Preheat your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Finely mince your fresh ginger. If you’re not using fresh ginger then use ginger powder.
  3. Mix together the flour, spices, salt, baking powder/soda, and the fresh/powdered ginger. Set this aside. Continue reading