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Thanksgiving Inspired Gold Table Decor {Dinner Party}

Fall Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Happy Monday, my friends! On Saturday I hosted a dinner party with my closest friends and today I’m sharing all the party details, from table decor to our main course.

Fall Thanksgiving TablescapeI recently had the opportunity to try the new Land O’ Lakes Saute Express Saute Starter kits and I hosted a dinner party with my closest friends to test them out. We made an easy skillet lasagna recipe adapted from the Land O’ Lakes website.

I never pass up an opportunity to create a tablescape, this small gathering was no exception. With Thanksgiving right around the corner I wanted to create gold Thanksgiving inspired table settings and decor. My favorite were these DIY napkin rings made with Christmas floral picks. Wait a minute..I’m sharing a Thanksgiving idea before Halloween using Christmas decor? You bet I am! Even though the floral picks were part of the Christmas decor I couldn’t help think they’d work beautifully in a Fall tablescape.

DIY Thanksgiving Napkin RingsMy idea of the perfect Fall table was to fill it with metallic gold pumpkins and accents. I used a fake 50 cent pumpkin I thrifted and spray painted it with gold spray paint. I then took two small (real) pumpkins and painted those as well. I love how simple they are but make a big impact on the burlap table runner. I also used gold votive holders, gold glittered pinecones, and a gold Christmas garland as a filler.

DIY Metallic Gold Pumpkin This was my first time using Land O Lakes seasoned butters and they were perfect for our dinner party. I created a skillet lasagna with the Italian Herb butter, found at Walmart. Cooking with them was simple, I melted the butter then sauteed my meat into it. The butters give the meat flavor with out having to add a long list of seasonings. We also tried the lemon pepper butter with chicken and shrimp, it’s definitely a new favorite around here!

Saute Express Recipe

Thanksgiving Inspired Gold Table Decor {Dinner Party}

Ingredients

  1. 2 1/2 cups bowtie pasta
  2. 2 Land O Lakes Italian Herb Saute Express Squares.
  3. 1 lb lean ground beef
  4. 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  5. 1 tsp chopped basil
  6. 1 carrot, chopped or peeled into strips.
  7. 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  8. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  9. Pinch of salt and pepper.

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, set aside.
  2. Melt Saute Express butter in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brown ground beef in skillet (do not drain).
  3. Add diced tomatoes (not drained) spinach, basil, carrot, salt and pepper into skillet. Cook 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add cooked pasta; stir until well mixed.
  5. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and continue cooking without stirring for 2-3 minutes.
http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/10/thanksgiving-inspired-gold-table-decor-dinner-party.html

Skillet LasagnaI was impressed with how easy the butters are to cook with. The only changes I might make next time to the recipe is to add more cheese on top, maybe another can of diced tomatoes and reserve a portion of the dish for the kids without the basil. They did however like the spinach and the carrots mixed in. I might even add zucchini in there next time as well. Overall the butter added a nice flavor and made dinner so much easier.

So here’s a little blogger insight ..it’s pretty difficult to keep a straight face trying to photograph your friends eating. They’re used to me documenting everything but we might have had way more outtakes then decent pictures to share. They kept laughing which then made me laugh and the camera shake. It’s always a great time having them over!

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Thanksgiving Gold Table Settings

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Spicy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

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Spicy slow cooker pumpkin chili – a blend of fall spices with a kick of spicy chili powder and red peppers.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili  
Saturday morning the older two kids left with grandma to visit their great grandmother in northern California. That left the hubs, the little guy and I to spend all weekend together. Every time it’s the three of us we have THE BEST time. The little one is perfect when it’s just him and he enjoys the alone time with us. Saturday morning we painted the house, had a little paint catastrophe, then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the beautiful fall weather. It was a cool Saturday and the husband mentioned making soup for dinner. Since it was still early in the day I thought it would be great to make pumpkin chili in the slow cooker. Now the boys don’t usually like pumpkin but this chili recipe was a hit!

It’s a sweet and spicy blend with mixed beans, bell peppers, pumpkin puree, and tomatoes. The recipe includes pumpkin pie spice which my husband prefers I leave out every time I make it, but I think it gives it a great flavor. It has everything you can think of in a fall recipe. Slow cooker chili? Check. Pumpkin? Check. Pumpkin pie spice? Check. I decided to have a little fun with the meal by serving the chili in tiny pumpkins.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

I found these small pumpkins at Save Mart last week. I believe they’re called Pee Wee pumpkins, they’re slightly larger than mini pumpkins but smaller than a pie pumpkin. If you live near a Save Mart check them out, the pumpkins are about a dollar and are perfect for Fall entertaining. You could decorate your thanksgiving table with them or used them as a soup bowl like I did with the chili.

I washed the pumpkins then carved the tops off. Once the pumpkins were cleaned out I filled them with the chili then topped it with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.

Spicy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1 can diced tomatoes
  4. 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  5. 1 can tomato sauce
  6. 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  7. 1 can red kidney beans
  8. 1 can black beans
  9. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  10. 2-3 tbsp chili powder
  11. 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  12. 1 tsp cumin
  13. 1 red and yellow bell pepper, chopped
  14. Pinch of salt and pepper
  15. Garnish with sour cream and cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet brown ground beef or turkey. Drain fat and transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours in slow cooker.
  4. Garnish with sour cream and shredded cheese.

Notes

Optional: add hot sauce to the slow cooker for a spicier chili.

http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/10/spicy-slow-cooker-pumpkin-chili.html

If you’d like a spicier chili add a tablespoon or two of hot sauce, which will give it an extra kick.

Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Chili

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Halloween Decorations

Creative Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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With the first week of October behind us I took this opportunity to motivate myself to finally finish decorating for Halloween. I have a few Halloween vignettes around the house, surprisingly overshadowing my Fall decor. Today I’m sharing my console table Halloween decorations made with a few American Crafts kits available at Target.

Table Halloween Decorations

The first part of my decor was the Black & White Glam Pumpkin which sits on a piece of wood from the craft store. I couldn’t decide whether to make this the centerpiece or keep it on the side, I must have changed the display at least 4-5 times!

Creative Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Halloween Decorating Ideas

I also placed our Trick or Treat printable Halloween countdown next to some potion bottles. I made these using American Crafts stickers found in the scrapbook aisle at Target. They have a great assortment of Halloween craft kits, including a wreath, place cards, and a banner kit. There’s also two packs of Halloween washi tape, epoxy stickers, and a paper pad. You can only find these exclusively at Target!

Happy Halloween Banner

The banner was SO easy to put together! Everything you need is inside, including the string, all you do is peel and stick the letters onto the pennant flags. Seriously, so cute and easy!

I wish I could say I made this adorable subway art sign but I bought it for around $12. It was the perfect height as the centerpiece for the table.

Halloween Subway Art

When I first began thinking of my Halloween decor this year I envisioned a glitz and glam look, but as time went on I found myself using more rustic elements. It became an eclectic mix of rustic, glam, and glitter decor. To finish the table I added rustic twig and white pumpkins along the center. I also used a burlap table runner, black netting, and spiders scattered throughout the table.

Pumpkin Decorations

You can see how I used the sticker labels to create an apothecary jar display in our post from a few weeks ago. I still have the display, minus the two bottles I moved to the table and I added a few creepy plastic bugs as a filler.

Halloween Apothecary Jars with Glow in the dark slime recipe

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Maple Glazed Apple Doughnuts

Maple Glazed Apple Doughnuts Recipe

Can you feel it? Fall is in the air! The chilly breeze, pumpkin scented candles, and colorful leaves are here. Ready for another Fall dessert? Today I’m sharing maple glazed apple doughnuts, as well as a recipe for cinnamon sugar apple doughnuts!

Maple Glazed Apple Doughnuts Recipe I sit here staring at the screen reminiscing of enjoying these tasty doughnuts. I’m already looking forward to making them again. The dough is a basic cake doughnut base with finely chopped apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The real star of the show is the maple glaze. It’s a pure maple syrup glaze made with confectioners sugar and milk for dipping consistency. We made cinnamon sugar apple doughnuts as well. Some like the maple glaze and others prefer cinnamon sugar topping so it’s a win-win.

Next week we’re headed to Apple Hill in Northern California, the home of the most delicious apple desserts I have ever tasted. I can hardly wait! We have a picnic in this small, beautiful park that rests on a hill. We pull out a large blanket, spread out our picnic food, and watch the kids run up and down the hill. You’ll find me with my camera in hand capturing beautiful memories I will always treasure.

Grab a hot cup of coffee and enjoy an apple doughnut this weekend. Add a classic cinnamon sugar topping or pure maple syrup glaze and enjoy!

Apple Doughnuts from apumpkinandaprincess.com

Maple Glazed Apple Doughnuts

Yield: 16

Ingredients

  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 2/3 cup milk
  7. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 2/3 cup sugar
  10. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup chopped granny smith apples
  12. Vegetable oil for frying
  13. Maple Glaze:
  14. 1 cup confectioners sugar
  15. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  16. 1-2 tsp milk
  17. Cinnamon sugar topping
  18. 1/2 cup white sugar
  19. 1 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine 2 cups of flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. Combine milk and melted butter in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, and vanilla for 3 minutes. Slowly alternate adding flour and milk mixture to egg mixture.
  4. Stir in 1 cup of flour and apples.Cover and chill dough for 3 hours.
  5. Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/2 inch thick. Note: dough can be very sticky, add 1/2 cup of flour if needed. Cut dough with doughnut cutter, dipping into flour between cuts.
  6. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
  7. Fry 2-3 doughnuts at a time, frying 1 minute on each side.
  8. If using cinnamon sugar topping dip into sugar then transfer to wire rack to cool.
  9. Drain and cool on paper towels if glazing.
  10. If glazing, wait until doughnuts are completely cooled then dip into glazing or drizzle on top.
http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/10/maple-glazed-apple-doughnuts.html

For more fall dessert recipes try..

Toffee Caramel Apple Cake

Caramel Apple Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

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Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies make a great fall dessert for Fall parties, as Halloween treats, and picnics at the pumpkin patch! This muddy buddies recipe, also known as puppy chow, is filled with pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin spice M&M’s.

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

This recipe is perfect for Fall! We made it twice in September and I plan to make another batch next week for our trip to the pumpkin patch. We usually have a picnic out in the farm surrounded by corn mazes, wild flowers, and of course pumpkins! It’s a beautiful sight and to be honest one of biggest things I look forward to every year. I have close to 1,000 pictures from our pumpkin patch visits over the years. It’s definitely a tradition I want to remember forever! Over the years we’ve taken pumpkin muffins, pumpkin doughnuts, and even mini pumpkin pies. This year I think pumpkin spice muddy buddies will be the perfect treat to enjoy on our picnic.

I’ve been a little obsessed with muddy buddies lately. It’s a dangerous obsession! Especially since they’re so easy to make and one of my kids favorite treat. We adapt the recipe to every seasonal flavor we can and may or may not have already tried a few Christmas batches..oops! I think I first heard of muddy buddies on Jon & Kate plus 8. I remember Kate shaking a bag full of cereal with chocolate, powdered sugar and peanut butter inside. Yes, I religiously watched the show from their first documentary to the last episode! Were you a fan? Even though I only have a fraction of the kids she does I am far from being as organized as she is. I could definitely use her routine and planning skills!

I made note on the recipe card that if you prefer a stronger cinnamon flavor use cinnamon chex instead of the plain rice chex. Also, reduce the pumpkin pie spice to 2 teaspoons. If using plain rice chex add two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice then increase by a teaspoon or two to achieve desired pumpkin spice flavor.

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

Yield: 7 cups

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies - perfect for Halloween treats and fall picnics!

Ingredients

  1. 7 cups Rice Chex cereal
  2. 1 1/2 cups white chocolate
  3. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 2 tsp butter
  5. 3-4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and white chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave, stir until well combined.
  2. Pour half of the melted white chocolate and 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice onto the cereal, mix then pour the remaining chocolate and pumpkin pie spice. Continue stirring until Chex cereal is evenly coated.
  3. Coat cereal with powdered sugar. I start with 1 cup of powdered sugar and slowly add another 1/2 cup if desired.
  4. Spread onto a wax paper lined baking sheet, allow cereal to set.
  5. Enjoy!

Notes

For added cinnamon flavor you can use cinnamon chex cereal instead and reduce the pumpkin pie spice to 2 teaspoons.

http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/10/pumpkin-spice-muddy-buddies-recipe.html

For more Fall recipes try

Apple Pie Muddy Buddies

Apple Pie Muddy Buddies

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Toffee Caramel Apple Cake

Caramel Apple Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub

If you’ve been following along this year you know that I love a good homemade sugar scrub recipe. Today I’m sharing another scrub recipe and quite possibly my favorite to date! This homemade pumpkin spice latte sugar scrub is perfect for fall. It’s infused with a pumpkin, coffee, and cinnamon scent that will remind you of a pumpkin spice latte!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub

If we’re friends in real life you know that I’m completely obsessed with Starbucks. When pumpkin spice lattes arrive every year you can guarantee I’m waiting in line on the first day. I wanted to combine two of my favorite fall scents, coffee and pumpkin, into a sugar scrub that I could enjoy over the Fall. This scrub recipe turned out exactly like i imagined, smelling amazing and leaving my hands feeling moisturized.

Not only is making your own sugar scrubs cost effective but they’re easily adaptable to everyone’s preference. My suggestion is to play around with the ingredients until you find the scent and texture of your liking. I like a less oily scrub but you could easily increase the almond oil for a thinner scrub texture. Also, adjust the pumpkin spice and cinnamon by a tsp or two if you prefer a stronger scent.

This scrub has a variety of beneficial nutrients for your skin. The sugars help exfoliate dead skin cells while the vitamin e oil and almond oil nourish dry skin.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Homemade pumpkin spice sugar scrub infused with a pumpkin, cinnamon, and coffee scent.

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  4. 1 tbsp ground coffee
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 cup Almond oil
  7. 1 tsp vitamin e oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine brown and white sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and ground coffee.
  2. In a small bowl whisk almond oil and vitamin e oil, pour into sugar mixture. Mix until well combined.
  3. Store in air tight container.
http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/09/pumpkin-spice-latte-sugar-scrub-recipe.html

 

For more of my favorite DIY beauty products check out…

Lemon soap recipe

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Lemon Sugar Scrub

homemade lemon sugar scrub

Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub

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Fall Party {Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe}

Decorating with pumpkins - fall tablescape

This post is brought to you by Collective Bias and M&M’s.
Fall is in the air! Chilly nights, comfy scarves, pumpkins, colorful leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes have arrived and what better way to celebrate this beautiful season than with a Fall party.

Decorating with pumpkins - fall tablescapeLast Friday we hosted a Fall party to celebrate, in my opinion, the most beautiful season. I truly love everything about Fall. Pumpkin decor, pumpkin patch visits, caramel apples, pumpkin recipes, and of course chilly nights with beautiful sunsets. On Friday our neighbors, my best friend and her daughter joined us for an evening of harvest fun. We ordered pizza then had a variety of treats displayed on our Fall tablescape.

We made our favorite peanut butter cookie recipe filled with chocolate chips and peanut butter M&M’s…mmm have you tried these? Even though they’re sold year round I mainly eat them in the Fall-Winter in their holiday colors. They’re my weakness every single time I go to the store. This peanut butter cookierecipe is soft and chewy, the peanut butter M&M’s are the perfect addition to the cookie.

Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

M&M's Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup peanut butter (we use extra crunchy)
  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  10. 1 cup Peanut Butter M&M's
  11. 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer beat together butter and peanut butter.
  2. In a small bowl combine granulated and brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Add to peanut butter mixture, beat until well combined.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly incorporated flour until well combined.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and M&M's.
  6. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper or use an ungreased baking sheet.
  8. Use a cookie scoop to make 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart.
  9. Slightly press down on cookies; bake for 10-12 minutes.
  10. Allow cookies to cool for 3 minutes then transfer to wire cookie rack to cool completely.

Notes

Peanut butter cookie dough recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.

http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/09/fall-party-tablescape-recipes-games.html

We enjoyed cold apple cider floats in apple cups. These were a kid-favorite! To make them I used an apple cider recipe from Mott’s apple juice, hallowed out for the inside of an apple, and topped it with vanilla ice cream.

Apple Cider Floats

Fall Party – Tablescape, Recipes, & Games

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 gallon Mott's Apple Juice
  2. 2 cinnamon sticks
  3. 2 whole cloves
  4. 2 allspice berries or whole nutmeg
  5. 1/2 orange peel, cut into strips
  6. 1/2 lemon peel, cut into strips
  7. vanilla ice cream
  8. cinnamon for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Pour apple juice into a large pot or slow cooker.
  2. Place spices and peels into a cheesecloth; drop cheesecloth into apple juice.
  3. If using a regular pot heat just short of a boil, if using a slow cooker heat for 2 hours.
  4. Allow cider to cool.
  5. Cut the top of an apple and hallow out the center.
  6. Fill apple with cider and top with a tablespoon of ice cream.
  7. Garnish with cinnamon.

Notes

Cider recipe from Mott's.

http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/09/fall-party-tablescape-recipes-games.html

I also made the Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Spiced Maple Frosting that I shared yesterday.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

I may have gone all over town looking for real pumpkins before our party. Our stores haven’t placed their pumpkin displays yet and I couldn’t host a fall party without real pumpkins. Luckily one store in town had a small selection available. I displayed them around the table and in wire baskets. I loved them so much that I kept them in the baskets to decorate my house over the weekend.

At night we took the kids outside for a game of Pumpkin Bowling. My kids LOVE this game! Every year I make this game and somehow it disappears from our garage..I think the hubs might have something to do with that. HA! To make the game I used plastic root beer bottles that I spray painted then added black vinyl for the eyes and mouth. Even though I’ve made these several times I always forget to apply a sealant like polyurethane to keep the paint from chipping so quickly. I plan to apply another coat so the kids can continue playing this game over the next month.Pumpkin bowling

Our fall tablescape was filled with natural elements like wood plaques as serving plates, orange mums, wheat, pumpkins, and twig pumpkins. It was a great way to welcome fall!

For more Fall ideas visit the M&M’s Fall Baking Pinterest Board.

Fall Tablescape

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Maple-Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Now that it’s officially Fall I’m ready for all things pumpkin! Pumpkin recipes, desserts, soups, pumpkin decorating, and pumpkin patch visits. Today I’m sharing an easy pumpkin spice cupcake recipe topped with pumpkin spice maple frosting.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Here in central California we usually get a pretty late fall, I’m talking about sometimes high 90s at the end of October..not cool. On Saturday mother nature was kind to us with low 70 degree weather. There was even a light drizzle and chilly breeze. It was pure bliss. The smell of rain on my morning run reminded me of chilly fall days cuddling up on the couch with a good movie and a pumpkin dessert. Luckily I had these maple-pecan pumpkin spice cupcakes waiting for me at home. I know, I know very counterproductive but I did wait until after lunch. That makes it OK, right?

The cupcakes were left over from a Fall party we hosted on Friday night. Our neighbors, my best friend and her daughter came over and we had a blast! I’ll share pictures soon. I kept it simple with easy fall desserts like these cupcakes. They were inspired by a sweet potato cupcake recipe in one of my favorite magazines, Celebrate. I knew I had to give them try especially with the maple frosting. This pumpkin cupcake recipe starts with a spice cake mix, it’s filled with puree pumpkin, chopped pecans, then topped with a pumpkin pie spice maple buttercream frosting that is to die for. The cupcakes are great but the frosting, oh the frosting is a must try! I could eat it with a spoon straight from my stand mixer.

Maple-Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Ingredients

  1. 1 box spice cake mix
  2. 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  3. 3/4 cup whole buttermilk
  4. 1/4 vegetable oil
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  7. For the Spice Maple Buttercream
  8. 1 8oz package cream cheese
  9. 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  10. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  11. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  12. 1/8 tsp salt
  13. 5-6 cups confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together pumpkin puree, buttermilk, oil, and eggs. Slowly add in spice cake mix. Whisk together until well combined.
  3. Use a cookie or ice cream scoop to evenly distribute batter into cupcake liners.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Allow cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to wire cooling racks.
  6. Once cooled frost with Spice Maple Buttercream.
  7. *For the frosting:
  8. In a stand mixer or large bowl beat cream cheese and softened butter until creamy. Gradually add maple syrup.
  9. Add pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  10. Slowly add confectioners sugar one cup at a time. Beat until smooth.
  11. Pipe cupcakes and top with chopped pecans.
http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/09/maple-pecan-pumpkin-spice-cupcakes-recipe.html

The chopped pecans give a great texture, the maple frosting with pumpkin pie spice complement the pumpkin and pecans well. I foresee myself baking these cupcakes a lot over the next few months!

More fall recipe inspiration…

Toffee Caramel Apple Cake Caramel Apple Cake Recipe

Apple Pie Muddy Buddies

Apple Pie Muddy Buddies

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting