Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Mascarpone Cream Filling

Cuter than cute and perfectly portioned, pumpkin cupcakes make an adorable autumn treat. You will find mascarpone, a Italian triple-cream cheese, in the gourmet cheese case at your supermarket packaged in small plastic containers.



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Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 25 mins
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Ingredients
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    1   cup 
    all-purpose flour
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    3/4  teaspoon 
    baking powder
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    3/4  teaspoon 
    baking soda
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    3/4  teaspoon 
    ground cinnamon
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1/8  teaspoon 
    ground nutmeg
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    1/8  teaspoon 
    ground cloves
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    2   
    eggs, lightly beaten
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    2/3  cup 
    canned pumpkin
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    1/3  cup 
    granulated sugar
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    1/3  cup 
    packed brown sugar
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    1/3  cup 
    vegetable oil
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    1/3  cup 
    golden raisins
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    1/4  cup 
    chopped walnuts
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    recipe Spiced Mascarpone Cream Filling
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    1/4  cup 
    crystallized ginger, finely chopped
Spiced Mascarpone Cream Filling
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    1/2  cup 
    mascarpone cheese
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    6   tablespoons 
    butter
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    ground cinnamon
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    ground ginger
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    2   cups 
    powdered sugar
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    1   tablespoon 
    milk (optional)


Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups; set aside.
2.
In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. In a large bowl combine eggs, pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil; whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, one-third at a time, stirring just until combined after each addition. Stir in raisins and walnuts. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each two-thirds full.
3.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire rack.
4.
When cupcakes are cool, split each one horizontally in half. Spread Spiced Mascarpone Cream Filling over bottom halves of cupcakes; place top halves of cupcakes on filling. Spread filling on tops of cupcakes; sprinkle with crystallized ginger.
Spiced Mascarpone Cream Filling
1.
Allow mascarpone cheese and butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large mixing bowl combine mascarpone cheese, butter, cinnamon, and ginger. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well. If necessary, beat in enough milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make filling spreading consistency.

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 353, Fat, total (g) 19, chol. (mg) 63, sat. fat (g) 7, carb. (g) 45, Monosaturated fat (g) 7, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 31, pro. (g) 5, vit. A (IU) 2283.74, vit. C (mg) 2.36, Thiamin (mg) 0.1, Riboflavin (mg) 0.14, Niacin (mg) 0.99, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.06, Folate (g) 28.22, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0.12, sodium (mg) 213, Potassium (mg) 201, calcium (mg) 50.48, iron (mg) 1.8, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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