Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream

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When I was young, I wanted to be Barbie.  I really did.  I wanted those long, flowing locks, that small waist and those feet in a perpetual high-heeled stance.  She had the coolest clothes, a camper, a jeep and a 3 story town home too!  She had a spunky sister named Skipper and Ken, the handsome surfer beau.  Her life was perfect.

I did manage to accumulate lots of Barbie clothes.  I did not however have the camper, the jeep, the Corvette or the town home.  I had to sponge off friends whose parents loved them.  Instead, I used my shoes for cars, boxes, books,  cups and whatever else I could find to be Barbie’s home and furnishings.  With me, Barbie lived “modestly”.   Regardless of the make-shift accessories, I could play Barbie’s for HOURS!!! I think my record was 15 hours straight, stopping only to sleep!  I would play with friends or solo.  I had no problem playing all the characters in Barbie’s dramatic life at once.  It was a thrill to come up with new scenarios and clothing to match.  I watched a lot of All My Children with my mom as a kid, so I had a terrific understanding of the “real world”.   Ha!

I can’t remember when I actually hung up Barbie’s heels and retired her shoe box house. Probably by the time I got to the 7th grade.  That kind of play isn’t cool anymore.

I have two girls of my own.   My oldest, Ellie,  never got into the whole Barbie thing.  I was sort of happy about it to be honest.  My mom had saved all my dolls and gave them to Ellie, who promptly played hairstylist and chopped all their hair!  My youngest daughter Lucy does enjoy playing with Barbie.  She’ll set up the house (I HAD to buy one) and play quietly for a fair amount of time.  No marathon sessions, but she can play alone.  The thing is, I secretly pray she doesn’t ask me to play with her.  As an adult, I LOATHE playing Barbies!!! No one should look like that, no one’s life is that perfect and I’m not fond of all that pink!!  Plus I do believe I’ve lost the ability for creative play.  I can’t create the drama like I used to.  I’m too jaded, too wise boring, too impatient.

I know not everyone is fond of Barbie for all she represents in our society.  But I’m happy to have a few dolls around for my daughter to play creatively.  I’ll be very proud when I catch Barbie driving one of Lucy’s shoes!!

I no longer want to be Barbie.  After all, if I  had Barbie’s teeny waste, I’d probably never allow myself to eat these marvelous pumpkin ginger cupcakes!  Thank heavens I have a normal waist and don’t care about it expanding a little!  These pumpkin ginger cupcakes are really yummy!  They have lots of spice as I put in quite a bit of ginger.  You can scale back if ginger isn’t your thing.  I baked these in mini muffin tins, after all,  I said I didn’t mind my waist expanding A LITTLE!  The maple buttercream really balances the spices in the cupcake.  I used real maple syrup, you could use flavoring and then increase your milk.  But I find there really is no substitute for pure maple syrup!!!

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Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream
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Pumpkin cupcakes full of spice!! Each mini cupcakes is topped with sweet and smooth maple buttercream!
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 72
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 3.4 oz package butterscotch instant pudding mix
  • 2 t baking soda
  • ⅓ t salt
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ t ginger
  • ½ t allspice
  • ¼ t cloves
  • 1 cup butter, softenend
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 15oz can pumpkin puree
  • For the buttercream
  • 1 cup butter, softened and unsalted
  • 1 cup shortening
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup water or milk
  • 4 T pure maple syrup.
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 3 mini muffin tins with muffin cups. Set aside. In a bowl, combine flour, pudding, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and cloves. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer until creamy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time making sure to beat well after each addition. After the eggs have all been incorporated, add vanilla and pumpkin mixing until combine. Slowly add in dry ingredients until well mixed. Using a cookie scoop, fill each muffin tin. Bake for about 16 minutes. Remove. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to cooling racks. Frost with maple butter cream.
  2. For the buttercream
  3. Mix butter and shortening in a mixer until very creamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar mixing well after each addition. Add salt and vanilla. Slowly add water, adding more if consistency isn’t creamy enough. Add maple syrup. Again, add more if you want a stronger maple flavor.

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46 Responses

  1. OMG I absolutely LOVED this post! I too had so much fun playing with Barbies growing up. Alone or with friends. Me and my bff would put on tons of plays with Barbies. I’ll never forget the time we actually made a scary play called Dark Shadows (not knowing there was already a show out called that from back in the day) and had our parents and some friends come view it like an actual play! It was amazing. So many great memories of barbies. I liked to play with them outside too, in the snow, in the pool, and make them be on “adventures”. Oh, the memories you just brought back! So true (and sad) that as adults we no longer have the creative imagination for barbies like we used to… like you put it we are too jaded and have lived too much life I guess. The innocence and imagination and freedom from childhood, I miss. This post was so nicely written! And I love how you segued into the cupcakes. Which I MUST make btw. I am craving pumpkin right now and that buttercream… oh dear word! I love you for this post! :)

    • Ha I remember Dark Shadows!!! How funny! Thanks for your kind words Desi!! I’m glad you enjoyed reading my babble! But I’m also so happy to have found another person who loved playing Barbies as much as me!!! And your right, I’m not sure I have the imagination anymore. So sad. Thanks for checking this out Desi!

  2. Oh and your photo looks so good! That buttercream is piped on there so perfectly :)

  3. Oh man, I wanted to be Barbie SO bad! I still wouldn’t mind if I had her hair–so shiny :) beats my little mane anyday haha. And I played with Barbies longer than I care to admit… sometimes even after seventh grade. Honestly, I took it as a “therapy” session where I could reenact situations from school through my dolls. It kind of helped me as a kid “brainstorm” comebacks to say to mean kids, or figure out solutions, both logical or “just run so& so over with the pink Corvette; that’ll show them!!” Haha. Moving onto these cupcakes which are definitely drool-worthy! That frosting sounds ridiculous! Pass the spoon!

    • At some point, it was just fun for me to dress Barbie in new clothes. I can think of kids I would love to have squashed with the pink corvette or the big camper!!! Thanks Hayley!

  4. My barbies lived mosestly too. Every year I made secret wishes to santa, but alas, no dream house for my barbie. I do remember having a strange oven/stove type thing….and maybe a vanity. I have two boys so no barbies in my future either. But I do love visiting the pink aisle to see all the fun sparkly boxes!!!

    • I’m done with Barbie that’s for sure! Although I have one boy who is into Legos and while that’s a better hobby, it is expensive and pieces are everywhere! Thanks for visiting!

  5. Hey Tanya, these look great! I love most anything with pumpkin. I was going to make pumpkin bread today, but I think I will make these.

    Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday, but we would ask that you display our link somewhere. Thanks so much.

    Good luck in the contest and don’t forget to come back on Sunday and vote for your favorite!

    • Thank you! I hope you let tell me how they turn out if you make them! I’ve added your link, sorry about that!

  6. Love pumpkin and these cupcakes look so good! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

  7. Sounds absolutely amazing!

  8. These look awesome and I could go for some now… but I will have to settle on licking the computer screen… Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and I will be sharing these on my facebook

    • If you are licking the computer, they must look good!! Thank you for the high praise!

  9. I LOVED barbies!! I was lucky enough to have sisters to play with though. We would play for quite a bit of time from what I can remember. This recipe looks fantastically yummy and perfect for fall.

    • My mom was lucky to have me occupied for so ling with Barbies!! Thanks for visiting Mandy!

  10. That buttercream looks stupendous! I saw it on the Foodie Friends Friday linky party and just had to click. Must make soon!

    • Thank you!!! Let me know if you try them! Thanks for visiting!

  11. Scrummers. I love pumpkin cupcakes. Made these last year and I’ve been waiting for this season to repeat. I like your maple buttercream idea! I will have to find some yummy maple syrup! Great recipe and thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday. Pinned!

    • I love pumpkin cupcakes too! I can eat a lot of these little ones! Pure maple syrup is a must! Thanks Becky!

    • Thank you for coming to check the out!

  12. Loved reading your thoughts on Barbie! And, a yummy recipe too?? Way fun post. I’ve had fun looking around your blog. I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ and share ‘Your Great Idea’ in the weekly link-up. Each week the two favorite links get shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and again on the blog…reaching over 13,000 readers, daily. I hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

    • Thanks for the invite! I joined the party today!

  13. Debbie

    If you don’t have access to the butterscotch instant pudding mix (I live in Ireland and they don’t have here), is there an appropriate substitute or will I have to wait until I visit my family in the States and stock up then?

    They look delicious!!

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