Take to the Table Tuesday: Fall For Sugar & Spice Cupcakes

by Mindy Lockard on September 22, 2010

Today’s Take to the Table Tuesday is inspired by a darling knotty and nesting expert, Sarah Newell.

When I say she’s knotty, I mean professionally speaking. Oh that didn’t sound right… let me rephrase it. Sarah is the lifestyle editor for The Knot and more specifically The Nest.

Anyway, Sarah mentioned how much she loved these little “pumpkin spice” numbers, or should I say nummers…
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and let me tell you, they were love at first bite. A bite that sent my fall baking wheels into overdrive.

On top of a pumpkin cookie…

or, a pumpkin cupcake…

better yet, inside warm gingerbread.  That’s it!

This new little creation unwraps all of the sweet flavors of fall. 

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First, we start with my fall dessert secret (or now not-so-secret) weapon. I’ve tried to master the art of gingerbread but nothing has come close to this little Betty’s.

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Next, fill the bottoms of a mini cupcake pan with the gingerbread batter…

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add a pumpkin spice kiss…

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and so those little kisses don’t feel too exposed, cover with another dollop of batter and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

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Cool and frost with our Maple ‘n Spice frosting (see recipe below.)

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Our favorite part of these sweet treats is just when you think you’ve tasted all that fall has to offer, there’s a little surprise in the middle that spices things ups!

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We hope you love them as much as we do, and if gingerbread isn’t your thing, try it with your favorite chocolate cake recipe.  Oh friends, the possiblities are endless!  Enjoy.

Maple ‘n Spice Frosting

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In a food processor add:
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup (Real is always better)
1/2 teaspoon All Spice

Blend. If necessary, slowly add more syrup to sweeten the frosting.

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Liz@HoosierHomemade 09.22.10 at 6:36 am

Those look divine! I havent seen those kisses yet…I need to search for them!
Thanks for sharing!
~Liz

Danielle 09.22.10 at 8:12 am

Great idea! Must try these. Your blog is fantastic…so happy I finally clicked over from twitter! xxx

sarah 09.23.10 at 4:58 am

I think the pumpkin spice hershey kiss has found its destiny! Those look amazing.

Thanks for the tip about betty crocker’s gingerbread mix. I’m a believer in using cake mixes too!

ashley 09.23.10 at 6:52 pm

I’m DYING to make these but I’ve been to three stores (like the kind that have a legit Halloween candy section!) and can’t find the pumpkin spice kisses anywhere! Help!

Elizabeth Howard 09.26.10 at 6:22 pm

What a wonderfully easy fall recipe! Thanks for sharing!

sarah 09.30.10 at 8:26 am

Try amazon.com when all else fails. They’re a hot commodity!

pam 10.04.10 at 7:30 am

please tell me where you found pumpkin kisses i have looked everywhere, HELP

Julia 10.07.10 at 6:05 am

HELLO! I’m your newest subscriber and can’t believe I haven’t stumbled on you before. {that sounds painful for you} Anyway, I enjoyed so much going through your blog and finding all sorts of tidbits … keep em coming! Enjoy the fall season … jules

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