Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Pumpkin Mousse Frosting
Why I Love This Recipe
I've had this jar of Libby's pumpkin puree in my cupboard a long time, saving it for the perfect recipe. (Don't worry, it hasn't expired yet!) I decided the perfect recipe for it would include cupcakes. And something that tasted like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies-my favorite! So I planned my recipe and today I discovered a bonus! Libby's is having a contest through Bakespace, and the winner gets a Kitchen-Aid mixer...and gets to choose the color! YES!
So the background is...I've been on a quest to get on the Ellen DeGeneres show. I've made lots of cupcakes in her honor and the show has contacted me twice. One of the things they asked me was if I had a Kitchen-Aid mixer and I told them no, so they asked what color I would pick if I got one. So there has been a joke on my blog that Ellen is going to give me a Kitchen-Aid. It's wishful thinking of course, since I haven't heard anything more from them. I figured I'd take matters into my own hands and enter this contest!
Ingredients You'll Need
1 Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix
2 cups Libby's Pure Pumpkin
4 medium eggs (all I had was med., you could substitute 3 large eggs)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup Nestle mini chocolate chips
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 package Jello Instant vanilla pudding
1 1/2 cups Libby's Pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup whipped cream
Circus peanuts for head
Mini chocolate chips for eyes (stick on with mousse)
Orange Slices candy for feathers
Add everything to a mixing bowl except the chocolate chips.
Beat for 2 minutes.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Makes 24 mouth-watering, moist, eat-so-many-you-will-gain-1o-pounds cupcakes!
Whip 2 cups heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form.
Add 1 package vanilla pudding and beat in. (On second thought, you may want to fold it in, but I beated it in, which is probably why it started to look weird. But it comes out yummy, I promise!)
Add pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and gradually beat in powdered sugar.
Fold in 1 cup whipped cream.