Pumking Pumpkin Cupcakes
I know it’s out of season, but pumpkin flavored everything is my favorite. I had this bottle of pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale sent over to me from my Buffalo BFF from last fall and wanted to put it to use. I had already drank the other bottle she sent me and it is one of my favorite pumpkin beers.
This beer is sweet and it smells just like pumpkin pie (another favorite of mine), so I thought it would be excellent in a cupcake. Throwing seasonal thoughts aside, I went out to procure a can of pumpkin. I have to say that canned pumpkin out of season is expensive, but totally worth it. I had left over cream cheese from the last cupcakes I made so I used that for the frosting.
While these cupcakes were in the oven my house smelled amazing. It was like pumpkin pie bliss in the kitchen. Once they were out and cooled I knew I wanted to make cream cheese frosting. Lately every time I have tried to make frosting, it kind of turns to more of an icing. I thought maybe if I could find a recipe without so much powdered sugar it would help, but I had trouble coming up with a good recipe without it. I came across a recipe that had butter in addition to the powdered sugar & cream cheese (and a little vanilla) and this frosting turned out to be amazing. Probably the best frosting I have ever created. I have some left over frosting and I will be surprised if it makes it through the week.
I’m sure I’m biased, but these cupcakes were so flippin great. I will make these again and again and again. I do have leftover pumpkin and I found a good sale on a different kind of pumpkin beer over the weekend. I may be the only one drinking a pumking ale in the spring, but I always have been a little different.