Sugar and Spice Cupcakes

by Jamie on October 22, 2012

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Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Today I’ve come together with a group of blogging friends to throw a virtual baby shower for the adorable, hilarious, and incredibly talented Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

If you follow Kristan’s blog, you might be aware of the fact she’s expecting baby Lucy in the near future. Kristan and her cutie patootie son, Jon David, have been keeping us updated with their awesome pregnancy pics which have proven that Kristan is pretty much the cutest pregnant mom in the entire world.

There are so many things that I simply adore about Kristan – her humor and mad baking skills definitely rank at the top of the list, but she’s also an incredibly awesome mom. And I honestly could not be more thrilled that she’s going to have beautiful baby girl to share her love of cupcakes, glitter and the color pink with.

Sugar and Spice Cupcakes are simple, yet incredibly perfect for so many occasions. And of course no cupcake for Kristan is complete without a little sprinkling of sparkle!

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Sugar and Spice Cupcakes

October 22nd, 2012

Yield: about 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time:

Ingredients:

1 (15.25 ounce) box Betty Crocker Yellow Cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tablespoon homemade pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup warm water
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Spiced Buttercream

2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1.5 pounds (about 5 3/4 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon homemade pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:

For the Cupcakes

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, water, eggs, and vanilla. Beat for about two minutes on medium speed until well combined.

3. Using a large cookie scoop, distribute the batter between 24 muffin wells; about 3 tablespoons of batter per well.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly touched. Allow cupcakes to cool inside muffin tins for about 10 minutes.

5. Remove cupcakes from muffin tins and allow to fully cool on a wire rack. Once cupcakes are cool, prepare your frosting.

For the Spiced Buttercream

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter medium-high speed for about 6 minutes.

2. Turn the mixer down to low speed and gradually add in the confectioners' sugar until it is completely incorporated. Add in pumpkin pie spice and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Gradually add in the heavy cream and mix until incorporated. Turn off the mixer and check the buttercream for taste and texture. Turn the mixer back up to medium-high speed and beat the mixture for about 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy. If the buttercream is a bit too thick, you add in a bit more heavy cream one teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

3. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and if desired, garnish with a sprinkling of coarse sparkling sugar.

Notes:

- This recipe is written for 15.25 ounce cake mixes. If you are using an 18.25 ounce cake mix, you'll want to increase the sour cream and vegetable oil to 1 cup each.
- A large French tip was used to pie the frosting.

Source: My Baking Addiction

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Amber October 22, 2012 at 7:31 am

Aww, I love this. Kristan is certainly full of sugar and spice and everything nice, so Lucy must be too. Love the cupcakes, Jamie!

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avatar TidyMom October 22, 2012 at 7:32 am

A sugar and spice cupcakes is perfect for Kristan and Lucy!! Beautiful too Jamie!!

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avatar Blog is the New Black October 22, 2012 at 7:52 am

So sweet, and great treat to bring! ;)

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avatar shelly (cookies and cups) October 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

Ooh, these cupcakes are perfect. Love that you started with a box mix… and that coarse sugar is such a sweet touch!

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avatar leslie October 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

Ohhhhhh the frosting sounds downright amazing!!!!!
I am sure Kristan would gobble these right up!

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avatar Maria October 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

The cupcakes are so pretty! Wish we could all celebrate in person-I want to taste one:)

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avatar Karly October 22, 2012 at 8:59 am

Oh, I love these! Simple flavor combos like this are always my favorite!

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avatar heather October 22, 2012 at 9:18 am

Yummy! And I love that extra sugar on top!

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avatar Shaina October 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

Spiced buttercream sounds to die for.

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avatar Cookbook Queen October 22, 2012 at 9:53 am

Jamie, that was seriously one of the sweetest things ever…you’ve got me crying all over my keyboard.
I am so glad that we have gotten to know each other over the years. Your talent always blows me away…you are such an inspiration!!

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avatar ThisBakerGirlBlogs October 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

They look delightful :)

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avatar Caroline @ chocolate & carrots October 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

Sugar and spice, and everything nice. This are perfect for Lucy, not to mention very fitting for this beautiful fall season! :D

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avatar Kristen October 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

Ahhhh – love the sugar and spice reference! Great cupcakes for such a sweet occasion!

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avatar Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers October 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

Ohh these are so cute and the name Sugar and Spice is so perfect!!

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avatar Glory/ Glorious Treats October 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Such a beatuiful post! The cupcakes are flawless (as always!), and the “sugar and spice” theme is so cute and perfect! Such a great idea!

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avatar teresa October 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Oh I’ve got to make some of the Homemade Pumpkin Spice!
These look scrumptious!
That frosting is lovely and I love the crystal sprinkles on top!
xo

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avatar bridget {bake at 350} October 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Sugar and spice! Love it!!! These are so beautiful! I think we were on the same wavelength as far as cupcake flavors go…I’m definitely going to add the pudding mix to mine next time!

Yay for Lucy!!!

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avatar Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Awwww what cute cupcakes for little baby Lucy :)

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avatar Adam October 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Yum! Kristan is going to love this. I love the addition of your homemade pumpkin pie spice.

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avatar Carlas Confections October 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

These look really fabulous, especially with the sugar sprinkles on top. Love the “bling” Congrats to Kristan as well :)

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avatar Girlnapurpledres October 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Love your photo!

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avatar Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen October 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I’ve really been enjoying this virtual baby shower.. if only there was a way for everything to be sent there! Imagine the surprise!!

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avatar Lisa Cornely October 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I am loving the presentation of these cupcakes. They look absolutely beautiful.

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avatar Karen @ Sugartown Sweets October 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm

These cupcakes look so yummy..the coarse sugar puts them over the top! :)

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avatar Darla | Bakingdom October 23, 2012 at 1:12 am

If these are half as tasty as they are pretty, then they must be amazing!

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avatar Alli October 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

These look scrumptious! I will definitely be making them soon!

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avatar Peggy October 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

These are too cute! And perfect for celebrating little baby Lucy!

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avatar Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Sugar and spice together is heaven! Yum!

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avatar Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen October 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

I love everything you all came up with! These sound delicious!

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avatar Caitlin December 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I made these for the staff at the hospital I work in and everyone loved them!!!! They looked so pretty and tasted even better! Thanks for the great recipe!

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avatar TheCakeStylist September 21, 2013 at 7:53 am

Tested and tried. I made this cupcakes for a baby shower. They were just delicious. Moist and tender… Full of flavor. For the frosting, I used cream cheese frosting and added the pumpkin spice to it. I got lots of compliments. Loved them!

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avatar Jamie September 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe! Pumpkin-spiced cream cheese frosting sounds amazing! Thank you so much for following MBA and have a wonderful day!

-Jamie

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