Warm Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes Anyone?
Warm Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes Anyone?

Warm Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes Anyone?

In my part of the world it’s spring at the moment. That might sound wonderful but the seasons haven’t quite changed yet and I’m still waiting on some warmer weather.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Meanwhile I have been watching my American friends snuggle up with delicious fall recipes, and I have been craving something warm and comforting. These warming spiced pumpkin cupcakes have been calling my name, whispering to me in that teasing way the delicious desserts do.

Pumpkin Muffins w Struesel Topping

Pumpkin Muffins w Struesel Topping

Each Friday on Gourmet Getaways I like to do a post I call Alfresco Friday. It’s the day I provide you with a yummy, portable recipe and suggest readers pack their picnic basket and head out to enjoy a secret spot in the outdoors over the weekend. Given the current chill in the air I decided that if we braved the outdoors it should be with a basket full of hot spiced pumpkin cupcakes.  Naturally I will be bringing a thermos of hot chocolate for the kids and a nice strong coffee for me.

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins foodgawker

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins foodgawker

So where are we off to this weekend, I hear you asking? I have it from some very reliable sources that a large number of whales are migrating of the coast of Coffs Harbour at them moment. I’ve been told they have been seen quite close to Mutton Bird Island recently. So on the weekend we will be taking our picnic basket and a blanket to the beach and walking up Mutton Bird Island.

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

Mutton Bird Island is actually attached to the Coffs Harbour Jetty Marina, so although it’s called an island there will be no swimming required to get there thankfully! Here we hope to find a good whale watching vantage point. Even if we don’t spot a whale, it’s such a relaxing place to sit and watch the sea, and with some warm cupcakes it will be a blissfully relaxing way to start the weekend.

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

In Coffs Harbour we are able to see the Whale migration from May through to November each year. Charter operators provide whale watching cruises which leave from the marina near Mutton Bird island, but often whales and dolphins can be seen quite close to the island.

Pumpkin Cakes

Pumpkin Cakes

Hopefully today’s Alfresco Friday recipe will be one you can enjoy regardless of the season in your part of the world.

 

Warm Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes Anyone?
Recipe Type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Julie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Cake Batter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 200gm pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • (may need 2 Tbs milk)
  • Streusel Topping
  • 2 Tbs cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbs butter, diced
  • 1 tbsp oats
  • 2 Tbs pecan nuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • Glaze
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • a little water to glaze
Instructions
Streusel Topping
  1. Make the topping first.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, using a fork or your hands to make rough crumbs. Reserve for later.
Cake Batter
  1. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  2. With a stick blender is a separate bowl, beat the egg, oil, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree together until combines.
  3. Slowly combine the flour mixture and wet mixture, stirring to just combine.
  4. If your pumpkin is quite dry you made need 2 or 3 TBS of milk.
  5. Grease a muffin pan and fill each section a little more than half way.
  6. Top each unbaked muffin equally with the streusel crumbs.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
Glaze
  1. Combine the icing with water and drizzle over the cupcakes.

As a side note to Australian readers, we don’t get Pumpkin Spice Mix in Australia but it’s so easy to make your own.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix


I have included the recipe for readers.

Pumpkin Spice Blend
Recipe Type: Spice Blend
Cuisine: American
Author: Julie
Prep time:
Total time:
This spice blend goes so well with all your sweet pumpkin recipes.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Place all spices in a spice jar and shake to combine.

Happy weekend dear readers!

Pumpkin Streusel Cupcakes

Pumpkin Streusel Cupcakes

If I get any whale photos I will add them to the story, or put them on the FB page.

If you would like to link up to my Alfresco Friday story each week with a picnic, BBQ or cocktail recipe, please feel free to add the link below. We will make a party out of it xx

Spiced Pumpkin Muffin with Pecan Streusel Topping

Spiced Pumpkin Muffin with Pecan Streusel Topping

Are you doing anything special this weekend readers?

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Comments

  1. Whale watching sounds like fun and these muffins would definitely hit the spot. Since we’re just ending summer here in Alabama (USA), the temperatures are beginning to get a bit cooler at night. I’ve fixed a bowl of Homemade Potato Salad that would be great for a picnic. Since the CommentLuv widget doesn’t seem to like me, I’m adding my link here. Looking forward to seeing photos of the whales.
    http://thesurprisedgourmet.com/2015/09/11/homemade-potato-salad/

  2. Yummies!!! I love pumpkin flavoured cupcakes!!

  3. Yes please!! These look delicious.

    Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  4. So yummy! I’ll try this one. I make a similar version but with a citrus dressing 🙂

  5. Seeing as you are offering it would be rude to refuse one of these lush-looking cakes! Pumpkin in baked goods is my bff.

  6. These sound incredible. Spiced pumpkin is such a good combo and streusel topping gets me every time!

  7. loved this , you should add it to our link party

    http://mountaintopchef.blogspot.com/2015/09/friday-finds-1.html

  8. I want it ! This looks terrific ! Coffs Harbour must be so nice!

  9. Now I’m starting to crave some Pumpkin Pie, as we move towards November Thanksgiving time (and then there are the Starbuck’s Pumpkin lattes on offer, but I think I’ll give those a miss)! The icing on these cupcakes looks extra delicious.

  10. Pumpkin cupcakes?! Yum. I can sure tell my mum that it is important to have some pumpkins in my muffins next time 😛

  11. Oh yes! This would suit me very very nicely… and I’m sure the kids would enjoy them too. Hot chocolate in a flask for them also sounds a treat. I sometimes take out a flask of tea but hot choc sounds much more appealing. Hooray for the holidays starting tomorrow.

  12. oh my god , how they look , awesome .
    want some 🙂

  13. Making these tomorrow! Question: I’m assuming the amount of brown sugar in the streusel in 2 Tbsp and not 2 cup?

  14. It’s spring here too, but I think pumpkin (or butternut squash which is what I usually use) is amazing year round! These look and sound perfect for a morning snack!

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