Oct
22
2012

Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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Desserts

Ahhhh, Fall baking is officially here.  There is nothing that makes me smile more than getting in the kitchen and baking with pumpkin.  It’s so cozy and fabulous.

I am celebrating this pretty little cupcake for my friend Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen‘s Virtual Baby Shower!  I got to meet Kristan at BlogHer Food this past summer and she is as sweet as I knew she’d be.   She is the cutest pregnant gal ever, can’t wait to see pics of her sweet Lucy.

I love being a part of this wonderful foodie community.  We have so much fun!

Let’s dig in to this cupcake shall we? :)

Here is your ingredient list.  I forgot to add the buttermilk in the photo, I blame it on my baby brain :) Also please note, you do not have to use Mocha Fudge brownie mix.  I was cleaning out my pantry :)  Regular brownie mix is what you should use.

 

This recipe could not be simpler.  Start adding your cupcake ingredients right to your mixer.  Any order you’d like.

A little vegetable oil and sour cream.

Buttermilk time!  You can use milk or even heavy cream if you are feeling crazy :)

Four lovely eggs.  I love these action egg shots :)

Add a can of pumpkin and you are ready to mix mix mix!

There you go, now let’s get them into the cups.

Fill them 3/4 full please :)

Ahhh, ready for the oven.

Not only are these perfectly soft and lovely, they make the house smell wonderful too.

Ok, time to make some ridiculously good vanilla bean buttercream while those cupcakes are cooling.

Break out your butter and powdered sugar.  Beat the butter until creamy then slowly add close to 4 cups of powdered sugar.

Take a vanilla bean, split in in half  and with the side/tip of your knife scrape out those fabulous vanilla seeds.  Put them right into your buttercream and give a good mix.  Here’s an example of what I’m talking about on This Week For Dinner Blog :)

There is nothing like fresh vanilla bean!  Makes the best frosting ever.

Here you have cutie patootie little cupcakes perfect for Fall baking and perfect for a Fall baby shower when you line them with colorful liners :)  How cute is the pretty little napkin my cupcakes are sitting on?!  Amanda brought it from Sweden for me.  Love it!

I had to show you a close up so you could see those fabulous vanilla bean seeds throughout the frosting :)  Enjoy friends!

Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes 4 Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/2 cups dry brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or regular milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin such as Libby’s
  • 2 sticks/1 cup unsalted softened butter
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line 24 cupcake cups with liners.
  2. Place cake mix, brownie mix, oil, sour cream, buttermilk, eggs and pumpking into stand mixer. Beat until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Scoop batter into lined cups 3/4 full. Bake for 22-27 minutes, until baked through. Remove and let cool completely.
  3. While cupcakes are cooling, place butter into stand mixer and beat until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar until you’ve got a nice consistency. Stir in vanilla bean seeds and milk until smooth. Frost over cupcakes and top with mini chocolate chips.

Makes 24 Servings

Make sure you check out what everyone else made for the shower!!

Cookies and Cups | Zebra Cake Cupcakes

The Hungry Housewife  | White Cupcakes 

She Wears Many Hats |  Pretty in Pink Party Marshmallows

Two Peas and Their Pod | Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes:

Bluebonnets and Brownies |  Apple Cider Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

My Baking Addiction | Sugar and Spice Cupcakes

Picky Palate | Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Blooming on Bainbridge | Twinkie Cupcakes with Pink Cherry Frosting

Food For My Family | Pomegranate and Lime Olive Oil Yogurt Cupcakes

Bakingdom |  Homemade Twinkie Cupcakes

Sprinkle Bakes | Princess Torte Cupcakes

Glorious Treats | Sweet Baby Cupcakes with Easy Fondant Toppers

Sweet Sugarbelle | Damask Cookies

Buns In My Oven | Maple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Dine and Dish | Neapolitan Cream Filled Cupcakes

Chocolate and Carrots | Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

Bake at 350 | Little Pumpkin Cupcakes

Living Locurto | Baby Shower Printables (coming soon)

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    The combo of pumpkin + brownies can do no wrong and then topped with Vanilla Bean Buttercream….Jenny they sound amazing! Feels like just yesterday I was posting for your shower. Time flies!

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    TidyMom says:

    I LOOOVE pumpkin and chocolate combo, but topping these cuties with vanilla bean buttercream just puts them over the top! Perfect for Kristan and little Lucy!!

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    I wish this shower was real because there would be a lot of tasty cupcakes! ;)

  11. 11

    Okay, so I’m one of those weird people that doesn’t love the chocolate-pumpkin combo. I fully accept that it’s something wrong with ME, not the combo. However, how could I not think these cupcakes are absolutely stunning? Absolutely beautiful, Jenny.

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    These cupcakes are so fun! I love that you combined the brownie mix and the cake mix…very cool!
    And that frosting…sigh…

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    Amy says:

    As I was reading through the post I could almost taste these! Great for this time of the year – AND a baby shower!

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    Maria says:

    Perfect cupcakes for this time of year! Love them Jenny!

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    Karly says:

    Um, you just combined brownie mix with cake mix? That is so smart and creative! Love it.

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    heather says:

    Amazing flavor combo! I love the chips on top. :)

  20. 20

    These look amazing! :-) I’m your newest follower!

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    Shaina says:

    I love the chocolate and pumpkin combination. SO good!

  22. 22

    Wow! Those look amazing!
    I have never tried combining chocolate with pumpkin!

  23. 23

    Jenny these sound so fabulous!!

    I am so glad we got to meet up this year, I really enjoy your site, but more importantly, I enjoy YOU. You are so much fun, and such a sweet person. I can’t wait to get the babies together!!

  24. 24

    I love these Jenny! Perfect for baby Lucy. :D The chocolate/pumpkin combination is just wonderful!

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    Deborah says:

    I love pumpkin, and these look so good!!

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    Kristen says:

    These are perfectly fall and perfect for a baby shower!

  27. 27

    seriously, what a dream! extra frosting for me please ;)

  28. 28

    Ooh, these sound so delicious! So perfectly sweet to celebrate a fall baby! Gorgeous photos and styling as well!

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    teresa says:

    These cupcakes are so CUTE Jenny!
    Perfect for Kristan and Lucy!
    Love that owl in your kitchen watching you bake!
    And adore your HOT pink Kitchen Aid!
    I’ve just got to start putting vanilla beans in frosting!
    Love your blot Jenny!
    Such a happy place!
    Can’t wait to get your adorable cookbook!
    Happy Day with your boys!
    xoxoxo

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    Thesha says:

    These look fabulous! I can’t wait to try them. We love pumpkin around here and are always looking for great recipes to use it.

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    Cassie says:

    So sweet! These look amazing, Jenny. Great idea!

  32. 32

    Oh my goodness….those look SO yummy, Jenny!!!

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    Adam says:

    Vanilla…and Buttercream…enough said! Love the use of sour cream too. I like the added boost in flavor it gives cupcakes.

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    Lynna says:

    These sound awesome!

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    Madeleine says:

    so gorgeous! you had me at pumpkin brownies, but the vanilla bean buttercream is just the cherry on top!

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    These are just perfect, Jenny! Now I want something pumpkin-y for dinner!

  38. 38

    These sound fabulous! Can’t wait to try them!!

  39. 39

    These look wonderful and so easy too. I love that kind of cupcake:-)

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    K. Eaton says:

    Have you tried vanilla bean paste – it is awesome and easier than using the bean, probably cheaper too. BTW, love following your blogs and the book looks awesome. Best to you with the book and the baby!!!!

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    Brandi says:

    These look so good. Can’t wait to try them… Also, love that you’re displaying the full post in google reader again! Thanks

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    Absolutely lovely cupcakes! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Sarah says:

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