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Magical Cupcakes

Several months ago I stumbled across a little website called Bake It In A Cake! whilst browsing the vastness of the internet. My introduction to this website was to discover that this amazing kitchen goddess had found a way to bake tiny pumpkin pies, inside delicious vanilla cupcakes.

Allow me to repeat: Tiny pies! Inside CAKE.

Of course, my love for baking, combined with my love for all things pumpkin immediately made me decide that I needed to find an excuse to make these amazing little things. Which I did, in the form of the Renaissance Faire. I made them as a thank-you present for the two guilds I worked with during that event, and they went over so incredibly well, that I knew I’d make them again someday.

That someday turned out to be last week.

A friend of mine invited me to a cookie exchange party she was having, and when she mentioned that she’d seen the pictures from my first round of pumpkin pie cupcakes on my facebook, I offered to make them again for her party. And once again they were a wonderful hit! This time though, I had the foresight to take some pictures during the baking process:

Baby pie crusts!

Mini pumpkin pies getting baked into delicous goodness.

Baby pies ready to be put into cupcakes!

Delicious pie-flled cupcakes ready to be frosted!

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting! NOM NOM NOM!

At this point I would like to make a note: the first time I made these, I could not, no matter how hard I tried, find cinnamon chips anywhere. This is a necessary ingredient for the frosting, and yet since I could not locate any I substituted plain cinnamon and made the frosting without that component. If at all possible, do not substitute out the cinnamon chips. Without them the frosting gets runny and melty and it just doesn’t taste the same. This batch was made with cinnamon chips, and definitely tastes much better.

Cupcakes frosted, decorated and ready to go!

Don't they look delicous?

As it turns out, these cupcakes are so amazing, that I will be making them yet again for a tamale making party I’ll be attending this weekend. If you make these, I guarantee you they will be epic. And you will get at least one (very awkward) request from someone who wants to bear your children in gratitude for the delicious, cinnamon-y, pumpkin-y treat you have just bestowed upon them (so far I’m up to 4, but who’s counting?).

And for those of you didn’t believe or understand when I said that there is a whole pie inside?

No really, there is!

I *almost* had more fun dissecting these than I did making them. Almost.

Bake It In A Cake’s Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Buttercream

Makes about 24 cupcakes (filled with AWESOME!)

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