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Salted Caramel Cider Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

My fall baking has officially begun and I am happier than pie about it.  The scents and flavors of fall are among my absolute favorite and to celebrate I had to make cupcakes, of course! 

Last Friday night I was out with my husband and youngest son and we ended up at Giant Eagle (Market District no less – one of my all-time favorite grocery stores) and I saw a display for some delicious seasonal products that I knew I wanted to use to create something delicious.  

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Cider is perfect for drinking but it’s also great to use as an ingredient in so many recipes.  I have a coffee drink up my sleeve that I’ll be sharing in a few days but until then I decided the Salted Caramel Cider would be great as a flavoring for a basic white batter cupcake.

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Next, I saw Pumpkin Spice Syrup and thought this would be delicious in a Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting to go with the cupcakes.  It would be perfect with pumpkin pancakes and those are on my weekend menu (stay tuned for those as well). Salted Caramel Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spice Syrup from the Giant Eagle Market District

You certainly can make cupcakes from scratch which I do most of the time but in this case I used a boxed white cake mix with pudding.  

Salted Caramel Cider Cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 box of white cake mix with pudding in the mix

Salted Caramel Cider

Directions:White cake batter with Salted Caramel Cider added for flavor - cupcakesandcrinoline.comFollow direction on the box (but) substitute *Salted Caramel Cider* for the water called for in the recipe and bake as directed. 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting cupcakesandcrinoline.com8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

4 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp Pumpkin Spice SyrupCream cheese frosting in mixing bowl with beaterCream the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy which will take several minutes so be patient.Powdered sugar in measuring cupGradually add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until fully incorporated.cream cheese frostingMix in the vanilla extract and Pumpkin Spice Syrup just until blended; less than 30 second, on low.Pumpkin Spice Syrup 1 tbsp.

 

Salted Caramel Cider Cupcakes - cupcakesandcrinoline.com Once your cupcakes are done baking allow them to cool.

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Once cool, slather on this delicious, rich and creamy frosting and enjoy!

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Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice Buttercream from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

 What are your favorite flavors of fall?

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