Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

We did Turkey Day easy this year – I didn’t bake the whole turkey and I didn’t bake the pumpkin pie.  Instead, for dessert we enjoyed Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes.  It’s based off of a recipe I got from a woman I used to work with.  We were actually really good friends for a period of time – until I got a job at a competitor bank – and well, you know, sometimes people take those things personally.  We’re Facebook friends still, does that count for anything?

pumpkin chip - mwn

Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes
1 3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1 c canned pumpkin
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c honey
1/3 c water
1 c mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Grease or line cupcake muffin cups.

In large bowl combine flour through nutmeg.

In separate bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, oil, honey, and water.  Mix well.

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.

Bake 20-25 minutes.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 c powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy.

Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth.

Frost cooled cupcakes.

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I’m now on day 3 of maternity leave.  And kind of over it.  I need a baby!

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