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Pumpkin Cream Soda Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cream Soda Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cream Soda Cupcakes

Recipe By Epiphinae McClennon


30 cupcakes

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cooking Time

22 Minutes

Recipe By Epiphinae McClennon

These cute cupcakes are a creative alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie.

Recipe Notes

*To use vanilla beans: split beans in half lengthwise and scrape seeds out from pod with the back of a knife. Use empty pods to make homemade vanilla extract or flavor homemade vanilla sugar.


For cupcakes:

1 box French vanilla cake mix

3 eggs

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cup cream soda

1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree

1/2 vanilla bean of choice*:

For frosting:

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 vanilla bean of choice*:

1 3/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup cream soda

1/2 cup powdered sugar

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Step 1: Make cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine all cupcake ingredients and mix with an electric mixer until combined. Line cupcake tin with paper baking cups and fill 3/4 full with batter. Bake 22 min. or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in cupcake. Set aside to cool.

Step 2: Make frosting

With an electric mixer, mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla of choice until smooth. Slowly pour in heavy cream and cream soda. Gradually add in powdered sugar. Continue mixing frosting until medium peaks form. Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.