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Guilt free pumpkin cupcakes

March 30th, 2011 · 36 Comments · baking

Sometimes 1 cupcake turns into 5… and with that comes food guilt.


Yesterday I’m happy to say this was not the case. There was a bit of “tasting” during the making of the cream cheese frosting


… but then I was content with just 1 cupcake. One guilt-free pumpkin cupcake with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting.


And that’s why diet free living is a worthy goal!


PS – I don’t like any cupcake places in Boston (except for Mix Bakery which is delivery only) so if I have a serious craving, I have to make them (bringing the rest to work today). What’s your favorite cupcake recipe?? Maybe I’ll recreate it when a craving hits again :)

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36 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    So happy for you! I think it is really hard to have just one of anything, but it feels so good when you can do that and enjoy. I love pumpkin cupcakes, especially with cream cheese frosting!

  • #3 - Shannon

    yay! and i love a good cinnamon cream cheese frosting :)

    those meyer lemon cupcakes i made with coconut milk were amazing…

  • #5 - Lindsey @Textbooks and Cookbooks

    Those look delicious!!! My favorite cupcake recipe is for black bottom cupcakes. There’s nothing like a rich, chocolate cupcake combined with a layer cream cheese!

  • #8 - Hillary

    Do you have the recipe for these? They look INCREDIBLE!

    • #9 - Elina

      I used a mix for the cupcake (since I’ve had it for a while) but have the recipe for the frosting.

  • #10 - Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

    did the kit come with those little dots?

  • #12 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    These would be perfect for Halloween, but I’d eat them any day of the year!

    I’d love to see either a coconut cupcake, carrot cake cupcake, or chocolate peanut butter cupcake :).

  • #15 - Jaime @ la vie...j'aime

    Those are so pretty and yummy looking! i like Sweet’s cupcakes.

  • #16 - Jess

    i love pumpkin cupcakes, this recipe came out really light and fluffy when i made them last year:)

  • #18 - Clayton

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  • #19 - Sues

    These look so pretty! I always wondered about Sprinkles’ mixes…. I just made a cupcake with 3 kids of alcohol in it, which I’ll be posting soon. I’ve made A LOT of cupcakes in my day and they might be my favorite yet :) But now I’m craving pumpkin!

    • #20 - Elina

      Can’t wait to see the recipe. Sounds like the perfect dessert for a party!!

  • #21 - Courtney

    Best cupcake recipe ever… chocolate cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting over at Smitten Kitchen. Of course she made it into a cake and I did cupcakes, but we all know cupcakes are superior because of the icing to cake ratio, right?

  • #24 - Lauren

    I’m SO impressed… do you have any tips? I’m going to a cupcake baking class on Friday and I’m REALLY nervous that I’m going to overdo it. (It’s one of the main reasons that I don’t bake)…

    and apparently they’re opening a Sprinkles in NYC next month! after years of just using the mix, I’m so excited to try them!

    • #25 - Elina

      Lauren – it’s definitely more tough some days. I ate a solid meal, then reminded myself that overeating dessert just makes me feel sick and uncomfortable. And that I would enjoy another one a whole lot more the next day. I think it’s key to give yourself full permission to have them the next day instead of trying to polish them off so that you can get back to being “good” the next day (that’s what often happens to me… I try to eat the temptation right away so that it won’t tempt me tomorrow. Not the smartest idea!!). Let me know how it goes :)

      • #26 - Lauren

        That’s really helpful, thank you :) I’m going to keep that in mind. I have such a hard time with the batter/ frosting, but hopefully it’ll be a little easier in a class environment.

  • #27 - Kelly

    Ok I am SO weird. I’m not really the hugest cupcake person, primarily because I am not such a huge fan of frosting. That said, my good friend makes a brunt sugar frosting that is amazing.

  • #28 - Corey @ the runner's cookie

    This reminds me how much I miss pumpkin!! I think it needs to make a reappearance in my meals very soon :) These cupcakes look wonderful.

  • #29 - Ally

    These look so cute! What are the little buttons on top?

    My favourite cupcake recipe is Magnolia Bakery’s red velvet. So good, and it works every time!

  • #30 - Karen

    Thanks for commenting on my blog, it made my day! Yours looks great, I’m adding you to my list of daily blogs to read:) And fyi, I’m Ukrainian, so I will be tuning in to your Russian Bites page for some delicious foods:) Hope to hear from you again!

  • #31 - Kerstin

    So pretty! You know, I haven’t found any cupcakes in Boston I’m in love with either (I haven’t tried Mix cupcakes yet) – it’s a nice excuse to bake though :)

  • #32 - Jess @ Blonde Ponytail

    Elina!! Thanks for visiting my blog! I am loving yours–when will I see you on Cupcake Wars?!! 😉

    Let me know how your push-up challenge goes okay? We can support each other!

    Love the beautiful pic you in your apron!!

  • #33 - Branden

    Looks delicious!

  • #34 - Martha@simple-nourished-living

    These look great. I think the best cupcakes I’ve ever had are the Barefoot Contessa’s coconut cupcakes with cream cheese icing and coconut. They are heavenly!

    • #35 - Elina

      Ooh, I’ve heard really great things about Barefoot Contessa. I’ll look up this recipe for next time :)

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