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Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes

 Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes
I like to share these little pumpkin cakes at work. Cupcakes are the perfect workplace treat because they're already wrapped up and so easy to eat. —Kathleen Dimmich, Easton, Pennsylvania
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs until well
  • blended. In small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon,
  • baking soda and salt; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture until
  • blended.
  • For filling, another small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until
  • smooth. Add egg; beat on low just until combined.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups one-third full. Drop filling by
  • tablespoonfuls into center of each cupcake. Cover with remaining

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Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in
  • the pumpkin portion comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before
  • removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with
  • confectioners' sugar if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2
  • dozen.