Pumpkin Cut-Out Cupcakes were born.
I love cut-out cupcakes because they look cute and are so easy. My favorite thing about them though...the kids don't lick the frosting off their cupcake and leave the rest behind since the frosting is sandwiched inside. An added bonus is that they're easy to transfer if you need to take them to a party or school since the frosting isn't exposed, and the kids faces don't get as messy eating them.
So here's what you do. You need your cupcakes to raise slightly above the edge of the cupcake wrapper, so you fill the cupcakes just a bit more. I usually get about 22 cupcakes instead of 24 out of a mix this way. The instead of baking them at 350 degrees, I bake them at 325 instead and leave them in an extra few minutes. They'll come out looking something like this.
Then slice off the top.
Cut out your shape.
Frost your cupcake. I experimented with piping the frosting on for pumpkin lines using a large star tip, but you can spread it on with a knife and they turn out just as well. (A small star tip would probably work best, but I couldn't find mine.
Pop the top back on
Add a little green stem...or not. They'd look cute with just orange if you want to go super simple. I piped mine on out of a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off.
This is how it turned out spreading it with a knife instead of piping it. I almost think it's cuter.
Perfect for the class Halloween party or a trip to the pumpkin patch.
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