Butternut Squash Cupcakes

Here's a great way to use some leftover squash—sneak it into these moist and delicious cupcakes, and your family will never know the difference!

  • Prep Time 50 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Cupcakes

2 1/3
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2
teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/4
cups granulated sugar
3
eggs
1
cup mashed cooked butternut squash
2
teaspoons vanilla
1/2
cup milk
1/2
cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2
cup chopped pecans

Rum Buttercream Frosting

6
cups powdered sugar
2/3
cup butter or margarine, softened
3
teaspoons vanilla
1
tablespoon rum or 1 teaspoon rum extract plus 2 teaspoons milk
4
to 5 tablespoons milk
Chopped dried cranberries, if desired

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups, grease bottoms and sides of muffin cups with shortening and lightly flour, or spray with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Gradually add granulated sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl occasionally. Beat 2 minutes longer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in squash and 2 teaspoons vanilla. On low speed, alternately add flour mixture, about one-third at a time, and 1/2 cup milk, about half at a time, beating just until blended. Stir in 1/2 cup cranberries and the pecans.
  • 4 Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each with about 3 tablespoons batter or until about two-thirds full.
  • 5 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans; place on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 6 In medium bowl, beat powdered sugar and 2/3 cup butter with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in 3 teaspoons vanilla, the rum and 3 tablespoons milk. Gradually beat in enough remaining milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make frosting smooth and spreadable. Frost cupcakes; garnish with chopped cranberries.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
370
(
Calories from Fat
140),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
16%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
230mg
230%;
Total Carbohydrate
54g
54%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
42g
42%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.