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Butter Pecan Pumpkin Mousse Cupcakes

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These sweet little treats feature a butter pecan cupcake, filled with a creamy pumpkin mousse, that are topped with a rich brown sugar buttercream. It’s heaven in a cupcake, you guys. Seriously. These are super simple to make, even though there are three components. Serve with fresh coffee, and mmmmmm!

WHAT YOU NEED:

Cupcake

  • 1 box butter pecan cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted & cooled)
  • 3 eggs
  • heaping tablespoon sour cream or Greek yogurt

Pumpkin Mousse

  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c milk (I use almond)
  • 1  cup heavy cream

Brown Sugar Buttercream

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 -4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

MAKE THEM:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Fill with cupcake liners.

Make the cake mix, blending until everything is JUST combined.  Don’t over mix, or you’ll add air to the batter.

Bake 12-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Set aside too cool.

Pumpkin Mousse

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT heavy whipping cream, and mix until well combined.

In your mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

Fold the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture until smooth and consistent throughout.

Core each cupcake, setting aside the tops of the cores.

Fill each cupcake with pumpkin mousse, then replace the top of the core.

Brown Sugar Buttercream

Beat the butter for at least 3 minutes on medium-high, scraping the sides. You want the butter to be more white than yellow.

Add the sugars slowly and beat.

Add the vanilla and whipping cream or milk and beat another 3 minutes on medium high.

Frost each cupcake and ENJOY!

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Butter Pecan Pumpkin Mousse Cupcakes

Butter pecan cupcakes filled with a creamy pumpkin mousse, and topped with a rich brown sugar buttercream!

Ingredients

Cupcake

  • 1 box butter pecan cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter melted & cooled
  • 3 eggs
  • heaping tablespoon sour cream or Greek yogurt

Pumpkin Mousse

  • 1 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c milk I use almond
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Brown Sugar Buttercream

  • 1 cup 2 sticks salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 -4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Fill with cupcake liners.
  • Make the cake mix, blending until everything is JUST combined.  Don't over mix, or you'll add air to the batter.
  • Bake 12-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Set aside too cool.

Pumpkin Mousse

  • Combine all ingredients EXCEPT heavy whipping cream, and mix until well combined.
  • In your mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture until smooth and consistent throughout.
  • Core each cupcake, setting aside the tops of the cores.
  • Fill each cupcake with pumpkin mousse, then replace the top of the core.

Brown Sugar Buttercream

  • Beat the butter for at least 3 minutes on medium-high, scraping the sides. You want the butter to be more white than yellow.
  • Add the sugars slowly and beat.
  • Add the vanilla and whipping cream or milk and beat another 3 minutes on medium high.
  • Frost each cupcake and ENJOY!


Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

6 Comments

  1. Dorothy Boucher Reply

    These pecan pumpkin mouse cupcakes sounds delicious!! and I love how easy it is to make, I bet the children will enjoy helping making these.
    @tisonlyme143

  2. 5 stars
    These look and sounds amazing! I’m really looking forward to making these.

  3. 5 stars
    OH EM GEE. Where have you been all my life? These sound SO good, I want them right now! I’m going make these for sure, and once again….hide them!

  4. Gina Ferrell Reply

    These cupcakes sound amazing! I love the flavor of butter pecan.

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