What better way to celebrate the arrival of Fall than Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting? These fluffy and moist muffins are already out of this world, but when you add a heaping pile of creamy spiced goodness, you truly get the perfect bite.
In Florida, Fall is a fleeting (if even existent at all) season, which usually means it takes 10 minutes rather than 5 to start profusely sweating when you brave the non-climate controlled environment that is the outside world.
Green tip: Eating seasonally is one of the best (and most delicious) ways to support local and decrease your carbon footprint. Local foods have less associated transportation costs and fuel emissions. Simply put, eating seasonally = less environmental impact.
So we Floridians rely heavily on pumpkin spice lattes and the acceptance of boots with shorts as a fashion statement to make us feel like we are experiencing Fall with the rest of the country.
And eating these Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting is like sinking your teeth into Fall’s finest flavors.
Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting Tips and Tricks
Let It All Hang Out…
…of your fridge for at least 30 minutes BEFORE you start baking. The butter, eggs, and milk will all mix beautifully into a smooth batter if they are at room temperature. This will help you achieve optimal fluffiness and avoid overbeating.
Same goes for your frosting. In order to get that silky texture, both the cream cheese and the butter should be softened.
In a pinch, you can use the microwave to soften your butter and cream cheese. Just zap them in 15-second intervals, being careful not to melt them.
Melt Hearts, Not Frosting
The hardest part of baking these bad boys is waiting to frost them once they come out of the oven.
I’ll admit it, nine times out of ten I’ll eat one warm before I get the chance to frost it. But, after your ONE, let the rest cool completely before frosting.
Because while a muffin swimming in a pool of melted cream cheese frosting will probably still taste good, our goal is to get a little pile of deliciousness on top.