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Pumpkin Butterfinger Cupcakes

Ingredients

Pumpkin Spice Cake:

  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix or spice cake mix and omit spices
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 15 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C. oil or applesauce
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Butterfinger Buttercream:

  • 4 Butterfingers normal sized
  • 1 C. butter softened (or 1/2 C. butter and 8 oz. cream cheese)
  • 3-4 C. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

extra Butterfingers for decoration

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
  2. 2. Sift cake mix, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon together and set aside.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, oil and vanilla exact until smooth.
  4. 4. Stir in cake mix and spices. (You can ALWAYS add 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips if you want to.)
  5. 5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 16-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
  6. 6. Let cool.
  7. 7. Butterfinger Buttercream: Prep Butterfingers by scraping off the chocolate with a knife. It doesn't have to be done perfectly, just get most of it off. Put the 4 de-chocolated butterfingers into a food processor or blender and grind them down. (If you only have a plastic bag and a rolling pin, that will do, you'll just get a bit of a work out.) Put the ground up Butterfingers through a sifter and the pieces that fall through will be added to your buttercream while the pieces that don't go through will become your "sprinkles" to put on top! In a mixer, beat your butter. Add the Butterfinger pieces that went through the sifter (it should look like a powder) to the butter and slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add in vanilla extract and mix again. Add 1 tablespoon milk if it is too thick.
  8. 8. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes, sprinkle on your Butterfinger "sprinkles" you made above, and top with a piece of Butterfinger!
  9. NOTE: You should get about 1/2 C. butterfinger "powder" that goes into your buttercream, this is the part fine enough to go through the sifter.