Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

Directions:

Cupcakes Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line three standard muffin tins or one giant muffin tin with cupcake papers. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a separate large bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugars and extra virgin olive oil. Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Add the flour in three additions to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined and no flour can be seen. Fill the muffin tins and bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cinnamon-Vanilla Buttercream Put the sugar, egg whites and salt in to a metal mixing bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir constantly with a whisk until the mixture feels very warm to the touch (about 3-4 minutes) Remove the bowl from the heat. Working with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, beat the meringue on medium speed until it reaches room temperature (about 5 minutes). Add the butter cubes one at a time to beating after each addition until smooth. Once all the butter in incorporated, add the cinnamon and vanilla beating until fully incorporated. Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Makes: 36 serving(s)

Ingredients:
The Cupcakes 
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
½ cup pumpkin balsamic
1 15 oz. can solid pack pumpkin (1 3/4 cups)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup sweet extra virgin olive oil such as California Arbequina or Sweet Barnea
4 large eggs