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Don’t get me wrong, summer is awesome. But fall means football is back, pumpkin beers are out, and it’s finally cool enough to use the oven again. Get into the fall spirit with these simple and delicious UFO Pumpkin cupcakes. Watching your friends tackle them is almost as much fun as baking them. Enjoy!
UFO Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Servings: 24 cupcakes
- 1-3/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup UFO Pumpkin
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 eggs
*You can also substitute the dry ingredients for 1 box (18.25oz) yellow cake mix from the store. You’re secret is safe with us.
- 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with 24 paper liners.
- Add first dry ingredients or cake mix to large mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, UFO Pumpkin, eggs, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Stir or whisk until just combined. Spoon batter evenly into pans.
- Bake cupcakes for about 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean. Let cool.
- For frosting, beat together cream cheese and ½ cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Beat in vanilla. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until desired sweetness and consistency.
- To assemble, frost cooled cupcakes as desired and top with cinnamon sugar. Crack open a UFO Pumpkin and watch your friends devour your little masterpieces. Cheers!
By: Julia Falk, Digital Marketing Published:
As you look ahead to fall and all the great things New England has to offer, make sure a trip to Windsor, Vermont is in the books. Not only is it where our second brewery is located, but we’ve also got some pretty incredible neighbors, and together we make up what is known as Artisan’s Park. Still on the fence? Here’s 5 reasons why you should come for a visit:
1. Harpoon Brewery and The Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden
Well you had to know that was coming! The Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden, located in the same building as the brewery itself, offers a full selection of our beers along with delicious food to pair with your pint. Whether you’re stopping in for lunch, filling a growler, or taking a guided tour of the brewery on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, Harpoon is the perfect starting point in Artisan’s Park. Plus, the huge outdoor fire pit is perfect for a pint outside! For the hours, what’s on tap, and more, click here.
Save the Date: Our annual Harpoon Octoberfest takes place October 11-12! On Sunday, October 12th, prior to the start of the festival, we host the Harpoon Octoberfest Race, which benefits the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Registration is now open for the 3.6 mile course. This race will sell out, so be sure to register early!
2. Great River Outfitters & the Path of Life Garden
From canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and tubing to dog sledding and snowshoeing, Great River Outfitters has a little something for everyone. If you’re looking for unique and exciting things to do in New England, this place is for you. Located right near the Connecticut River and nestled within 100 + acres of trails and woods, they have everything you need for the perfect outdoor adventure. Great River Outfitters also features the Path of Life Garden – a 14 acre garden that accommodates hiking, picnicking, yoga/meditation and camping, including two full sized, authentic Tipis! Words really can’t describe this garden, so you’ll just have to experience it for yourself!
3. SILO Distillery
This beautiful distillery offers free tours and samples in their tasting room (21+ of course). SILO Vodka, their flagship brand, is made by 8th generation Vermonters from locally grown grain.
4. Simon Pearce Factory Outlet
Ever wonder what traditional glassmaking looks like? You can take a self-guided tour through the pottery and glassblowing shop at Simon Pearce and see the artists at work! Afterwards, their retail store has plenty of unique, handcrafted products for purchase.
5. Sustainable Farmer & Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company
To get a real taste of Vermont, Sustainable Farmer has it all. With a large variety of Vermont specialty cheeses, local honey and maple syrup, Walpole Creamery Ice Cream, and a wood-fired pizza oven, this is a must-do in Artisan’s Park. The Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company also calls Artisan’s Park home, and while visitation is by appointment only, Sustainable Farmer carries a large selection of their unique cheeses!
Save the Date: Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company is hosting their 2nd Annual VT Mac and Cheese Challenge on September 14th! You’ll have the opportunity to sample 25+ competing Mac & Cheese dishes from top chefs and restaurants from around the region. Pints of Harpoon will be available for purchase to help you wash down all that mac and cheese goodness. Plus, as a Friend of Harpoon, we’d like to offer you a discounted early bird ticket for $10! You can also buy a discounted ticket at the door for $12. Learn more!
So is it safe to say we’ll be seeing you this fall? We hope so! To learn more about Artisan’s Park, head to artisanspark.net