We’ve all been through it. It’s barely the beginning of September and suddenly murmurs start to fill the air. “PSL” these voices say. Pumpkin Spice Latte. Starbucks created an unstoppable force and they capitalize greatly on it during all the months that can even remotely qualify as autumn. It’s a movement.
So I’m giving into the hype! Pumpkin. Spice. Latte. Cupcakes! In my opinion, these are better than the actual latte, which I am not even the biggest fan of. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin, I love coffee. And yet somehow, the PSL just doesn’t live up to the hype for me. These cupcakes, however, can live up to any amount of hype you want to give them. With a dense, cinnamon-y, pumpkin cake and a fluffy whipped vanilla frosting, they are reminiscent of the famous beverage, but in my opinion better in all the right ways.
What’s even better? This recipe is easy. It modifies a boxed cake mix (no shame, you don’t have to tell anyone,) by substituting out a few ingredients to create the pumpkin and coffee flavors. You could also try making these cupcakes with a box of spice cake mix rather than yellow, and omitting the pumpkin pie spice. That would also be very good. So experiment, have fun with it, and enjoy an edible form of America’s favorite fall beverage!