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posted: 10/4/2012 4:02 AM

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  • Candy corn may be the trendy flavor this Halloween, but pumpkin pie spice, as in these cupcakes, is the perennial favorite.

       Candy corn may be the trendy flavor this Halloween, but pumpkin pie spice, as in these cupcakes, is the perennial favorite.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 

1 box (15.25 ounces) vanilla cake mix

3 eggs

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1 cup water

cup vegetable oil

24 pumpkin spice Kisses

1 container (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting

1 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (see note)

17 drops orange food coloring

5 drops red food coloring

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two standard muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl, mix cake mix with eggs, water and oil until well combined; about 2 minutes.

Scoop batter evenly among muffin cups and drop a candy into the batter. Do not push the Kiss all the way down to the bottom. Bake 16-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

Scoop the frosting into another bowl. Add 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and beat until well blended. Taste and add a bit more if desired. Add food coloring and beat until evenly colored.

Spread frosting on cupcakes and serve.

Serves 24.

Cook's notes: For pumpkin pie spice: In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoons ground all spice, 1 teaspoons ground cloves, 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg. Store in a tightly sealed container.

You'll probably have extra frosting. Spread it on graham crackers or use as a dip for apple or pear slices.

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