Spooks at the Office

Nutella-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spooky Vanilla Frosting

Oct 31, 2011 by

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I work for a company called GodwinGroup, the oldest and largest advertising agency in Mississippi.  One of the reasons I love working here is that they encourage creativity. We are allowed to have fun at work.

This is my first Halloween with GodwinGroup. I should have known by the email that went out a few weeks ago that people take Halloween pretty seriously around here:


Several people went all out with the costumes:



And the office decorations were pretty great:



Not to mention the food!  We really like to eat around here.

Kitty litter cake – German chocolate cake mix, vanilla cake mix, and pudding.  While it tasted good, very few people could get past the Tootsie Roll garnishments:



Our Traffic Manager makes some fantastic looking cakes, like this scary tarantula:



And this jack-o-lantern cheese ball was almost too cute to eat. . .almost.


By now, word has spread through the office that I have a food blog. So that kind of ups the ante when we have employee potlucks. What do you think that would do to my reputation is word got out that I brought something that tasted like crap? My readership could end up in the toilet!!  Honestly, it’s a little stressful.

Thankfully I found these yummy pumpkin nutella-filled cakes from Kirbie’s Cravings. I adapted the recipe for cupcakes since I don’t have a cute little pumpkin mold like she does. And since you can’t have cupcakes without frosting (because then it would just be a muffin), I covered them with my favorite spooky vanilla icing.  I used about four tubes of black gel icing for two dozen cupcakes.  Can You Stay for Dinner? has a great tutorial on making the spiderweb design.

Happy Halloween!
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Nutella-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spooky Vanilla Frosting
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Cupcakes adapted from Kirbie’s Cravings
Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 24
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ cup chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
Vanilla Frosting
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ teasooons vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cupcake pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with cupcake wrappers.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Fill each cupcake mold with ⅓ cup of batter. Place 1 teaspoon of chocolate hazelnut spread into the center of each cupcake. Top with an additional ⅓ cup of batter.
  4. Bake for about 12-15 minutes. Test for doneness by sticking a toothpick just offset of the center. Cupcakes are done when the toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Makes 24 cupcakes.
For the frosting:
  1. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.
  3. Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk.
  4. Beat at high speed until fluffy, adding an additional milk if necessary.

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  1. I must say, I love the pooper scooper cake. Very creative!!!


  2. Your cupcakes were amazing! You definitely had me at “Nutella”! And I could really taste the nutmeg/cinnamon/ginger spices!

  3. love nutella so I’d be all those!



  4. Looks like you guys had a great party! Your cupcakes look amazing!!

  5. Your office looks so fun! I’m so jealous!
    All they did at my office was tell us that we could leave at 4 o clock to get ready for trick-or-treaters, but we’d have to make up the missed time later on in the week. Lame-o.

    Those cupcakes look delicious, too. I may have to omit the spiderweb and give them a go for Thanksgiving :-)

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