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Spiced Pumpkin Bomb Cupcakes #SundaySupper

#SundaySupper, Beer, Chocolate, Culinary Adventures, Cupcakes, Fall Flavors, Recipes

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. Football is in full swing, the weather starts to cool off and you can find just about anything pumpkin inspired on local menus. I must confess, I am a pumpkinaholic and find myself sipping on pumpkin lattes and enjoying everything from pumpkin ravioli to pumpkin beers. As a bartender, I get a lot of requests for pumpkin bombs which are a seasonal and Halloween version of the famous Irish Car Bomb. There are many variations of the recipe, but the most common is 3/4 pint of pumpkin ale and a shot consisting of  Bailey’s Irish Cream and Goldschlager® which is dropped into the pint of beer and then chugged like an Irish Car Bomb. I work at EATS! American Grill in South Tampa and we make our Pumpkin Bombs with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, RumChata and Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale. I have to say, they are pretty darn spectacular. Since I love baking, I wanted to take our Pumpkin Bomb and turn it into a cupcake that can be enjoyed for all types of fall festivities. I experimented with several pumpkin ales and found a great recipe for pumpkin cupcakes made with Blue Moon Harvest Ale on their website. I made a few changes to their recipe and created my own frosting inspired by my favorite recipe for Fireball cupcakes by Mooncakes and Merlot. The result is a spectacular boozy cupcake that will be the talk of your next party. What I love most about this recipe is the addition of the RumChata which gives the frosting that “wow factor” that will leave you licking every last ounce from the mixing bowl.

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Source: Blue Moon

I recently attended the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle and was introduced to some new and familiar products which have found their way into my recipe. In this recipe, I used Lágrima pure vanilla extract which is by far, the best vanilla extract I have ever tasted. Made with single-source organic vanilla beans extracted in top-shelf spirits, it is like liquid gold.

Lagrima Pure Vanilla Extract
Lagrima Pure Vanilla Extract
Source: Lágrima

I love to pair beer with chocolate and Scharffen Berger is one of my preferred brands. While in Seattle, I got to sample more of their bars and brought some home to enjoy. The recipe calls for chocolate chips but I decided to chop up to bars of their extra rich milk chocolate and use in place of the chocolate chips. I was quite pleased with the end end result.

Blue Moon Harvest Ale and Scharffen Berger Extra Rick Milk Chocolate

The chocolate blended so well with the beer and spices  in the cupcakes. I, of course, could not resist nibbling on a few pieces while baking.


Needless to say, I love how these turned out and can’t wait to share them with friends.


I must warn you, you will not be able to resist eating more than one. 🙂



I hope you have a wonderful week filled with Halloween festivities and enjoy some tasty treats. Here are some other fantastic recipes that will inspire you to make some spooktacular dishes in the kitchen.






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  1. Kathia Rodriguez
    October 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Not a big beer drinker but I love the cupcakes i bet they are delicious. Thank you for sharing

  2. Liz
    October 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Your cupcakes look amazing! And wasn’t the swag at the IFBC fantastic? I loved my Lagrima and Scharffenberger, too!

  3. Family Foodie
    October 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

    These little treats just moved their way up my must try list! Fabulous!!!!

  4. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    October 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Oh dear heavens! This is an AWESOME Cupcake!!! I love how creative it is.

  5. Courtney @ Neighborfood
    October 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I might have to start carrying a vial of that vanilla with me everywhere. Sounds wonderful. With ingredients like this, I can only imagine how good these cupcakes are!

  6. Laura Dembowski
    October 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I’m loving these boozy cupcakes! They are very pretty too, and I bet all the flavors work well together!

  7. Katy
    October 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    A Halloween cupckae for grown-ups – what could be better?!

  8. Megan
    October 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I have a ton of that chocolate left over from the conference. It was too strong for me to eat plain, now I know what I can do with it – BAKE! What a great recipe!

  9. Shaina
    October 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Fall is my favorite season, too! It has finally started to cool down here in south Florida, so I’m really loving it. I’ve never had a pumpkin bomb before, love that you used this as inspiration for a cupcake!

  10. Julie @ Texan New Yorker
    October 27, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    These sound amazing!!

  11. Renee
    October 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I was intrigued by your title when you posted it in the Sunday Supper group. What a great cupcake and ingredients.

  12. Sarah
    October 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    These sound to die for!

  13. Cindys Recipes and Writings
    October 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    These cupcakes sound awesome!

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