Ginger Pear Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland
Ginger Pear Cupcakes

Everyone always thinks of summer for fruit but many of my favorite baking fruits and vegetables ripen in the fall months. Right now you have grapes, apples, pears, carrots, cranberries and figs fresh for the baking. When I was at the store over the weekend they had some huge Bartlett pears on sale. When I saw them I knew immediately that I wanted to make some ginger pear cupcakes with them. Don’t ask me why I knew I had to make them but sometimes I see an ingredient and it’s like BAM! I am going to cook… whatever.

The stumbling block for me though was at trying to figure out what to top these little gems with to make them perfect. My gut instinct said to use my brown sugar buttercream but since I had used that in my last recipe I wanted to do something different. It took me days to decide the direction I wanted to go in and then how to flavor it. I know that sounds a little sad but for some recipes I can literally sit and ponder the hows of it for days on end. Then even after all of that I still scrapped the frosting half way through and changed up a couple of things. The final result… ginger pear cupcakes topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

This cupcake I imagine, would be a great treat for a mom-to-be with morning sickness. The ginger would help with the sickness and the rest would help with cravings. See, a cupcake with health benefits. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ginger Pear Cupcakes

Ginger Pear Cupcakes
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5888 calories
946 g
814 g
227 g
48 g
136 g
2012 g
2250 g
727 g
6 g
69 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2012g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5888
Calories from Fat 1995
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 227g
349%
Saturated Fat 136g
678%
Trans Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 58g
Cholesterol 814mg
271%
Sodium 2250mg
94%
Total Carbohydrates 946g
315%
Dietary Fiber 22g
90%
Sugars 727g
Protein 48g
Vitamin A
160%
Vitamin C
33%
Calcium
101%
Iron
80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ginger Pear Cupcakes
  1. 2-3 Bartlett pears, peeled, shredded
  2. 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  3. 1 1/4 tsp. ginger
  4. 1/2 tsp. all spice
  5. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  7. 1 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/4 c. butter, softened
  9. 1/4 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
  10. 1/4 c. sugar
  11. 1/2 c. unsulphured molasses
  12. 1 lrg. egg
  13. 1/2 c. hot milk (not boiling)
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  3. 4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla
  6. 2-3 tbsp. milk
For the Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐ and line two cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a food processor or using the large hole side on a box grater, grate the pears. Place them in some cheesecloth and give them a squeeze to remove some of the excess juice. Measure out about 1 cup of shredded pears and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, sift together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and baking soda and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom and add the molasses and egg and mix until fairly smooth. Stir in the pears. Add the flour mixture and stir on low to mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl again and add the hot milk. Stir on low until combined and then turn the speed up to medium and mix for one minute.
  4. Fill cupcake liners half full and bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
For the Frosting
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes on medium speed. Add the cinnamon and half of the powdered sugar and mix until combined on low. Add in the remaining powdered sugar and mix on low again until combined. Stir in the vanilla and 2 tbsp. milk. Add the last tbsp. of milk if it is not the consistency you want. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy.
  2. Place in a pastry bag fitted with a tip and pipe onto cupcakes.
Notes
  1. Makes 18 cupcakes.
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calories
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fat
227g
protein
48g
carbs
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

26 Responses to “Ginger Pear Cupcakes”

  1. 1

    Ginger & pear sound like a wonderful flavor combination.
    Robin Gagnon {Mom Foodie} recently posted…Mandarin-White Chocolate Blondies Recipe: #McCormickBakeSaleMy Profile

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    New follower from the Hump Day Blog Hop!

    Love a good cream cheese frosting ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. 3

    I also found you from the Hump Day Blog Hop! All I can say is, YUM! I make baked goods for co-workers all the time and can’t wait to use some of your recipes. Plus I’m super excited that I just got a KitchenAid mixer and need some inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚
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      Jen W. says:

      OMG! I love my KitchenAid mixers. I have a bit of a problem though. I’m like an addict. I have two already and I am wanting the hot pink one now too. If I get another one though my husband will probably take away my debit card…lol.

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    I keep forgetting to buy ginger! I love ginger and pear so together they must be amazing.
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    Angela says:

    These cupcakes sound so good – and the butterfly topper is a nice touch!
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    Chelsea says:

    Hey! found you on thirsty thursday blog hop and followed ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Goodness gracious, the flavor combination sounds absolutely amazing.
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    HilLesha says:

    I bet those are really good!
    HilLesha recently posted…Top 5 Fall FragrancesMy Profile

  10. 10

    I’ve never had pear cupcakes before – these look intriguing!
    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom recently posted…10 Free Superhero Pumpkin Carving PatternsMy Profile

  11. 11

    These sound delicious! I will try them but no matter how mine might taste they will never look as pretty as yours do in the picture!
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    YUM! I’ve recently come across crystallized ginger, so I’d use that, too!

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    Nici says:

    Hi there! Just wanted to tell you I featured these delicious cupcakes from last week’s All Things Thursday Blog Hop. I hope you’ll be back tonight to link up more fun recipes/projects!
    Blessings,
    Nici
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    Kat B. says:

    These are so pretty! I love ginger pear ๐Ÿ™‚
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  16. 16

    We’ve been watching cupcake wars and there are so many I want to try. I’ll add this one the list!

  17. 17

    These sound wonderful! Definitely pinning to make. Thanks for haring at Get Crafty Friday! ~ MamaGing.com
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    So glad you introduced yourself via the Inspiration Network. Love your cupcakes and how you incorporate fresh fruit. Bravo!

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