Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

CUPCAKES
1 cup flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cloves
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup pumpkin

 Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. In a separate bowl, mix sugar and eggs. Add oil and mix at medium speed for three minutes. Add flour mixture, and then add pumpkin.  Mix at medium speed until well blended.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

FROSTING
4 oz. room temp. cream cheese
1/2 stick room temp. butter
1/2 lb confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

crystallized ginger

Mix ingredients together by hand.  Once blended, whip with an electric mixer until fluffy.  Top cupcakes and add crystallized ginger if desired.