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How about a sweet little break from all the V4 excitement, y’all? Since it’s officially fall, I think it’s quite appropriate to share a recipe that’s bound to have you craving scarves, riding boots and a hot chocolate or two!

Not only is Greer one of my dearest/oldest/bestest friends in the whole world, but these pumpkin cupcakes are going to rock your world! AND, she might have the most adorable baby girl on the planet! (I’m not biased at all, she really is!) This recipe even won Greer first place at the Greater Gulf State Fair when she was 10 years old!

Greer and I forever ago as bridesmaids at her sister’s wedding

What you’ll need for the cupcakes:
4 eggs
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 can of 100% pure pumpkin (15 oz can)

What you’ll need for the frosting:
1 package (16 oz) cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons of butter, softened
5 cups of sifted powdered sugar
4 tablespoons of vanilla extract

Directions: (Cupcakes)
Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl; add all ingredients except frosting and mix well with an electric mixer. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin pans, filling them three-fourths of the way full. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool and then frost with yummy cream cheese frosting.

Directions: (Frosting)
Combine cream cheese and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add remiaining ingredients; beat until smooth. Frost and enjoy! And because Greer is a good Southern girl, sometimes she tops the cupcakes with smashed pecans.

All photos courtesy of the fabulous Greer Ladnier

Are you ready for boots and scarves? What’s your favorite fall recipe?

Looking for more ideas to get your kitchen started?
Damie’s Catsup
Miss Linda’s Anta Fe Soup
Mama’s Homemade Poundcake

marissa Written with love by Marissa
10 Comments
  1. avatar megan reply

    sounds wonderful, very, very similar to barefoot contessas pumpkin cupcake recipe

  2. avatar Joyce Cunningham reply

    I was wondering if the sugar was left off of the recipe for pumpkin cupcakes?

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  4. avatar Amanda reply

    Funny story:

    I can testify to the fact that these cupcakes are not quite so delicious without the sugar ingredient! I printed off the recipe on Friday morning and made the cupcakes Sunday night to take to my office for Halloween today. Wasn’t really getting the reaction I thought I was gonna get from co-workers who tasted them. Then I tasted them and realized they tasted like a dog treat, haha! But with DE-LICIOUS icing! I have since checked the blog and discovered that sugar was left off the list of ingredients and now it all makes sense! Luckily the icing recipe made a ton of extra icing so I am going to give it another shot tonight and hopefully redeem myself at work. :)

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Oh my stars!! I am so sorry Amanda! You must have printed it right after it was published! (I fixed it just minutes after it went up)! I am glad you tried the recipe though! Again, I am SO sorry! I’m glad it made for a funny story! xo, Marissa

    • avatar Amanda reply

      Marissa: I gave the recipe another shot last night (with sugar!) and man alive! Those cupcakes are good! I have had a belly ache since noon, but it was worth it. And I think you’re right, I must’ve printed the article right after you posted the recipe… Now I know that cupcakes need sugar. I gave my dogs several of the bottoms of the cupcakes from the sugar-free batch and they loved those. Take-aways: 1) leave sugar out of the recipe and you have yummy dog muffins, haha! Minus the icing, of course.

  5. avatar Kim reply

    I love to cook and try lots of new receipes. This is a definite keeper! Beyond moist and delicious. Thanks so much for posting. Everyone adored these.

  6. avatar Cindi reynolds reply

    Must try

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Y’all, you are in for a TREAT today. As you ladies + gents know, we usually feature three “Southern by Design” stories in each print edition. We had the first two nailed down (one of which you saw yesterday, and the other which you’ll see soon!), but the third one was stumping us. We knew we wanted to work with Summer from Grey Likes Weddings (because she’s AMAZING, obviously), but nothing was clicking until one word popped into our brains: punch! What could be more Southern and lovely than punch?? Summer and her styling partner in crime Cortnie did such a stupendous job modernizing the idea of a punch reception, and we love the Southern California flare with which they infused the shoot. And Braedon’s images — goodness, y’all! He blew it out of the park!

We hope you enjoy, and be sure to head over to the gallery to see even more images! The full story, of course, is in the print edition.

Make sure to check out Summer’s post on this shoot today, too!

The talented vendors:

Photography: Braedon Flynn // Styling and Art Direction: Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings and Cortnie Purdy of Canvas and Canopy // Hair and Makeup: Kacee Geoffrey // Stationery: MaeMae Paperie // Calligraphy: Nancy Hopkins // Cake: Erica O’Brien // Punch Recipes: Snake Oil Cocktail Co. // Wedding Gown: Marchesa from Gabriella New York Bridal Salon // Bridesmaid Dresses: Luna Boutique and H&M // Hairpieces: Lo Boheme // Jewelry: Noaki Jewelry // Butterfly Shoes: Aruna Seth // Rentals: Urban Barn // Ladle and Cake Knife: Concept by Canvas and Canopy and Grey Likes Weddings, execution by Monkeys Always Look // Location: The Condor’s Nest Ranch

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Kelly Cummings : Spindle Photography reply

    This is for sure my favorite inspiration shoot from V4! I adore the colors and the softness with bursts of color. Love love love!

  2. avatar Jodi Miller Photography reply

    This is such a stunning shoot!! I’m swooning over those bouquets and the paper goods…love it!

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Hey, y’all! Just a quick little post to share our excitement over seeing V4 in stores with our very own eyes!

Nicole and Sierra were the first to spot it, at the Barnes & Noble at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham, NC. Funny story: a B&N clerk actually came over and asked them to stop taking photos of the cover! They were all like, “Yeah, we MADE this magazine!”

N + S weren’t actually in Durham to stalk copies of V4, though. They were on their way to Anthropologie, to attend the book signing for Grace Bonney’s new Design*Sponge book! They even snagged a photo with Grace herself:

Fun fun! And want to know something even more fun? In the spirit of celebration for ALL new publications, we have one signed copy of the D*S book to give away! Just leave a comment below letting us know where you snagged your V4 — through the SWPS? At a bookstore? At your neighborhood Piggly Wiggly? :)

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Jessie reply

    I pre- ordered mine! I have been dying for the new Design Sponge book. Crossing my fingers.

  2. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    I snagged my copy of V4 from your very own SWPS! I’m so glad I did too, I got it early enough to enjoy it the whole weekend too! The Design Sponge book would be so helpful, I’m a budding designer myself!!

  3. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    This is too much fun! I love the photo with Grace! My copies of V4 arrived in Maine on Monday courtesy of the SWPS! Thank you, thank you!

  4. avatar Kelly Cummings (Spindle Photography) reply

    I pre-ordered but happened to find a copy in Books-a-million a day before mine came in! When I went to the counter to check out the following conversation took place:
    “Oh let me see your engagement ring!”
    “Actually I’ve been married for two years but I’m a photographer and one of my pictures is in here!”
    “Wait, what?!”
    It was awesome! I still haven’t made it through all of the amazing pages, I love V4!

  5. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

    I pre-ordered mine, and OMIGOODNESS, it was FUN to get in the mail!

  6. avatar Lori reply

    Oh! I wanted to go to this book signing! I got my copy of V4 at the Barnes & Noble in Cary NC!

  7. avatar Lizzie reply

    I just picked up my copy at the Barnes and Noble in New Hope Commons in Durham! I wish I could’ve picked it up from the Southpoint location so I could have seen you. I have been gushing to everyone how it is my new favorite wedding magazine!!

  8. avatar Katie S. reply

    my fiance’ is still laughing at the fact that i ran to the mailbox in my pajamas at 10PM as soon as my outlook reminder popped up that V4 had shipped this past weekend…and that i was already deep into the second spread before i even got back into the house! thanks swps for delivering so many pages of goodness!

  9. avatar Megan H reply

    Oh Man! I wish I had known about the D*S book signing, What a treat! My gorgeous copy of SW4 came through the SWPS. What a lovely package to be delivered just in time to visit family. I got to show off my ring shot (by Nancy Ray) to my grandma on her birthday! She was so excited :) It really is Gooder than Grits!!

  10. avatar Kristyn M reply

    Can’t wait to go to B&N at Streets at Southpoint today at lunch to get my copy!! The first three issues are waiting for their new partner at home!

  11. avatar Alex reply

    Barnes & Noble at Southpoint – What a good find :-)

  12. avatar Paige reply

    Found mine at Barnes & Noble in Charlottesville, VA!

  13. avatar Courtney Cross reply

    I snagged my V4 preorder! I knew I had to have it!

  14. avatar Courtney Cross reply

    I snagged my V4 pre-order! I knew I had to have it!

  15. avatar Laura reply

    Barnes & Noble in Greenville, SC. Girls, you have beyond outdone yourselves with this issue. It was absolutely beautiful!

  16. avatar Belinda reply

    Just called and Barnes and Noble in Johnson city, TN and “Blake” is holding V4 for me till this afternoon…I can’t wait. We also love Design Sponge!!!

  17. avatar Kristy reply

    I’m waiting on Barnes and Noble to call me back!!!

  18. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    LOVE Grace’s blog, and I therefore know I will love her book! I of course pre-ordered several copies, and I’m excited to do an SW giveaway on my blog tomorrow. It’s even more beautiful when I hold it in my hands! xo Love you ladies!

  19. avatar Becca reply

    I pre ordered mine and had it delivered to my doorstep! Can’t wait to curl up by the fireplace and read it this weekend!!

  20. avatar Marie reply

    I pre-ordered my V4! I looked through all the pics the night I got it, now i need to read the articles.

  21. avatar Yvette reply

    Barnes and Noble in Cary! Love it:)

  22. avatar Andrea reply

    B&N Southpoint… The same spot Nicole is sitting!! So happy : )

  23. avatar Katrina reply

    Always grab my copy through SWPS…the OCD in me MUST pre-order!

  24. avatar Sarah reply

    I found my copy Southern Weddings at the Publix grocery store! it was the first time I’d seen the magainze and I absolutely loved it… read it cover to cover twice, and I ordered V2 online!

  25. avatar Ashley reply

    I got mine at Target! Love it! Good job girls:)

  26. avatar Sandryte reply

    Nowhere to order or buy a magazine like that where I live :( But a signed DS book would be such a joy!

  27. avatar Lesley Anne reply

    I’m planning on buying a copy at Barnes & Noble this weekend!

  28. avatar Chelsey reply

    U haven’t picked up my copy yet, but I would love to win to signed book! It’s been in my amazon cart for days :)

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  30. avatar Amber J reply

    Im new to Miami and I went to the Coral Gables Barnes and Noble to get the last issue and nearly through a fit because it wasn’t there!!! But I happened to be taking a trip to purchase some new reads and decided to give it another go! And I FOUND it! I was so excited! So everyone in Miami go to the Coral Gables Barnes and Noble!

  31. avatar Kallie B reply

    My mother-in-law picked up a beautiful copy for me at our Books-A-Million! That store is my 2yo daughter’s favorite place. They had a lovely little date and picked up a treat for me! It’s stunning!!!

  32. avatar Amelia Johnson reply

    Food Lion!

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