Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with a rack in the middle. Butter a 12-cup muffin pan, if not nonstick.
Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda, allspice and cloves in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter with the pumpkin, brown sugar, buttermilk, vanilla and eggs. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Divide the batter into the muffin pan. Bake until a wooden pick comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly on a rack.
Slice the muffins horizontally into three pieces. Place a tablespoon of the Cranberry Caramel Sauce between each layer, finishing with a large spoon of the Vanilla Cream and a sprinkle of dried cranberries.
In a medium saucepan, cook the sugar over medium-low heat, stirring slowly with a fork (to help the sugar melt evenly), until melted and pale golden. Cook the caramel without stirring, gently swirling the pan until deep golden, about 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the cream and butter (the mixture will vigorously steam and the caramel will harden). Return to the heat and simmer, stirring, until the caramel is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the dried cranberries.
Beat the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until firm peaks forms.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Lynn Crawford, 2009