Home > Desserts > Pumpkin Cupcakes Pumpkin Cupcakes October 28, 2019 | 36 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Make the BEST spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with flavor-packed cinnamon-cream cheese frosting, real pumpkin, and an incredible blend of seasonal spices. Looking for more delicious pumpkin treats? Be sure to try this Pumpkin Cake or these Pumpkin Cookies next! Pumpkin Cupcakes I first tasted these Pumpkin Cupcakes at a party years ago and was immediately smitten. My friend had modified the recipe from Taste of Home magazine. Despite trying various other recipes, none matched hers. With a few personal tweaks, these cupcakes have become unbeatable favorites. Featuring perfect pumpkin spice seasoning, an ideal texture, and a delicious cinnamon-cream cheese frosting, they are a delight. Ideal for those who prefer simplicity over making a layered cake, these easy-to-make Pumpkin Cupcakes are a perfect treat for the fall season and are sure to be a hit wherever served. Ingredients In Pumpkin Cupcakes Cupcakes Butter: Makes the cupcakes moist and rich. White and Brown Sugar: Make the cupcakes sweet. Brown sugar also makes them more moist. Eggs: Hold everything together and make the cupcakes rich. Cooked Pumpkin: Gives the pumpkin flavor and keeps the cupcakes moist. Buttermilk or Milk with Vinegar: Makes the cupcakes soft and helps them rise. Vanilla Extract: Adds extra flavor. Flour: Is the main ingredient that forms the cupcakes. Pumpkin Pie Spice, Cinnamon, Ginger: Give the pumpkin spice flavor. Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt: Help the cupcakes rise and taste better. Frosting Cream Cheese: Makes the frosting creamy and a bit tangy. Powdered Sugar: Makes the frosting sweet and thick. Cinnamon: Adds flavor to the frosting that goes well with the cupcakes. QUICK TIPChoose the correct pumpkin type: For this recipe, use pure canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie blend. The pie blend includes milk, spices, and sugar, and is meant for pies. Look for canned pumpkin that contains only pumpkin. How To Make Pumpkin Cupcakes Preheat the Oven: Heat to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with paper liners. Mix Butter and Sugars: Cream softened butter with white and brown sugar until fluffy. Add Wet Ingredients: Beat in the eggs one at a time, then mix in pumpkin, a bit of buttermilk (or milk and vinegar mix), and vanilla. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, mix flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine Wet and Dry Mixtures: Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet, alternating with buttermilk. Fill and Bake: Spoon batter into liners, filling them 3/4 full, and bake until a toothpick comes out clean or with few crumbs. Cool: Let cupcakes cool in the pan briefly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. For the frosting: Make Frosting: Beat together cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, and beat until smooth. Frost Cupcakes: Once cooled, spread or pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. FAQs Can I Use This Batter In A Cake? While you can, I think it would be easiest to use this Pumpkin Carrot Cake recipe instead. The two recipes are similar, and both have a cream cheese frosting. Can You freeze Pumpkin Cupcakes? Yes, you can freeze the cake part of the cupcakes, but not the frosted ones, as the dairy-based cream cheese frosting doesn’t freeze well. Prepare and freeze the cupcake base ahead of time. To freeze, put completely cooled cupcakes on a sheet pan, freeze for 30 minutes, then store in an airtight container, labeled and dated, for up to 3 months. Thaw first in the fridge, then at room temperature until completely thawed. What Is The Secret To Fluffy Cupcakes? The secret to fluffy cupcakes is to not overmix the batter, use room temperature ingredients, and make sure to measure the flour correctly. Additionally, creaming the butter and sugar well to incorporate air can also help achieve a fluffy texture. More Amazing Pumpkin Treats Bakery Style Pumpkin Cookies Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Coffee Cake Healthy Pumpkin Bread FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting 5 from 12 votes - Review this recipe The best-ever Pumpkin Cupcakes with a delicious and easy cinnamon-cream cheese frosting. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting 5 from 12 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe The best-ever Pumpkin Cupcakes with a delicious and easy cinnamon-cream cheese frosting. Course Dessert, Vegetarian Cuisine American Keyword pumpkin cupcakes Prep Time 25 minutes minutes Cook Time 20 minutes minutes Total Time 45 minutes minutes Servings 24 cupcakes Chelsea Lords Calories 324kcal Author Chelsea Lords IngredientsCupcakes▢ 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, but not melted▢ 1 and 1/2 cups white granulated sugar▢ 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed▢ 3 large eggs▢ 1 can (15 ounces) cooked pumpkin (make sure it's not watery; I recommend Libby's)▢ 1 cup buttermilk divided; or 1 cup regular milk with 1 tablespoon vinegar▢ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract▢ 2 and 1/3 cups white all-purpose flour▢ 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice▢ 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon▢ 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger▢ 1 teaspoon baking powder▢ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda▢ 3/4 teaspoon saltFrosting▢ 1 package (8 ounces) full-fat cream cheese, softened▢ 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened▢ 4 cups powdered sugar▢ 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract▢ 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon InstructionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.In a large bowl, cream the softened butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add in the pumpkin, 1/4 cup buttermilk, and vanilla extractIn another bowl, combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three parts, alternating each addition with 1/4 cup buttermilk (to use up the remaining 3/4 cup buttermilk).Fill the prepared muffin tin liners 3/4 full (this batter makes exactly enough for 24 cupcakes). Bake 20-25 minutes, in the center of the oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.For the frosting: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon; beat until completely smooth. Frost the cooled cupcakes. Best within 2-3 days. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Flour When measuring the flour, be sure to spoon and level the measuring cup so you aren’t adding in too much or too little flour. Too much flour and you’ll get dense cupcakes, and too little flour and these cupcakes will likely sink and be too wet. Mix the dry and wet ingredients until just combined. Over-mixing will result in dense cupcakes. For the perfect frosting, make sure the cream cheese and butter are softened at room temperature. I leave both at room temperature on the counter for 1-2 hours before making the frosting. Avoid rushing the softening of the cream cheese and butter, or you'll end up with grainy and/or clumpy frosting. Note 2:Source: Recipe adapted from Taste of Home Nutrition FactsServing: 24cupcakes | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 3110IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.