Fluffy and moist pumpkin spice cupcakes topped with tangy cream cheese frosting. My new favourite autumn cupcake recipe and a must try for all pumpkin lovers!
Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a brilliant weekend! Wow! How fast is time flying?! We’re already halfway through October and that means Halloween is just around the corner!
I’m super excited to be sharing my first ever pumpkin recipe on the blog and there’s no better recipe to share than homemade pumpkin cupcakes swirled with cream cheese frosting!
I finally bought my first can of pumpkin puree the other day. I’ve held off until now but as autumn is in full swing now and Halloween fast approaching it seemed the perfect opportunity to start sharing some pumpkin recipes with you all.
The funny thing is, in the US everyone seems to be crazy for pumpkin but in the UK we don’t seem to embrace it as much. Using pumpkin in sweet baking is a totally new thing for me and at first it seemed seriously weird. After taking a bite of one of these cupcakes I soon realised pumpkin is a very versatile ingredient and brilliant in both savoury and sweet baking.
The cupcake batter is super easy to make. I love the combination of spices in these cupcakes. Each cupcake is topped with cream cheese frosting which is smooth, fluffy and has the perfect tanginess which compliments the spiced flavour in the cupcakes. I have to admit, I cheated this time and used pre-made frosting. This is because I had a frosting fail at the weekend but it is ok to cut corners sometimes!
Because Halloween is nearing closer I gave a few of the cupcakes some Halloween inspired decorations, hence the spooky Halloween scene and styling! 🙂 I topped some of these gorgeous spiced cupcakes with marshmallow pumpkins. But even without all the decorations these cupcakes will be amazing. Serve the cakes on platters at Halloween parties this year they will go down a treat!
195g (1 and ½ cups + 2 tablespoons) plain (all-purpose) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
130g (2/3 cup) granulated or caster sugar
90g (1/2 cup packed) light brown sugar
120ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil (canola or a light olive oil can be used)
2 large free-range eggs, at room temperature
200g (3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons) pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting – cream cheese, chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow will all work well
- Preheat oven to 160 Fan / 180 C / 350 F. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
- To make the cupcakes: In a small mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and spices. Leave to one side.
- In a medium mixing bowl cream the sugars together until combined. Add the oil and blend until mixed fully. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated. Finally, mix in the pumpkin and vanilla.
- Add the flour mixture in two batches and fold to combine. Make sure you scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure it is well blended.
- Divide the cupcake batter between the paper cases. Make sure you fill each cup about 3/4 of the way up. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean without any uncooked batter remaining. Leave the cupcakes to cool in the tin for 3 minutes then carefully remove and transport to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
- Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost and decorate. The frosted cupcakes will store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Best served at room temperature. I also recommend decorating these just prior to serving.
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81 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes”
That is exactly my thought, pumpkins here are usually used for savory foods so I still need to make desserts with them. These cupcakes look so good, Jess! I am loving that marshmallow pumpkin! It’s just the cutest Halloween edible decoration! I agree with you, time is just flying! can’t believe we’re going to enter 2016 in like less than 3 months!
Thanks Samina! I think I have been converted, pumpkin is a great ingredient in all kinds of baking. Glad you like the cupcakes. The decorations are super cute, right?! I couldn’t resist picking the festive marshmallows up at the supermarket. 😉
It really is hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by! 2016 is scarily close!
Happy Monday, Jess! Indeed time is flying so fast. These pumpkin spice cupcakes look absoluety divine. Such an awesome fall-tastic treat! YUM! 🙂
Hi Anu! So happy you like the cupcakes – they are my new favourite cupcake flavour! Definitely fall-tastic – love it! 😀
Yay for your first pumpkin recipe. I use pumpkin a lot in savoury dishes, but never in sweet and I need to change that.
That is some perfectly piped icing!
Thanks Dannii! I’m definitely going to check out a few of your wonderful pumpkin recipes on your blog!
These cupcakes are just gorgeous, Jess! I can never resist anything pumpkin flavored, so I would devour these all. Love the pretty frosting, too!
Thanks so much, Gayle! I love the spices, they are gorgeous and just perfect for autumn. Glad you like these!
These pumpkin cupcakes look so scrumptious! I’m loving pumpkin season! 🙂
Thanks Marsha! I’m really enjoying pumpkin season too, all your pumpkin recipes look fab!
How gorgeous are these cupcakes?? I’ll admit that I’m somewhat of a pumpkin addict, so these beauties are right up my alley!
Thanks so much, Sarah! If you love pumpkin, you’ve definitely gotta give these a try!
Wow these sounds amazing! How cute are the little pumpkin sweets too 😀
Thanks Luchia! 🙂
Those mini pumpkins are adorable! I just want to hug one right now (and then stuff it in my mouth, of course). Your cupcakes look fabulous, as always!
Thanks Eva! The mini pumpkins made the perfect decoration for these cupcakes! So happy you like these!
Welcome to the wonderful world of pumpkin!! You are my frosting hero – they are almost to beautiful to eat! (Almost – I would totally eat one in a FLASH!)
Thanks Kate! I cannot wait to try more pumpkin recipes now!
Glad my frosting impressed you! 🙂
Pumpkin is totally awesome in sweet recipes! In fact, here in the US, we often have to remind ourselves that pumpkin is totally awesome in savory recipes, too. Welcome to the pumpkin madness, Jess! 🙂
Thanks so much, David!
I’m all about pumpkin-spice everything right now!!! I love these cupcakes! festive and delicious!
Thanks so much, Alice!
Oh my gawsh, girlfriend! You are totally right, time IS flying by wayyyyy to fast! These cupcakes look seriously delicious PLUS they are super cute to look at! LOVE the pumpkin spice flavored cupcake and cream cheese frosting happens to be my all time favorite! So these have my name written all over them! Pinned! Cheers!
These really do look moist and fluffy. And that frosting looks heavenly!
Thanks Amanda! They were really delicious!
Love these!! It was 27 degrees as I walked to the train this morning in Boston, so I am in FULL ON fall mood (or is it winter???).
Thanks Sues! It’s been so chilly here, definitely feeling more like winter than autumn!
We are totally pumpkin obsessed in the US. I happen to love pumpkin and use it all year – even in August. 🙂 Cream cheese frosting and pumpkin are so awesome together and these cupcakes are adorable!
Thanks Rachelle! Cream cheese frosting + pumpkin = amazing combo! Glad you like these!
These cupcakes are gorgeous, Jess! I love seeing all the pumpkin recipes around this time of year and those marshmallow pumpkins are seriously the cutest!!! I wish I had three of these right now 🙂
Thanks so much, Kelly!
These look delish Jess! I love the combo of pumpkin and cream cheese frosting! I labsolutely ove all desserts with pumpkin 🙂
Thanks Johelene! I really loved your pumpkin spice bundt cake – looks delicious. 🙂
These cupcakes look fabulous!
Well these look absolutely gorgeous! It’s funny – I think of pumpkin as being equal toward savory and sweet. I honestly love it both ways!
Thanks so much, Marissa! It’s definitely great both ways!
Aww these cupcakes are super cute! Well done Jess! Gorgeous photos as always too!
Happy Monday! I just can’t stop looking at these gorgeous cupcakes! Yeah everyone is going crazy about pumpkin here in the US 🙂
These are so pretty, Jess — I love those beautiful swirls! These are the perfect cupcakes for fall!
Thanks so much, Marcie!
This looks like a mighty good choice for a first pumpkin recipe! Love a pumpkin spice cupcake!
Those mini pumpkins are the perfect topping for your cupcakes! We don’t get pumpkin purée here but I am sure I could make my own 🙂
Thanks Tandy! You could definitely use homemade puree, they would work just as well. 🙂
I love, love, love spiced cakes! And you really knocked these pumpkin spice cupcakes out of the park for your first pumpkin recipe on the blog! I’ll take a dozen please 🙂
Thanks Katheleen! Spiced cakes are my favourite!
So pretty *-*
Thanks Eva! 😀
These look so cute Jessica! I’ve heard people in the UK look at pumpkin like pig’s food? I love it and we use it a lot but I think they love it even more in America 😀
Thanks so much, Lorraine! I don’t actually mind pumpkin, but it’s not something that’s traditionally in any of our recipes. But I think I will definitely be baking and cooking more pumpkin dishes from now! 😀
I love baking with pumpkin, it’s such a great ingredients. These cupcakes look so pretty and I can imagine taste wonderful too. Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas
People may be annoyed by Pumpkin Spice everything, but OMG I WANNA CHOW DOWN ON 10 of these!!!!!!
Thanks GiGi! Loving all the pumpkin recipes! So delicious!
They’re just perfect. The frosting ratio looks ideal, and your photos are sooooo tempting!! I have some homemade mellowcreme pumpkins that I think would look adorable atop such a recipe…
Thanks Jessie! The frosting went really well with the spiced cupcakes! Oh, I’m going to check out your recipe for mellowcreme pumpkins, they sound super yummy!
These cupcakes are so cute–love those little pumpkins you put on top! 🙂
These cupcakes are adorable!
Thank you Nicole!
I love these cupcakes! I’ve been daydreaming about Halloween cupcakes and these may have fulfilled my dreams 😉 I’m sure mine won’t be as pretty, but I can’t wait to try!
Thanks Megan! Halloween cupcakes have been on my must bake list for ages now. Yours will look fab – I love your recipes! 😀
Oooh these are perfect first pumpkin recipe! They look amazing!
these are perfect! I love me some pumpkin during this time of the year! Love the spooky decor!
Thanks so much, Manali!
Pumpkin cupcakes are an autumn necessity, and these look fabulous! Your frosting swirl is perfect!
These cupcakes look SO good. I want that cream cheese frosting! I’ve been baking with pumpkin for the last month or so and can’t stop!
Thanks so much, Amanda!
My husband is Australian and he is the same…he thought pumpkin pie was the strangest thing ever! But now he’s a fan. These cupcakes look amazing!
Thanks so much, Denise! I’m loving all the pumpkin recipes at the moment. I have to try making pumpkin pie – that’s been on my must bake list for ages! 🙂
Oh wow these look divine! I have never made a pumpkin dessert before, I must give it a go! Alas it’s hard to find canned pumpkin in Australia 🙁
Thanks so much, Swah! You should give pumpkin desserts a go, they taste really amazing! 🙂
New Zealand and Australia must be the same as the UK – hardly anyone would think to bake with pumpkin, so I can’t say I have ever tried it! It will certainly be on the to-do list for next autumn with all the gorgeous pumpkin recipes around at the moment though. I love how you have paired the pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting too – the perfect contrasting tanginess! <3
Thanks Claudia! I’ll look forward to seeing some of your pumpkin recipes next autumn. The cupcakes work really well with the tangy frosting!