Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Pumpkin Cupcakes are the perfect way to get your autumn baking on! They mimic the flavors of pumpkin pie perfectly and taste absolutely amazing with your favorite cream cheese frosting or maple whipped cream!

If you haven’t noticed already, I can not get enough pumpkin in my life around this time of the year. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin everything! So naturally, I really wanted to get some baking done now that the weather has cooled off and I can finally use my oven again.

Pumpkin Cupcake with wrapper still on it on an orange dish

As much as we love carrot cake or banana cake, once fall hits, I’m all about the pumpkin cake! Pumpkin Cupcakes are the perfect tender handheld bite of pumpkiny goodness! They are simple to whip up and make the entire house smell like pumpkin pie spice. I HAD to taste test them before they were even cool enough to frost!

Pumpkin Cupcake batter being poured into cupcake wrapper

How To Make Cupcakes

To make cupcakes, start by getting your batter together. For these pumpkin cupcakes, I start with the wet ingredients then add the dry ones.

Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners (this is a fun way to get creative if you are throwing a themed event or party). When you add the batter to the muffin tin, they need to be equally sized so they cook evenly.

The easiest way to do this is to use an ice cream scoop or a freezer bag and pipe the batter into the liners.

Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely before you add your favorite frosting.

If they are still warm at all, the frosting will melt creating cupcake chaos!
Pumpkin Cupcake on a plate with bite taken out of it

How To Frost Cupcakes

There’s no right or wrong way to frost cupcakes, and all bakers have a method that works for them. Depending on how you want the pumpkin cupcakes to look, you need the right tool for the job! I use a piping bag to keep everything as neat as possible, but a spatula or even a plastic bag will do the trick.

Once pumpkin cupcakes are completely cooled add your favorite frosting!

What Frosting Goes With Pumpkin Cupcakes?

Pumpkin cupcakes work perfectly with any frosting you might use from a Cream Cheese Frosting to a Chocolate Ganache Frosting.  I also love to top these with perfectly whipped cream flavored with a little bit of maple extract.

If you aren’t a maple fan, regular vanilla whipped cream works perfectly too!

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Review Recipe

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Author Holly Nilsson
Pumpkin cupcakes are the perfect way to get your autumn baking on! They mimic the flavors of pumpkin pie perfectly and taste absolutely amazing with your favorite frosting or maple whipped cream!


  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs slightly beaten
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin tins with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl combine flour, cornstarch, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.
  • In a large bowl beat the oil, sugar, eggs and pumpkin puree together with a hand blender to mix. Next, add the dry ingredients and continue to blend well, about a minute more.
  • Pour batter into lined muffin tins about ⅔ full then bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 182, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 175mg, Potassium: 75mg, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 2795IU, Vitamin C: 0.8mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 0.9mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword pumpkin cupcakes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. Awesome! I was looking for a sugar-free cupcake recipe for my daughter’s 1 year birthday in October, and thought pumpkin would be cool, and found this! Cannot WAIT to try it!!!5 stars