Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Wow, it’s December already! The last week in November got away from me… looking back, it was a week of cooking, cleaning, cooking, shopping, cooking, eating. Now that my kitchen is no longer a whirlwind and my pants will button again, I can get back to baking and blogging.

I made this recipe for a function at work; the cake recipe came as a recommendation from one of my twitter followers. If I could locate the tweet, I would give them a little shout out, but unfortunately I deleted it by accident! Thanks for the recipe, Katie!

These pumpkin cupcakes are truly delightful…they are light, flavorful and super moist. The cinnamon cream cheese frosting made them even more amazing because the flavor combination was truly harmonious. If you have any leftover pumpkin from your holiday feast, definitely give these a whirl. I guarantee you will love ‘em! Just be warned, these were a contributing factor of all my pants fitting a tad too snug. Well, that and all the damn stuffing I shoved down my face!

Have a fabulous day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Yield: 20 cupcakes


For the Pumpkin Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

2 (8) ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
1 TBS ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


For the Pumpkin Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree.

3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until tops spring back when touched, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pans once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

1. Using a mixer, blend the butter and cream cheese together until well combined.

2. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated.

3. Finally mix in vanilla and cinnamon.


- I used this large French Tip from Bake It Pretty to pipe the frosting. I love this piping tip more than words can express! The site is pretty darn awesome too!

- adapted from Martha Stewart


104 Responses to “Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Karen — July 25, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I realize you made this post awhile ago and the link to that tip no longer works. Any chance you have a brand name and number for it or can update the link? Loving your site! Thanks so much for your time.

  2. Stefanie — September 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I made this over the weekend and they are AMAZING! Well received at work!

    I do have a question about the frosting though…you indicate 2 POUNDS of confectioners’ sugar. Is that actually correct? I just added 2 cups because 2 pounds sounded a little excessive and I thought it would be too difficult to mix in.

    • Jamie — September 13th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Stefanie,

      I know it sounds like a lot, but I’ve made this frosting so often, I can make it in my sleep. You’re certainly welcome to use less, but 2 lbs. is indeed the correct measurement. Powdered Sugar typically comes in 2 lb. bags, and most of my frosting recipes have been formulated to use an entire bag. Using less will most likely give you a different textured frosting than you see in my photos.

  3. aggie — September 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I am planning to try these out in the wilton mini cupcake pumpkin pan for my daughter’s first birthday. The pan is two parts and frosting in the middle, think this recipe would work for that? And, if I color the frosting orange will it affect the taste? Here is the pan: http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Pumpkins-Cake-Multi-Cavities-Party-Accessory/dp/B007SQ7MCS/ref=pd_sbs_k_5/181-2448189-5284754


    • Jamie — September 22nd, 2013 at 7:15 pm


      That cupcake pan is adorable! A small amount of food coloring should not affect the flavor of the frosting. Have a wonderful day and Happy Birthday to your daughter!


      • Aggie — November 9th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        These cupcakes are awesome! Easy to make, excellent flavor and very moist! Thank you!!

        • Jamie — November 20th, 2013 at 12:13 pm


          I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you so much for stopping in to share your experience with the recipe! Have a great day!


  4. Fizzy Party — September 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I just made these cupcakes for a girls luncheon. While baking these my house smelled like fall. I love the smell of fall. I made mini’s and at the luncheon the girls couldn’t stop popping these in their mouths. They were so good. Thank you for posting this recipe. I’ve added the link on my Facebook page so you may be getting more compliments and visits :)

    • Jamie — September 22nd, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      That’s fantastic news! Thank you so much for stopping in to share, and have a wonderful day!


      • cheryl — September 30th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

        What is the drizzle ontop?

        • Jamie — September 30th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

          There isn’t a drizzle on top of these cupcakes, just frosting. I hope this helps.

  5. nikki — September 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I made the batter and didn’t have all the spices but I put it in my donut maker and the recipe created perfect plump pumpkin spice donuts. yummmmmm. Oh and I made it gluten free by using the Gluten Free All Purpose Flour from Trader Joes. They were light and moist and tasty. I traded your 2 cups of All Purpose flour for exactly 2 cups of the Gluten Free flour mix,

    • Jamie — October 2nd, 2013 at 12:00 pm


      Yum, pumpkin donuts! I feel like I need those in my life. Thanks so much for stopping in to let us know your experience with the recipe and have a great day!


  6. Deborah — September 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Can these be made with an egg substitute? What would you recommend?

    • Jamie — October 3rd, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      I have never attempted this recipe with an egg substitute, so I cannot attest to the final product. If you attempt it, let me know how it goes. Have a great day!

  7. Lauren — October 5, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I just made these tonight as a test run for my Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry in a couple of weeks! The verdict: this recipe definitely made the cut. Moist, tasty cake and silky frosting with a warm cinnamon note = winner!

    • Jamie — October 5th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      I am so glad to hear they worked out so well for you – and for such a good cause! Have a great weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  8. Malaika — October 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Would it make a difference if I mixed the batter with my kitchen aid or is it best to whisk it by hand?

    • Jamie — October 16th, 2013 at 10:44 am


      You can use a mixer for the batter as well, just make sure to mix it lightly until all combined. If it’s over mixed the cake won’t rise as much. Thank you so much for following MBA and have a fantastic day!


  9. Krystina — October 12, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Made these with a friend 2 weeks ago. INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! We doubled the recipe and ended up with around 60 cupcakes which was okay because they went fast! I sold them at school and made at least $20 in a day. Also brought them to my cousin’s birthday party nearly a week after making them and they were still just as good. Favorite cupcake recipe yet!

    • Jamie — October 16th, 2013 at 10:58 am


      Wow! That’s wonderful to hear! I’m so happy that they were such a hit. Have a lovely day!


  10. Nikki — October 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Made these cupcakes last night for a fundraiser dinner.

    OMG, they’re fab! I did tweak the recipe a bit, added some ground clove to give it a kick. As well as adding a bit more other spices. They turned out beautifully!

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2013 at 7:27 pm


      It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the recipe so much! Thank you for coming back to share, and thank you for following MBA!


  11. sweet d — October 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    You had me at “cinnamon cream cheese frosting”! These were sooooo good and a great subsstitute for a pumpkin roll up. Thansk for the great recipe!!

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      You’re very welcome! I’m in love with the frosting too! Have a fantastic day and thank you so much for following MBA!


  12. Kathy — October 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Made these yesterday and they are perfect and delicious! I totally thought the spices were going to be too much…not at all! The cupcakes are moist the frosting isn’t over powering. A beautiful combination! Plus, I made them for a church function and got rave reviews from everyone who had one. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you for sharing!

    • Jamie — October 28th, 2013 at 10:30 am


      Thank you so much! It’s wonderful to hear that they were such a hit! Thanks for stopping in to share. Have a great day!


  13. Patricia — October 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm


    Just had a question- how long do they keep for? I want to make them for work and I was thinking of making the cupcakes the night before, the icing that morning?


    • Jamie — January 10th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      They should keep for at least 2 days in the refrigerator, so that should be fine.
      – Jamie

  14. gerrilyn — November 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Just made these today and they are amazing! my husband is going to take them to work tomorrow – should i refrigerate them overnight because of the cream cheese icing?

  15. Katherine — November 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Holy cow these are amazing, but my icing is too thin and kind of oozes rather than sits nicely on top. Tips?

    • Jamie — January 10th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Try chilling the frosting for 10 minutes before adding it to the cake. Also make sure the cake is *completely* cool before you try to frost it.
      – Jamie

  16. AMy — December 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I tried your pumpkin roll recipe and it went flawlessly! It was absolutely delicious and everyone loved it. I was excited to try this cupcake recipe. I am not sure what I did wrong but the pumpkin cake was not as tasty as the cake on the pumpkin roll and I had an enormous amount of icing left over. Any ideas on what I can try to improve it for next time?

    • Jamie — January 10th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Amy, taste is pretty subjective, so I can’t really help much here. What is it about the cake that you didn’t like as much? Moistness? Up the oil level slightly. Spices? Add more. As for icing, as you can probably tell from most of my cupcake photos, I’m a fan of piping on lots of frosting. That’s probably why you had some left over.
      – Jamie

  17. Shauna — April 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Can you make this as a layer cake?

    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Hi Shauna,
      That should be fine, but you’ll need to increase the baking time for cake pans. I haven’t done it, so I don’t know exactly how long, but I’d guess the cakes would need to bake at least 35-40 minutes.
      – Jamie

  18. cheryl — September 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    These look amazing. Trying them today. What is the drizzle on top?

    • Jamie — September 30th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      There isn’t a drizzle on top of these cupcakes, just frosting. I hope this helps.

  19. Steph — October 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    In my tired baking state I actually forgot to add the butter to these cupcakes! I was so worried about how they would come out and yet they came out deliciously. The pumpkin kept it moist and rich and perfect. I will definitely use this recipe again, and I may skip the butter then too!

    • Jamie — October 10th, 2014 at 10:25 am

      I am glad the recipe turned out well for you! Thanks for visiting.


  20. Sammie D — October 13, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Hi Jamie! I am planning on making these for work, look amazing. I was wondering it says 2 POUNDS of confectioners sugar, did you mean 2 CUPS?

    • Jamie — October 13th, 2014 at 10:40 am

      It is actually two pounds. I hope this helps.


  21. Debbie — September 27, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I would like to know the ingredients for the gluten-free version. I looked but was unable to find it or looked in the wrong place.
    Thank you…….

  22. Beth — November 26, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Made these this morning for Thanksgiving, they were devoured! Thank you for the recipe

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