Pumpkin Maple Chip Cupcakes

Confession: I get slightly obsessed with random stuff quite easily. For example, cinnamon baking chips. I have used the Hershey’s brand in the past, but for some reason I could not find them at my local market. I then checked every single market within a 15 mile radius of my home and even enlisted help from Bri and my good friend, Jo. Needless to say we all ended up empty handed.

I am ashamed to admit it, but I also contacted Hershey’s directly. Pretty lame, but I wanted those damn cinnamon chips! They told me to check my local Meijer, so I checked and Jo re-checked… still not a bag in sight. I then gave in and hit up the internet, my google search leading me to a cute little baking site called The Prepared Pantry. They have mini cinnamon chips AND mini maple chips!

The mere thought of mini maple chips sent me over the edge and I immediately placed an order. As I hit the purchase button, I swear I heard Bri and Jo breathed a sigh of relief!

My package was on my doorstep within a few days and immediately my brain was in overdrive thinking about what deliciously addictive dessert I would bake first. My first thought was cupcakes and my second thought was of course – pumpkin {shocking, I know}!

Another google search led me to a recipe on the lovely Smitten Kitchen’s site for Pumpkin Cupcakes and I had my game plan: Pumpkin Maple Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Seriously how could this combination be a bad thing? Well, my friends, it is a very good thing …a deliciously pumpkin-y, maple-y good thing! I will definitely be making these again and I am now on the hunt for more recipes to toss these little maple gems into!

If you have any delicious recipes for these maple chips, send them my way via Twitter or email them to mybakingaddiction{at}gmail{dot}com!

Thanks for stopping by, have a deliciously addictive week!

Pumpkin Maple Chip Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup firmly packed dark-brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk mixed with 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin

2/3 cup Mini Maple Chips (I bet cinnamon chips work just great, if ya can find them!)

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

2 (8) ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter; softened
2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Beanilla’s Vanilla Bean Paste)


For the Cupcakes

1. Preheat the oven to 350° (175°C). Line a cupcake pan with 18 liners.

2. In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and salt into a medium bowl.

3. Add the eggs 1 at a time to the mixer, scraping down the sides after each addition. Alternate adding the flour and milk mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat in the pumpkin until smooth and fold in the mini maple chips. Scoop the batter among the cupcake liners — you’re looking to get them 3/4 full. Rap the filled pans once on the counter to release any air bubbles. Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool the cupcakes on racks completely.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

1. In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix cream cheese and butter until smooth.

2. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth and creamy.

3. Stir in vanilla extract.

4. Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

- Adapted from David Leite & Smitten Kitchen


27 Responses to “Pumpkin Maple Chip Cupcakes”

  1. Nancy/n.o.e — October 25, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Love the way these cupcakes look! I'm going to have to try this combination. Thanks to your tip, I have a nice supply of both cinnamon chips and maple chips, but haven't baked with either yet.

  2. Alison — October 25, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Those look gorgeous. I've never commented here before, but I really, REALLY love your blog and have made many of your recipes. Most recently I made the pumpkin cookies, half with brown sugar frosting and the other half with cream cheese frosting. I made them for a school bake sale and they were a huge hit.
    Years ago I lived in Southern Arizona and found the Hershey's cinnamon chips quite readily. Ever since we left AZ, I have not been able to find them again, which has saddened me greatly. This summer we took a vacation to Hershey, PA and I stocked up on the cinnamon chips while we were there. I've been rationing them wisely to insure that I don't run out too soon!

  3. thehobbyholic — October 25, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    WHERE did you find candy corn looking kisses? Super cute!

  4. Deborah W — October 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    I want to know about that candy corn/kiss on top of the cupcake, too! Sooo cute! I'm going to try this recipe, with or without the chips!

  5. Katie — October 26, 2009 at 2:46 am

    They look wonderful and so tasty. Love the cute little peaks of icing on top

  6. Jennifer — October 26, 2009 at 4:46 am

    MAPLE chips!!! Ohhhh I need to get my hands on those!!! These cupcakes are sooo adorable!!

  7. Jen — October 26, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Cute cupcakes. I love the pic with the candy corn kiss on it!

  8. Karin — October 26, 2009 at 8:05 am

    How cute are those little candy corn chips/kisses! I've never seen those before. The pumpkin/maple combination does sound delicious! And I have tossed the mini cinnamon chips into pancake batter and they were delicious! I'm sure the maple chips would be excellent as well.

  9. Maria — October 26, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I stocked up on cinnamon chips. I will have to try these!

  10. cakeflower — October 26, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I've been looking everywhere in Sacramento and surrounds for the cinnamon ones as well…no luck!

    Beautiful cupcakes and I can smell them baking in my head! :)

  11. pigpigscorner — October 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I totally understand you, I do that too. They look so cute!

  12. Jamie — October 26, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for commenting! I purchased the cute Candy Corn Kisses at Target! Happy Baking!


  13. Monica H — October 26, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    pretty pictures and cupcakes! I've never had maple chips but they sound interesting What about adding them to panakes or scones?!

  14. Michele — October 27, 2009 at 6:09 am

    I love pumpkin! I can't wait to try all of your pumpkin recipes! Thanks!

  15. Children of the 90s — October 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

    These are adorable, I want to try them…especially with the candy corn kisses!

  16. justJENN — October 27, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    It took me forever to find the cinnamon chips too! NOW I have to get maple ones! You're killing me!

  17. Abbie — October 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Just wanted to let you know I made your chocolate cupcake PB frosting tonight. Amazing! I think I might have to try all of your cupcakes, and then everything else on this blog. You rock!

    PS everyone I know is in love with your chocolate with raspberry white chocolate cream cheese.

  18. Amanda — October 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I had never heard of either of these things before. That's crazy. I was expecting maple pumpkin cupcakes with chocolate chips.

  19. Obe's — October 28, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I can smell them from here !!
    I made the Pumkin Loaf today , smells like heaven in the house.
    I did a post about it and gave you credit !!
    Thanks again

  20. CaSaundraLeigh — October 28, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I am a baking chip addict to say the least, and I too get into a rage when stores stop carrying the ones I realllly want. These sound great–I love how you put em' to good use!

  21. Pamela — October 28, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I have GOT to order these maple chips! I keep forgetting. These cupcakes look divine and I just know that they taste incredible. Gotta get those chips…

  22. Kerstin — October 28, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    These look like the perfect cupcakes for Halloween – yum!

  23. Ingrid — October 29, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I've got so much stuff! It's really ridiculous. I shop with the idea of "what if" and "just in case"! I'm TRYING really hard not to even visit those sites! With that said I want maple chips! First thing to pop into mind? Pancakes!

  24. Vicky — September 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I am trying to find maple chips and have discovered that The Prepared Pantry no longer has them. The company making them has discontinued them. Do you have another source???

    • Jamie — September 20th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      King Arthur Flour carries Maple Flavor Bites – you can check them out here.

  25. hayley wright — May 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    ive always found pumpkin a tricky thing to make into something ive been keen to try and make cakes with it, will try these cupcakes and they would be perfect for halloween pumkin left overs and they look great !

  26. So cute cupcakes! They can be great dessert for Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays! Nice job!

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