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Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

EASY Pumpkin Cupcakes with cream cheese icing is one of the best recipes for fall baking. These cupcakes are from scratch and super moist with the best frosting!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cupcake, pumpkin
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 455kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $8-10



  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Make the Cupcakes:
  • Note: You can use a hand or a stand mixer for this recipe, or just do it by hand.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cavity cupcake pan with liners.
  • Whisk together baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and flour in a small bowl.
  • Whisk oil, both sugars, and pumpkin until smooth in a large bowl. Whisk in eggs and vanilla, then gently stir in dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Fill cupcake pans 2/3 full, making 12 cupcakes. Bake about 14-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cupcakes. Cool before frosting.
  • Make the Frosting:
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  • Slowly add in powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  • Frosting option: use a 1M tip for a beautiful cupcake.
  • Topping suggestions: use a pumpkin candy corn or dust with cinnamon
  • Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Cupcakes and frosting can be frozen separately.


Note: substitute 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice for the spices listed if you wish.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 3707IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg