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The perfect pumpkin cupcakes, filled with warm fall spices and topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - The perfect pumpkin cupcakes, filled with warm fall spices and topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.
Photos Updated October 2014

It’s that time of year when it’s about all things pumpkin. It may just be where I am, but now that the pumpkin shortage is over, all I can find are the big cans of pumpkin, not the smaller cans. At first I was kind of annoyed, because on usually only need what is in a small can, not the big can. But now I’m loving it because it just means that I have to make even more pumpkin treats! So definitely look forward to more pumpkin goodness coming.

The perfect pumpkin cupcakes, filled with warm fall spices and topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.

I may already have several pumpkin cupcake recipes on my blog, but that didn’t stop me from trying a new one!  I actually wanted to do a photo tutorial on how to make the swirled frosting with 2 different colors, but things were just not going my way that day. First of all, I forgot that I had lost the tip that I love to the garbage disposal awhile ago. I went to the store to buy a new one, but they didn’t have any. It was Abbi’s nap time, so I couldn’t go traipsing all over town looking for one. Then when I got home and went to frost the cupcakes, I realized that I was out of the disposable piping bags. I will always use a large ziptop bag if I need to, but all I had were freezer bags that were 2 layers thick, so those weren’t so great for picture taking. Needless to say, everything was kind of a mess, so no tutorial today. **The photos on this post were updated in October of 2014, and I didn’t do the swirled frosting on the new cupcakes. But they are just as delicious!**

But if you are looking for the perfect pumpkin cupcakes, look no further. Ina Garten rarely lets me down, and this recipe is no exception! It’s a perfect, moist cupcake. I may have just found my go-to pumpkin cupcake recipe!

The perfect pumpkin cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
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The perfect pumpkin cupcakes, filled with warm fall spices and topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.
Serves: 12 servings
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (8 oz)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
For the Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, and nutmeg. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vegetable oil.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 prepared cups.
  4. Bake for 20-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
For the frosting:
  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency and sweetness. Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.
This makes enough cream cheese frosting to generously frost each cupcake. If you don't like a lot of frosting, you can easily halve the frosting recipe.

Slightly adapted from Ina Garten via House Beautiful


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25 Responses to Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I just made some pumpkin cupcakes too! These are decorated very creatively! Thanks!

  2. Kim says:

    Oh my do these look festive and delicious. You can always count on Ina.

  3. Miss Meat and Potatoes says:

    Oh my goodness… I so, so wish I had one of these with my coffee right now. I've seen lots of cupcake recipes from Ina but not pumpkin. This looks like a gem. Thanks for sharing!

  4. keepitsweet says:

    these days i love anything with cream cheese icing, and especially if it involves pumpkin

  5. Gina says:

    Yum, yum, yum. Pumpkin cupcakes have been on my to-do list for weeks. I love pumpkin recipes this time of year. I always use mascarpone instead of cream cheese in my frosting and it is amazing. You should try it!

  6. Susi says:

    Gorgeous! Love the recipe for the cupcakes and since I'm a big Ina fan I will have to bookmark this! I also love your great frosting and the cupcake holders are just darling!

  7. Frieda says:

    Beautiful! Life gets in the way and I'm willing to wait for the tutorial ~ Love Ina and her recipes.

  8. The Comfort of Cooking says:

    I am SO behind on my pumpking baking, and these cupcakes are tempting me to get started soon! They look as sweet and adorable as Halloween-inspired cupcakes can look… Great job, Deborah! (Btw, I will have those questions back to you very soon!)

  9. Joanne says:

    I could absolutely never tire of pumpkin baked goods and these look fantastic! Bookmarked. I love the multi-colored swirl!

  10. Maria says:

    Yay for pumpkin! I can't get enough!

  11. Jennifurla says:

    OH the sleeves…so adorable put anythin in them and I would eat it

  12. Abby says:

    So cute! Love to see you getting crafty! Ina rocks.

  13. Evan B says:

    There's nothing wrong with trying out new recipes 🙂 These look fab and I love the spider web liners!

  14. scrambledhenfruit says:

    So cute! I love your spiderwebs- the cupcake sounds delicious too.

  15. Monet says:

    I adore pumpkin cupcakes, I could eat one every day of the year. And I think that the cream cheese frosting sounds perfect. Cream cheese and pumpkin are a match made in heaven. Thanks for sharing…the wrapper looks precious!

  16. jen says:

    i love pumpkins. not sure if anyone already shared this tip, but you can make a piping bag out of parchment paper next time! I am sorry you had a bad baking day, I hate those kinds of days but then they help me refocus. c'est la vie.

  17. Holly says:

    These look soooo yuuuummy-I love those wrappers too!;)

  18. Vivienne says:

    haha when it rains, it pours…! how everything just don't go according to plans hehe. but i am really looking forward to your tutorial…ive no idea how you can do those twirls!!!

  19. blackbookkitchendiaries says:

    this would be so perfect for when i visit my family on thanksgiving:) thank you for sharing this and for stoppping by my website, you are so sweet. have a nice day.

  20. HoosierHomemade says:

    I love Ina! Love watching her on Food Network!
    This recipe sounds delicious! And the cupcake liner is beautiful! Where did you find it?
    Thanks so much for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!

  21. Natalie says:

    i've made an abundance of pumpkin recipes the last few weeks but haven't yet tried cupcakes. yours look beautiful!

  22. Creative Cupcake Recipes says:

    I love the wrappers. Very spooky looking. Pumpkin cupcakes are so good too.

  23. Jennifer says:

    Super cute decor!!!! I love these cupcakes!

  24. grace says:

    like carrot cake and zucchini cake, pumpkin cake definitely requires some cream cheese frosting. great recipe, deborah!

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