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When October started, I declared it pumpkin treat month – meaning all of the birthday treats I brought in October would be pumpkin based. When I decided this, I knew I wanted to do a pumpkin cake roll, and also some type of pumpkin cake or cupcakes. I didn’t have a go-to recipe for pumpkin cake, but I figured it would be easy enough to find one. Well, I was wrong. All of the recipes I found were for the bundt cakes that start with a cake mix. Although it sounded tasty, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Luckily, one day while surfing food blogs, I ran across a post on YumSugar for pumpkin cake, two ways. The second version was exactly what I was looking for!!

I wanted to do cupcakes since they seem to go over better at work. Maybe it’s the single serving portion, but cupcakes always get eaten while there is usually left over cake. I was a little worried for some reason, but these came out perfectly!! I didn’t use the frosting recipe from YumSugar, but opted for my go -to cream cheese frosting. These cupcakes ended up being one of my favorites that I have made so far. The pumpkin flavor was perfect and the spices accented it wonderfully. This recipe will be sticking around my kitchen!!

Pumpkin Cupcakes
adapted from YumSugar (original recipe from Silvana Nardone)

1 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup milk
Grated zest of 1 orange
One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree

Preheat the oven to 350°.

In a bowl, sift together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and the 1 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until combined.

Beat in the flour mixture in 3 parts alternately with the milk and orange zest on low speed until just combined. Add the pumpkin puree and beat until just combined.

Pour into cupcake liners and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

The cream cheese frosting recipe can be found here.

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18 Responses to Pumpkin Cupcakes

  1. Cheryl says:

    A classic cupcake. I have pumpkin lotion on right now. So I will think of your cupcakes when I smell it.

  2. Esther says:

    They look wonderful. I don’t suppose you know what is in pumpkin pie spice do you? We don’t have that here but I think my boys would like something like that. Love the pumpkin on top of the cupcake is that made of marzipan or icing or something else?

  3. Lisa Kendrick says:

    The candy pumpkin on top is so cute! I’ve been meaning to make a pumpkin dessert and just haven’t figured out what I want. Your cupcakes look delicious, and like you said, are easier to take to work.

  4. Sabrina says:

    These look absolutely beautiful! I wanted to make ones like these but just haven’t gotten around to it! Yours are absolutely beautiful!

  5. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Ha! We posted cupcakes on the same day. Yours look gorgeous. I looked everywhere here for something cute like your pumpkin lolly on top but no luck! They look great.

  6. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Ha! We posted cupcakes on the same day. Yours look gorgeous. I looked everywhere here for something cute like your pumpkin lolly on top but no luck! They look great.

  7. Kevin says:

    Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting sounds really good. And I have a lot of pumpkin puree just waiting to be used.

  8. Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita says:

    Deborah, these are truly beautiful. They look professionally decorated. Great job :)Did I spell professionally wrong? haha

  9. Shandy says:

    OM Goodness! These cupcakes sound wonderful and your pictures, as always, are perfect! I just love the candy pumpkin idea for the top of the frosting! =D

  10. Courtney says:

    i thought i saw a pumpkin cupcake like this before, yours look beautiful

  11. Anh says:

    Deborah, your cupcakes are so well-done! Great job!

  12. Nicole says:

    These sound great! I went a little pumpkin crazy last month and still have a few cans of it in my pantry. Since we are moving soon, I need to use it up quick!

  13. Patricia Scarpin says:

    These are so beautiful, Deb! And the decoration is just superb.

  14. April says:

    These look fabulous!!
    Esther, pumpkin pie spice, has cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg in it.

  15. Cynthia says:


    You know you are right, with cupcakes one never has to worry about left-over cake 🙂

  16. SimplePleasures says:

    how did you make the pumpkin on top of the cupcake? its so cute

  17. Cate says:

    So adorable!

  18. eatme_delicious says:

    Yum I have been wanting to make pumpkin cupcakes for weeks now. These look perfect and I love the little pumpkin on top. 🙂

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