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pumpkin cupcakes with sprinkles

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Look no further for the perfect pumpkin cupcake! These from scratch Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are moist and spiced and topped with the perfect cream cheese frosting.




  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (8 oz)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 34 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.

Recipe Notes:

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

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1 cupcake
  • Calories: 440
  • Sugar: 51 g
  • Sodium: 263 mg
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 60 mg

Keywords: Pumpkin Cupcakes, Cream Cheese Frosting