Pumpkin Cupcakes: A Tasty Treat This Halloween

This recipe just absolutely makes my mouth water! As far as that goes, most recipes made with pumpkin make my mouth water. Pumpkin is just so darned good for you! I could rave about pumpkin all day, but I will spare you. Let’s get on with the recipe!

Pumpkin cupcakes recipe

Pumpkin cupcakes—megan chromik (Flickr.com)


  • 12-Cup Muffin Pan
  • Paper Cupcake Cups or Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • Wire Whisk
  • Bowl to mix dry ingredients
  • Spatula or Spoonula
  • Electric Stand Mixer with Paddle Attachment or Hand Mixer
  • Ice Cream Scoop
  • Sifter
  • Cooling Rack
  • Small Metal Spatula or Piping Bag and Tip


  • 1-1/2 Cups All Purpose White Flour
  • 1-Cup Granulated White Sugar
  • 1-tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 Cup Butter at room temperature
  • 2-Large Eggs at room temperature
  • 1-tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Cup of Pumpkin Puree with no added spices

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4-ounces Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • 2- Tbsp. Butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract or Orange Extract with some Orange Zest (grated orange peel)
  • 1-1/2 Cups of Confectioners (powdered) Sifted Sugar
  • English Toffee Bits (optional)

Cake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Line your muffin pan with paper liners or spray with non stick vegetable spray.

Using a medium size bowl, combine all you dry ingredients and spices except the sugar. Whisk together.

In your mixer, combine 1/2 cup of butter and granulated sugar. If you are using salted butter, omit the salt from the recipe. Beat together until creamy and smooth.

Add eggs and beat into butter/sugar mixture one at a time. Beat in the vanilla extract. Make sure everything is well mixed.

Add the dry ingredients to the mixture alternating with the pumpkin. In other words, add a little dry ingredients then some pumpkin, then more dry ingredients. keep doing this until everything is mixed together, about a third each time. Mix the flour in at a lower speed so you won’t be wearing it. Increase speed as flour mixes in, scraping down the sides every now and then.

Scoop the cupcake batter into muffin cups equally.

Place in preheated oven for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on cooling rack.

Cream Cheese Icing Directions:

Place the room temperature butter and cream cheese in the mixing bowl. Beat until smooth and creamy removing all lumps. Mix in the vanilla extract. You can also use orange extract instead of the vanilla as well as some orange zest.

Add your sifted powdered sugar to the mixing bowl. Start mixing on low speed and gradually bring it up as the sugar mixes in. You want your frosting to be a light, fluffy consistency. If it is too thick add a little milk or cream to thin it out. If it is too thin add some more powdered sugar.

Use small metal spatula or piping bag and tips to ice your cupcakes. If you like more icing on your cupcakes you can double the recipe above. If you are using vanilla extract add toffee chips on top of your iced cupcakes. If you are using orange extract add a bit of orange zest to the top of your cupcake icing.

Stephanie Jaworski from Joy Of Baking Demonstrates This Recipe:

Enjoy these pumpkin cupcakes this Halloween. The kids will love them!

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