In The Kitchen - Dessert
October 22, 2021

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Creamy pumpkin goodness in a cup... a cake cup!

6 min read

These rich and soft treats will delight you and your guests alike. I made them for Hocus Pocus movie night, and they put a spell on everyone!

I chose to top these with the same pumpkin spice buttercream icing I used for my snickerdoodle cupcakes, but they also pair well with maple buttercream, salted caramel drizzle and/or biscoff cookie and praline pecan crumble.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min

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  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 6 teaspoons pumpkin spice (or 4 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/3 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon coves, 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/3 brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree


  • 2 eight ounce packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped praline pecans and biscoff cookie crumbs to top (optional)

Note: You can top these in so many ways - salted caramel, mini chocolate chips, mini Reese’s chips, etc.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line the cupcake tin with cupcake liners.


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
  • In your electric mixer, cream the sugars, butter, and oil together until smooth.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time while mixing on low.
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture, then with a spatula gently fold in the vanilla and pumpkin puree.
  • Pour the batter into the lined cupcake tin.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes in tray


  • combine all ingredients in your electric mixer.  For a stiffer icing, add additional powdered sugar.
  • Frost cupcakes once they have fully cooled.
  • Sprinkle or drizzle with your favorite toppings (caramel, praline pecans, cookie crumble, etc.)
Pumpkin spice cupcakes shaped like pumpkins

Tis the season to celebrate all things pumpkin.  More importantly, tis the season to gather together - something I think we are all a little more grateful for.

For more of my recipes to share at your table, check out my In the Kitchen page.

Wishing you warm kitchens and rich gatherings filled with memories!


Halloween setups for pumpkin spice cupcakes