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Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe

A pumpkin cupcake is a festive dessert that works both for the flavors of fall and all the Halloween parties that are happening right now. I am definitely one of those people who go a little pumpkin crazy this time of year. Sorry not sorry, ha. I just love pumpkin even in the form of a pumpkin cupcake.

This recipe makes a dense cupcake but not quite as heavy as pumpkin bread. Cream cheese frosting is the natural frosting of choice.While cream cheese frosting is relatively easy to make, I actually opt for parties or kids to just use store bought frosting and then let them go crazy decorating with sprinkles. It’s just fast and easy. After I made these we actually decorated them outside at our mini picnic table with some friends. The kids were thrilled and it was a really picture perfect fall moment. Oh fall how you seduce with your pretty leaves and pumpkin flavored everything.
Decorated Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe

Makes 12 cupcakes

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs (preferably room tempeture)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 12 count muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. (Note: Try not to over mix the batter)
  • Bake at 350 for 18 minutes. Make sure to check the cupcakes based on your own oven’s cooking time a few minutes beforehand with a toothpick. It should come out clean when inserted.
  • Let your pumpkin cupcakes cool for at least 15 minutes before frosting them.

Pumpkin Cupcake

Pumpkin Cupcake Decorated Pumpkin Cupcakes

Frost, decorate and eat your pumpkin cupcakes to your heart’s content. Mmmmmmm yum!

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