Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin and maple are two of the delicious and distinct flavors of fall.  They work together beautifully in these moist and flavorful cupcakes.

Top the cupcakes with mini cookies (as shown), or save time by simply topping the cupcakes with a dash of cinnamon or a candied nut.


The perfect cupcakes for fall! Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Start with a delicious batch of my favorite Pumpkin Cupcakes.  The recipe (as listed HERE) can be made with, or without nuts.

Finish the cakes with this creamy, delicious and subtle maple frosting (below).

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Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: Will frost 20-25 cupcakes, or frost and fill a two layer 8" cake

This delicious frosting is a perfect complement to pumpkin, apple or maple cupcakes.


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
1-8oz. package cream cheese, cold
4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespooons maple syrup (grade B prefered)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon (cold) heavy cream, if desired


In the bowl of an electic mixer, add butter and beat until smooth.
Add cream cheese, and beat until fully incorporated, and smooth.
Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
Add maple syrup and vanilla, while mixing on low.
Add heavy cream, if desired.
Increase speed to medium, and continue beating 30 seconds or so, until light and fluffy.

Recipe notes- I used grade B maple syrup from Tonewood.

Receipe Source- Glorious Treats (a variation of my Cream Cheese Frosting)

Prop note- Wooden cake and cupcake stands handmade in South Carolina, by Wood Expressions.


  1. I can always count on you for the most beautiful and tasty display of goodies:)! Pin now, make later:)!

  2. They look ever so tasty

  3. wow they look and sound yummy, and those stands, so pretty!

  4. Mmmmm…this sounds so yummy! Such beautiful presentation too 🙂

  5. I just have to tell you how much I look forward to it when you post something new!! I am enjoying one of your pumpkin cinnamon muffins right now!! I LOVE your recipes!!

  6. SO stinkin adorable!! Does ANY of your desserts turn out ugly??

    • You’re super sweet Kristan! You made my morning! Oh yes, I make lots of non-pretty things… but I try to not post too many of them! We eat the evidence!

  7. These are so adorable and sound delicious! The maple cream cheese frosting sounds oh so yummy.

  8. Delicious and gorgeous! Double duty!! 🙂

  9. I adore those tiny little cookies and I would probably eat handfuls!

  10. They are beautiful and beautifully displayed! Maple cream cheese frosting sounds sooooo GOOD!
    BTW, I won’t be going to CookieCon after all. It just wasn’t going to work out so I got a refund. Hopefully I can meet you next year or somewhere else:) Have a blast, Glory!

    • So sorry you couldn’t make it to Cookie Con, would have loved to meet you! Yes, we’ll have to meet up another time for sure! If you ever make your way toward Sacramento, let me know!

  11. Really like the cupcakes- but LOOOOVVVEEE the wooden stands!!! They are beautiful!


  12. Those mini cookie toppers are adorable!

  13. Your photos look amazing. I just want to snatch those treats and eat them. Will definitely be making them.

  14. These cupcakes are so beautiful! I loved the mini cookies!

  15. Always on the lookout for pumpkin related recipes because I LOVE pumpkin!

  16. These are the best cupcakes EVER!! I made them several times this fall and people loved them, many saying they were them most delicious they had ever eaten in their lives. Just wanted to share that the other night I had to leave the batter in the fridge overnight before baking, and my husband and mom said they were even better. (I’ll try it again to find out for sure!) Wonderful recipe–thanks, Glory!

  17. I am not a fan of pumpkin…can sweet potato be used as a substitute?

  18. This is such a beautiful site, so full of insights and ideas. Thank you for always sharing. Your photos look divine 🙂

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  21. Oh wow, not only do they look lovely but the sound like they would taste heavenly.

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  23. Awesome cupcake.

    Here have you used two diff papers for the bottom n wall or is it placed against the wall . Could you share pls?

  24. I have never received the kind of reaction to my cupcakes from my husband like the one I just received. Your recipes are consistent, and very easy to follow. I end up trying a new one almost every week. This one (according to my husband) was the best I’ve ever made. Moist. Flavorful. Super Tasty Frosting. THANK YOU!

  25. I have noticed your are using cold cream cheese. I always thought it was to be room temp —- will the cold mix in? I would imagine it would be better to pipe being cold???? Appreciate any help….. thank you

    • Yes, I always use cream cheese right from the fridge to insure the frosting is nice and thick and pipes well. This only works if you have a stand mixer. If you are using a hand mixer you will likely need to let the cream cheese soften a bit.

  26. What font did you use in the picture?

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  28. I was in the middle of making mini carrot cake cupcakes today and I was looking for a maple cream cheese frosting recipe. I ran into your beautiful photos and decided to try your recipe. It came out light, creamy, fluffy, and again beautiful!!! Just like the photos!!! Thank you for sharing your yummy recipe. You are the best! Woot Woot! =)

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