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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple cream cheese frosting, pumpkin cupcakes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 22
Calories: 290kcal
This delicious frosting is a perfect complement to pumpkin, apple or maple cupcakes.
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Pumpkin Cupcakes

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated if possible
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional, but really add a nice flavor and texture

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, cold
  • 8 oz cream cheese 1 package, cold
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup grade B preferred
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream cold, if desired


Pumpkin Cupcakes

  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
  • In another large bowl whisk pumpkin, sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla.
  • Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir until completely combined.
  • Stir in chopped pecans.
  • Scoop batter into cupcake pan, lined with paper liners. Fill cups about 3/4 full. This batter perfectly makes 12 standard sized cupcakes.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350 (F) degrees for 22-24 minutes.
  • Let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Then transfer cupcakes to the wire rack and let cool completely.
  • Frost with maple cream cheese frosting.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 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.


I used grade B maple syrup fromĀ Tonewood.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 2032IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg