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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice makes everything nice is so true when it comes to these ridiculously flavorful cupcakes. Nothing better than a homemade baked treat filling your senses with the warm flavors of fall, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fall desserts, Halloween, pumpkin, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 224kcal
Author Eileen Kelly


Wet ingredients for pumpkin spice cupcakes

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

Dry Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup cup buttermilk

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 ounces Neufchatel cheese Note 1
  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup pure Maple syrup
  • ¾ cup confectioners sugar


How to Make Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners in a 12 muffin tin.
  • In the bowl of stand mixer or large mixing bowl, cream together unsalted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until well mixed, about 5 minutes. As needed, scrape down the bowl.
  • Add in one egg and vanilla, mix well for at least 2 minutes.
  • Add in the second egg and mix well another 2-3 minutes.
  • Blend in the pumpkin puree. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, sift cake flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg.
  • To the pumpkin puree mixture, alternate and add ½ sifted flour mix and ½ of buttermilk.
  • Blend the mixture. Repeat with remaining flour mix and buttermilk. Gently blend.
  • Pour into cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 15 -20 minutes.
  • Let cupcakes cool

How to Make Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Blend cream cheese into a bowl of stand mixer or a large bowl to use a hand mixer to blend well.
  • Add in the maple syrup, blend for a minute.
  • On low speed, blend in confectioners sugar to completely mix the frosting.

Assemble the Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Frosting

  • Frost the cupcakes with your preferred decorating tips


Note 1: The recipe calls for neufchatel cheese, however, full fat cream cheese or low-fat cream cheese can be used to make the frosting. 
Cook time for the cupcakes can range from 15- 20 minutes depending on your oven. Begin to check the cupcakes at 15 minutes baking time. A toothpick should come out clean from the center of the cupcake.
  • Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 2431IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg