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A pumpkin spice cupcake with cinnamon frosting next to a wooden fork.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: about 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Super soft spiced pumpkin cupcakes with a creamy cinnamon frosting. 



Pumpkin Cupcakes

  • 150g flour (1 and 1/4 cup)
  • 150g white granulated sugar (3/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 salt
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 120ml canola oil (1/2 cup)
  • 225g pumpkin puree (1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon Frosting

  • 80g butter (1/3 cup), room temperature
  • 115g powdered sugar (1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 300g cream cheese (1 and 1/2 cups), chilled


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and line a 12-cavity muffin tin with liners.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin spice and cinnamon in a bowl and whisk together until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Add in the oil, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and gently mix until no flour spec remain. Avoid over-mixing the batter.
  5. Spoon into the prepared muffin liners and bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  6. For the frosting, beat the butter until smooth for about 1 minute. Then add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon and continue beating until well incorporated. Lastly add in the cream cheese and beat just until combined. 
  7. Fill the frosting into a piping bag, and using a Wilton 1A tip, pipe the frosting in a swirling motion unto the cupcakes. Optional: Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.


*To substitute the pumpkin pie spice use: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon cloves instead