Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

November 2, 2009 by Ali

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Behold…my third batch of cupcakes in one week. :)

I would offer some sort of excuse about how I had parties to bake for, or had ingredients to use up. But really…it was just that kind of a week. A fabulous, sweet, classy, cupcake-filled-week. Y-U-M.

Ended up baking these guys for an impromptu happy hour my roommate and I threw with friends to celebrate my new deck!!! (Yay…my first big investment as a homeowner!) Ha…unfortunately the sun suddenly decided to defy the forecast and duck behind the clouds all day. And then the wind speeds picked up like c-r-a-z-y. (Case in point: When my roommate arrived home from work, she offered to quickly rake up the zillion new leaves in our front yard…that I had just raked and mowed 2 hours ago!!) So suffice it to say, chilly weather turned the night into what fondly became known as our “non-deck party”. But we had a delightful, cozy time indoors with a fantastic spread of yummy apps and desserts.

And once more, was reminded of just how much the world loves cupcakes! Combine that with how much everyone loves pumpkin bread…and it’s no surprise that these were a hit. The recipe is quite simple, but yielded some wonderfully flavorful and moist little cupcakes. They are a little more dense than your average cupcake – almost closer to pumpkin bread – but absolutely fantastic. Although I must admit, my favorite part may have been the cinnamon cream cheese frosting – delish!! Definitely a classic fall favorite. If you make them, just be ready for them to disappear in a flash! :)

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Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes


  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk (or soy milk)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. each - ground cloves, nutmeg, and ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line muffin pan with 24 cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, stir together pumpkin, oil, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Gently whisk by hand until just combined, don’t use an electric mixer or over-mix the batter as it may become too gummy.

Fill liners with 1/4 cup batter (cups should be approximately 2/3 full). Bake for 22 to 24 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.Let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.

To Make Frosting:

In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar and cinnamon, mixing well until it’s all incorporated. Use immediately or refrigerate. The frosting will harden in the fridge, so plan on bring it back to room temperature if you must refrigerate it before frosting the cupcakes.

Recipe adapted by Love & Olive Oil

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Ali’s Tip:

Other popular add-ins to pumpkin cupcakes might be chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, etc.), dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc.), and/or chocolate chips (bittersweet, white, dark, etc.).

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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28 thoughts on “Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. I made these tonight and just finished one. Heavenly! The cake is nice and dense–bread-like, really. They’re a lot like pumpkin roll, only better and with a more favorable cake:frosting ratio. Highly recommend this recipe!

    - Jeanene

  2. Made these to take to work everyone loved them big hit

    - kassi thowson

  3. I’m making a lot of cupcakes for a shower and am trying to decide between your recipe and taste of home’s. Their’s has 1 can pumpkin and 3 eggs. I’m not a baker at all! Will this difference be more in the texture of the cupcake?

    - christy

  4. Really cool cupcakes! Nice and easy! Perfect Halloween treat! Great job!

    - Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden

  5. I came across this blog where the girl has taken your pumpkin cupcake photo but hasn’t provided you credit for the photo. Thought you’d like to know.


    - anonymous

  6. Just want to let you know I made these and they were an absolute hit! Some people even called them the best cupcakes they’ve ever had. Definitely worth making.

    - Tumbleweed

  7. yum, yum, and yum! I love pumpkin anything and can’t wait to try these! :)

    - Paula @ Dishing the Divine

  8. Fantastic!!!!!!

    - Lisa

  9. Just found this recipe and made them last night, delicious!!! Question- my cupcakes are sticking to the paper, did I do something wrong, over mix? Help I want to make these again for Thanksgiving?

    - Kristen

    • They Look beautiful!! And i’m so loivng your blog and photos!!! since signing up with Betty I realize I need to sit down and really figure out this blog thing before our Sept assignment! :) Congrats on some beautiful looking cupcakes though!

      - Ricky

  10. I love the name of your site!! Cute! I’m going to try these pumpkin cupcakes this week. Thanks for sharing!

    - Nikki (Pennies on a Platter)

  11. Ali – you are a genius! These cupcakes were super easy to make, and I was told they’re the best cupcakes I’ve made so far! I make them for my office every couple of weeks, but have turned into a baking machine recently. The cupcakes were gone in two hours once I put them in our break room! Thank you so much! Great recipe!

    - katie

  12. These look great and oh so festive!

    - Peggy

  13. Yum.. Those cupcakes look fantastic! Last week I made some pumpkin cupcakes with a cinnamon brown sugar buttercream… I will try the cinnamon cream cheese icing next time!

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  14. These look amazing! Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors.

    - Ari (Baking and Books)

  15. OOOOO these look yummy. Love cupcakes and love pumpkin bread.

    - Kathleen

  16. 3 batches of cupcakes in one week? Well done, well done! These look like a winner! Cream cheese frosting has become my new favorite type of frosting!

    - Jessica

  17. i made the exact same thing this weekend (slightly different recipe) and loved them. Yours look fab too!

    - rita

  18. generally, pumpkin cakes aren’t something that i enjoy or go out of my way to consume. however, the instant you throw cream cheese frosting–CINNAMON-happy, at that–into the mix, the appeal skyrockets. :)

    - grace