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A wrapped cupcake with white frosting on top.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These cupcakes have so much pumpkin added that they come out extra moist with a dense crumb. These are not a light and fluffy cupcake - they're dense and loaded with pumpkin goodness in the best way.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy cake recipes, easy cupcake recipes, easy pumpkin recipes, fall
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cool Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 452kcal


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs

Cream cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar plus more, as needed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners.
  • Add the flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • Add the pumpkin, brown sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs to a large mixing bowl and whisk well to combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined.
  • Fill the muffin wells ? full with the batter.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched and a tester comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  • For the frosting, add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat well with the whisk attachment until smooth and creamy.
  • Pipe or spoon the frosting over the cupcakes.
  • Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 2924IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg