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These delicious Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream are tender and perfectly spiced!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream

A soft, moist, buttermilk pumpkin cake is lightly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger; tender, with a creamy, silky smooth maple buttercream!

You know what the above all amazing thing about having fabulous Pastry Basic Recipes in your back pocket is? You get to whip up a luscious batch of the best cream cheese frosting and then add whatever you want to get a whole new flavor profile! Here I added maple syrup and cinnamon, which pairs beautifully with the spice in the cupcakes to make these delightful Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream! 

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I feel it is safe to open the floodgates during pumpkin spice season! Start with these 25 Best Pumpkin Recipes For Fall! Truth be told, I have been eating pumpkin-spiced things for weeks now! And I have been dying to share these with you! Actually, I would have shared it last week, but I HAD to make pumpkin donuts. I know you understand. 

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream

This pumpkin spice cake absolutely melts in your mouth: Soft and delicate but not too fluffy! The perfect amount of pumpkin spice mix. Like the best pumpkin pie in cupcake for!

Who’s tired of pumpkin? Bloggers keep asking that. I could never get tired of pumpkin! For me, there is a long wait all year to bake anything and everything with pumpkin. I would go so far as to say that I hoard pumpkins just in case of a shortage.

Do you remember that? Little pumpkin-lovin’ hearts were breaking all over the USofA. Sadness.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese buttercream interior texture
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream

These delicious Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream are tender and perfectly spiced!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 14 people


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Spice Mix
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie mix
  • cup buttermilk

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:


Make the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350° and line 14 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and all spices; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat sugars and butter together with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the vanilla after the last egg.
  • Add the pumpkin and mix on medium until smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds.
  • Alternately add flour and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. I add a third of the flour then half of the buttermilk and repeat. Fold the last flour addition in by hand to avoid over mixing.
  • Scoop into prepared tins, filling almost to the top of the cup. Bake in preheated oven 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few clinging crumbs. Mine took 18 minutes.
  • Remove immediately from muffin tins to cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the Frosting:

  • Add maple and cinnamon to cream cheese frosting.
  • The frosting will keep best in the refrigerator but it will also keep for several days at room temperature.

Assemble the Cupcakes:

  • Once cupcakes are cool, frost with your favorite piping tip!



Yield: 14 cupcakes
If you don’t want to use my pumpkin pie spice mix then you can substitute these spices for all the pumpkin pie spice:
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (slightly rounded)
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon mace
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1640IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 205
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream

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I am the baker, recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Chef Lindsey Farr. I believe in delicious homemade food and the power of dessert!

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