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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!

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 Buttercream 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! 

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream

I feel it is safe to open the floodgates on pumpkin spice season! Truth be told, I have been eating pumpkin spiced all the 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 donuts [link]. 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 balance of pumpkin and spice.

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 pumpkin just in case there is a shortage like several years ago.

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

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream


  • Author: Lindsey
  • Yield: 14 cupcakes 1x

Description

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


Ingredients

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For the Cupcakes: 

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, 217g
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Spice Mix [Link}
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed, 115g
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, 115g
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature, 113g
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix), 115 g
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk, 172 g 

    For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 Recipe of The Best Cream Cheese Buttercream
  • 1 T Maple Syrup
  • ¼ t Ground cinnamon

Instructions

Make the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line 14 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners. 
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and all spices; set aside. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Add the pumpkin and mix on medium until smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. Remove immediately from muffin tins to cool completely on a wire rack. 

    Make the Frosting:

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

    Assemble the Cupcakes:
  10. Once cupcakes are cool, frost with your favorite piping tip!

Notes

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
  • 1/8 teaspoon mace
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Buttercream

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