Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting



I have been craving the perfect pumpkin treat all week. I wanted something sweet, light, with a good amount of spice and of course an incredible pumpkin flavor. So today, I sought to satisfy this craving. Totally worth the wait. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. Cream cheese frosting is probably my favorite thing ever. The maple just made it even better and pairing it with yummy pumpkin spice cupcakes…so good. These cupcakes are perfect. The problem that I have with most pumpkin spice cupcakes is that they are too spicy with not enough pumpkin. These cupcakes have the perfect balance of pumpkin and spice, and they pair perfectly with my coffee. =)


Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (Yields about 18 cupcakes)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line cupcake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
  4. Add pumpkin and beat until combined.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  6. Add flour mixture in three parts. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temp
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (Note: If using pure maple syrup, adjust to 1/4 cup or to taste.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 5-6 drops orange gel food coloring, optional
  1. In the bowl of a mixer, cream butter and cream cheese.
  2. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.
  3. Add maple syrup and vanilla.
  4. Beat to incorporate and add heavy cream until you reach desired consistency. The maple syrup makes the frosting a little sticky, so add the heavy cream earlier if the frosting starts to stick to the mixer.
  5. Add food coloring and mix until incorporated.


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2 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Peggy Banks October 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm Reply

    I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. It just went live a little early 🙂 Thanks, Peggy. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/10/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-5-linky-parties-are-back.html

    • justmycrazykitchen October 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm Reply

      Awesome! Thanks for the heads up!

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