Now that the weather is chillier, this pumpkin spice cupcake recipe makes the perfect easy fall dessert you’ve certainly been craving. Pumpkin spice cupcakes hold a permanent spot on our fall baking bucket list, and with so many baking recipes we’re making this season, we needed a ridiculously delicious and easy pumpkin cupcake recipe worthy of our fall cupcake escapades. This recipe delivers, with plenty of pumpkin pie spice (usually made with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice), pure pumpkin, and a few spoonfuls of spicy molasses for a complex sweetness that takes these treats to the next level … and we haven’t even gotten to the luscious cream cheese frosting. The simple 4-ingredient icing is the perfect rich and creamy topping to the spicy-sweet cakes, and makes these quite possibly the best pumpkin cupcakes we’ve ever had.
Why, you ask? Besides the flavor-packed ingredients list, the recipe is also straightforward and easy to understand. Just combine the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, whip the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (this makes the cupcakes extra tender and airy!), mix it all together, transfer to a muffin tin, and bake while you sip on a cup of coffee (or a PSL, please), and wait for your entire house to smell like pure fall.
And because there is no such thing as *too many* pumpkin recipes, why not try out our warm and fluffy pumpkin pancakes or elegant and impressive pumpkin spice cake, too?
Prep Time: 0 hours 30 mins
Cook Time: 0 hours 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hour 0 mins
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
1 1/2c.all-purpose flour
1 1/2tsp.pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp.baking powder
1 c.pure pumpkin
2 tbsp.molasses (not blackstrap)
1 tsp.pure vanilla extract
1/2c.(1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz.cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tbsp.butter, at room temperature
2 c.confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp.vanilla extract
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Heat oven to 350°F. Line 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In medium bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine pumpkin, molasses, and vanilla.In large bowl, with electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and beat in eggs, one at a time. Then alternately add flour and pumpkin mixture, beating until just combined.Divide batter among muffin-pan cups (heaping 1/4 cup each) and bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to wire rack; let cool 5 minutes before removing cupcakes from pan to cool completely. Make Cream Cheese Frosting: Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese, and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. To serve, frost cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Nutrition Information (per serving): About 335 calories, 4g protein, 50g carbohydrates, 14g fat (8g saturated), 1g fiber, 200mg sodium.