Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Recipe Round-Up: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

So, what are you up to tonight? Watching TV? Chasing children? Arguing with your treadmill?

Whatever it is, you should probably make these cupcakes. They make the world a better place. I promise. They are the incarnation of everything we love about fall: pumpkin, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg and love. Lots of love.

And who doesn't need more love, right?

Start with the good stuff: sugar and butter.

Mix them up until they look like that.

Add two eggs and mix again.

Next up: pumpkin. Canned pumpkin works perfectly!

And mix again.

Don't you love that color?

Next up: flour, salt...

baking powder and baking soda...

cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.

Spices of heaven, that's what they are.

Alternate the flour mixture...

...with milk and mix until fluffy.

Grab a spoon or an ice cream scoop and fill up your cupcake pan.

Ice cream scoops help make each cupcake the same size.  Genius, I know.

Now, while they are baking, whip up your maple cream cheese frosting. I would have taken pictures of this process but the sun went down and I lost my lighting. Stinking hands of time. But all you do is add cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and maple extract and you are good to go!

Once your cupcakes are baked and cooled, pile on the icing! I sprinkled just a hint of cinnamon on mine.

Oh man.


Welcome to Fall, everyone!

Pumpkin Cupcakes
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sift before measuring
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar

2 eggs, beaten until frothy
1 cup mashed cooked or canned pumpkin
3/4 cup milk

Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into a bowl. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs. Blend in mashed pumpkin. Stir in the dry ingredients alternately with the milk, blending until batter is smooth after each addition. Spoon batter into well-greased and floured or paper-lined muffin pan cups. Fill about 2/3 full. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Makes about 24 cupcakes.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
1 - 1 1/2 lbs powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of maple extract (or 1/4 cup pure maple syrup)
pinch of salt (optional)

Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix slowly. Add maple extract and mix. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes. Inhale.


  1. Oh why do you do this to me? I have been in a baking mood and in a fall mood lately, so I have made all kinds of pumkin treats. My waistline is yelling for mercy, but my mouth is yelling for more.

  2. Ditto Marcia.


    I love fall.
    And pumpkin.
    These look scrumptious!

  3. How big of a difference does the nutmeg make, considering there are already cloves and cinnamon in this recipie?

    1. Hi Makkena,
      The nutmeg just adds another layer of flavor. But you can certainly make them without it. Let me know how they turn out!

  4. April GeraetsSeptember 24, 2013

    Making these right now for my god-son's birthday party :)
    I snuck one already, they are amazing & I didn't even have the frosting on yet!!!
    Thank you!

    1. I am so glad, April!!! And you're welcome. :)

  5. OH. MY. GOD. My entire house smells delish from these cupcakes!

  6. Just in the process of baking these wonderful cupcakes! Icing became a little runny but the cupcakes smell AMAZING! Also, had to go to 3 different stores to grab the pumpkin...everyone is in the pumpkin spirit it seems!

    1. Yes, pumpkin is definitely the craze right now! If your frosting is runny, just add a bit more powdered sugar, a 1/2 cup at a time. Enjoy!:)

  7. Have you tried this recipe in a cake form? I think it would be a beautiful bundt cake with this frosting.

    1. Hi Carole! No, I haven't tried it yet but it should work great. And the frosting would be awesome with it! Let me know how it turns out!

  8. do you actually use 1-1 1/2 lbs of powdered sugar for the frosting? just want to make sure before l dump in a whole bag lol

    1. Ha! Good question! The deal with this frosting is that there is a lot of moisture in it, especially if you use maple syrup instead of maple extract. What I suggest is start with using half of the bag and then add a cup at a time until you get the consistency you want. :)

  9. Made these for Thanksgiving and my soon-to-be sister-in-law wants them for her wedding! Delicious recipe.

    1. I love this! Congratulations to your sister-in-law! :)

  10. Can't wait to try this recipe today for my family! Thanks for sharing! LOVE that it's NOT from a box!