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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Looking for a fun pumpkin dessert to take to a Thanksgiving pot-luck, neighborhood party, or office shindig that isn’t a pie?

Pumpkin Cupcake

Then look no further!  These fun little cupcakes combine the tradition of pumpkin, the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert squash, with the fun of cupcakes – and, really, who doesn’t love a cupcake?  They are the perfect size after a large meal, they are very portable, and they keep on the counter for up to two days making them a great make ahead item.

Pumpkin Cupcake

You can top these cupcakes with any frosting you please.  Cream cheese would be delightful, but I used a simple vanilla buttercream and they were heaven.    If you want you can easily double the recipe if you have more mouths to feed.

Pumpkin Cupcake

These cupcakes are also a great way to use up any left-over pumpkin puree you might have laying around.  That is exactly what I did!

Pumpkin Cupcakes     Yield 12 cupcakes

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 ounces sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
3.5 ounces buttermilk
6 ounces pumpkin puree
5 ounces flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon all spice
1/2 teaspoon clove
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Heat the oven to 350 F and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

Pumpkin Cupcake

In a large bowl blend the butter, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.  Add the egg and blend until well combined.

Pumpkin Cupcake

In a medium bowl combine the flour, spices, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  Sift, then whisk to combine.

Pumpkin Cupcake

In a large measuring cup mix the buttermilk and pumpkin puree.

Alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture into the creamed butter in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.

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Scoop into the prepared pan.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when pressed gently in the center.  Allow to cool in the pan for five minutes, then remove the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Pumpkin Cupcake

Frost as desired.

Pumpkin Cupcake


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33 Responses to “Pumpkin Cupcakes”

  1. maria says:

    These are so fun!

  2. I love the frosting on them! I wish I was that talented.

  3. Pumpkin and cream cheese? Yes please? I am a bad baker since I eat my wares but I might be persuaded for some upcoming holiday parties to make these! :-)

  4. Natalie says:

    How cute are these? Your piping job on the cupcakes is so good, looks like delicious little leaves! And the cupcakes look perfect, not too greasy like pumpkin can sometimes be, but perfect and moist!

  5. ValleyWriter says:

    OMG – they’re precious! (But not too precious that I wouldn’t scarf one down right now!)

  6. Love it!!! Thank goodness Thanksgiving is just right around the corner.

  7. That frosting looks so delicious! It always makes me sad when my kids are old enough to realize frosting is the best part of the cupcake — then I can’t eat it off theirs anymore.

  8. lululu says:

    these cupcakes look really fun and delicious!
    love the frosting and the liner too!

  9. MaryMoh says:

    that looks so pretty and delicious. I want a few of that…mmm. I don’t bake a lot but these surely inspire me to bake more

  10. Chris says:

    They look wonderful.

  11. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love how smooth and delicious your frosting looks. I bet these cupcakes would be a huge hit at thanksgiving…yum!

  12. Simply Life says:

    Oh those are just adorable and so perfect for november!!!

  13. Sook says:

    I love anything pumpkin! This will be a great Thanksgiving snack or dessert! :)

  14. Krissy says:

    Oh too cute! Love these! Can’t wait to try them!

  15. lk says:

    these are so gorgeous! I love anything pumpkin – can’t wait to try these

  16. Divina says:

    That’s very pretty and very colorful.

  17. That looks gorgeous! How cute and creative.

  18. kristy says:

    Oh my, I’m drooling! These are so cute and tasty. Have to book mark it! Thanks.

  19. Asha@FSK says:

    beautiful colors and simply love the frosting design!

  20. Tara says:

    these are sooo cute!!

    i hope you make something with persimmons soon, I have a TON of them from my tree and want to avoid the usual boring cookie or bread recipe. help!

  21. Tara says:

    maybe even a persimmon cupcake or persimmon frosting??

  22. Melissa says:

    I enjoyed meeting you in San fran! The cupcakes look wonderful. Check out my blog for a fun giveaway!!

  23. Tolle says:

    Thanks this is so good, can’t wait to make it

  24. Yum! Your cupcakes look absolutely adorable… I can’t get enough pumpkin… I will have to give these a try.

  25. Karine says:

    These look cute and delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  26. SpanishKath says:

    They are so darling.

  27. Tiffany says:

    Are the ounces for the flour, sugar and pumpkin by weight or volume?

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