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Pumpkin Spice cupcake

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin spice cupcakes topped with cinnamon cream cheese icing.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cooling and Decorating 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12


For the Cupcakes...

  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice mix (see recipe in blog post)
  • ½ tbsp baking powder
  • a pinch salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 140 g plain flour
  • 55 g butter unsalted, room temp
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 ½ tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 90 ml milk
  • 125 g pumpkin puree

For the Cream Cheese Icing

  • 150 g butter room temp
  • 150 g icing sugar sifted
  • 300 g full fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon plus extra for decoration


To make the Cupcakes...

  • Preheat oven to 190°C/170C Fan/Gas 5. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  • Sift the dry ingredients for the cupcakes into a large bowl and mix together.
  • Using a stand mixer of electric hand mixer, cream the butter and two sugars together until fluffy.
  • Add the egg and mix until well combined. Add a spoonful of the flour mixture if it looks like it's about to curdle.
  • Stir in the milk and pumpkin puree using a spatula or spoon.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients until fully combined but not overly mixed.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly between the 12 paper cases and bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes until they are golden brown or a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool while making the icing.

To make the Icing...

  • Place the butter in a free-standing mixer or using an electric hand whisk, whisk the butter until its lighter in colour and smooth.
  • Add the icing sugar and mix on a medium speed until fully mixed and smooth.
  • Add the cream cheese, vanilla and cinnamon and mix for a few minutes until fully combined, smooth and fluffy.
  • Decant into a piping bag with a nozzle and pipe onto the top of your cupcake. Sprinkle over ground cinnamon and complete with cinnamon stick (optional).
Keyword Autumn, buttercream, cupcakes, pumpkin spice