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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

September 24, 2018 (Last Updated: September 2, 2019)

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All the delicious taste of fall in pumpkin spice cupcakes.

Yellow cupcakes topped with a dollop of frosting.

Fall is here and with fall comes all things pumpkin spice!  These pumpkin spice cupcakes are filled with all the delicious spices you use when making a pumpkin pie.

The same spices are used in the buttercream frosting too!

Cupcakes cooling on a baking rack.

There isn’t any pumpkin in these cupcakes, just all the lovely spices that you traditionally use in pumpkin pie.

Cupcakes sitting on a small pumpkin shaped plate.

What spices are needed?

For these cupcakes and the frosting, I’ve added cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. You could also use a premixed pumpkin pie spice if that’s what you had on hand.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcake on an orange plate.

What ingredients do I need to make pumpkin spice cupcakes?

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs

The cupcakes and buttercream area a perfect match made in heaven. But if you wanted something a bit different, you could always use my regular buttercream recipe without any of the pumpkin spice. It’s always good to have a few options!

If you love cupcakes, here are a few cupcake recipes:

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Cupcakes topped with frosting on a pumpkin shaped plate.

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Pumpkin pie spiced cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Fall spices in a delicious cupcake
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Cooling 20 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 286 kcal



  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs


  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch ground cloves
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk



  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, spices, baking powder and salt.  Mix together.
  • In a different bowl, combine oil, milk, vanilla and eggs.
  • Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Stir until incorporated.
  • Divide batter into 12 muffin tins lined with paper liners.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  • Cool on a baking rack.


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth.  Add spices and beat.
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla  and beat on low speed.
  • Add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. 
  • Frost cupcakes and serve


A pinch is about 1/16 of a teaspoon. 


Calories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 181mgPotassium: 104mgSugar: 28gVitamin A: 290IUCalcium: 50mgIron: 0.8mg
Keyword fall cupcakes, pumpkin spice buttercream, pumpkin spice cupcakes
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  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    5 stars
    You’re speaking my love language Kathy! These sound and look delicious! I’ll be adding them to my baking list!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 25, 2018 at 6:08 am

    I absolutely love baking with pumpkin spice spices! The warming smalls of cinnamon and nutmeg just scream Autumn to me. 🙂 These cupcakes look amazing, and I know I would happily polish them off if they happened to show up in my kitchen. Speaking of that, maybe I need to make a batch of these…I know my belly would be happy about that! Haha!

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    September 24, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Yes please! I’m ready for pumpkin. I love that you spiced the buttercream what a nice added touch! Take care.

  • Reply
    Dawn -Girl Heart Food
    September 24, 2018 at 6:26 am

    5 stars
    Yay for all things pumpkin!! Love that frosting on top and totally wish I could grab a couple from my screen right now! What a way to start Monday 😉

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