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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

September 24, 2018 (Last Updated: January 12, 2019)

All the delicious taste of fall in one cupcake!

Pumpkin pie spice cupcakes

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!

Pumpkin spice 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.

Pumpkin spice cupcakes

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 pie spiced cupcakes

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:

5 from 2 votes
Pumpkin pie spiced cupcakes
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
20 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Fall spices in a delicious cupcake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall cupcakes, pumpkin spice buttercream, pumpkin spice cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 286 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, spices, baking powder and salt.  Mix together.

  2. In a different bowl, combine oil, milk, vanilla and eggs.

  3. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Stir until incorporated.

  4. Divide batter into 12 muffin tins lined with paper liners.

  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

  6. Cool on a baking rack.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth.  Add spices and beat.

  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla  and beat on low speed.

  3. Add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. 

  4. Frost cupcakes and serve

Recipe Notes

A pinch is about 1/16 of a teaspoon. 

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Potassium 104mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Sugars 28g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5.8%
Calcium 5%
Iron 4.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    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

    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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