Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

These easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes are made with a pumpkin spice cupcake that’s full of chocolate chips and topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting! It’s the perfect dessert recipe to cure your pumpkin craving this fall!

If you love pumpkin cupcakes as much as I do, you should try my Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Cupcakes and my Pumpkin Cupcake With Cream Cheese Frosting!

A Pumpkin Cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting, chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle

Pumpkin Cupcakes topped with frosting and chocolate chips on a white platter

These Pumpkin Cupcakes Are Perfect For Fall

Oh my goodness, it’s officially starting to get cold here and I’m simultaneously thrilled that it’s cooling down and terrified for the cold weather. It’s getting down into the 50s at night and in my world that’s quite chilly. We haven’t made the jump to turning on the heat since it’s still warm during the day so I’ve been piling on an extra blanket at night. That also means it’s chilly when I wake up in the mornings and it is quite the deterrent to getting out bed and out of the warmth.

I suppose the good thing about this time of year is that fall and the cooler weather means pumpkin flavored things are that much more appropriate – and it makes these cupcakes totally appropriate. Plus, they are so darn good.

I Love How Moist and Fluffy These Cupcakes Turned Out

I spent a good bit of time testing them to get them just right. I wanted to make sure they were plenty moist, dense enough that the chocolate chips didn’t sink to the bottom but also fluffy enough that they weren’t too dense. A tough balance but I’m SO happy with the finally result. I played around with the amount of butter, vegetable oil and milk and am pleased to say that these babies are delicious! I hope you love them as much as I did!

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More Pumpkin Dessert Recipes You Might Like:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Layer Cake
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake
Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake
Caramel Pumpkin Spice Blondie Streusel Cheesecake

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 21
  • Total Time: 46 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Cupcakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes are made with a pumpkin spice cupcake that’s full of chocolate chips and topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting!



  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
  • 5 tbsp (75ml) milk, room temperature
  • 1 cup (108g) light brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp (179g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (233g) canned pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup (129g | 4.5oz) chocolate chips


  • 8 oz (226g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (57g) butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Get the full recipe and instructions for these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes here.


  • Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
  • Calories: 436
  • Sugar: 52.7 g
  • Sodium: 227.4 mg
  • Fat: 17.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.5 g
  • Protein: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 52.3 mg

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Recipe rating

    1. Lindsay

      If you want to pipe something simple, like a rosette, it should be fine. I’m not sure about something more elaborate since I haven’t tried it. I’m guessing it would be sort of OK, but not nearly as stiff as a regular buttercream. Cream cheese frosting is definitely more finicky. If it was me piping flowers and I really wanted to be sure that they stayed in place, I would use a regular buttercream.

  1. Billie

    Hey, just a question, when you say nutmeg, ginger and cloves, could you elaborate? Does ground nutmeg and ground ginger work? And what are the cloves?
    Thank you so much

  2. Patti Brockwell

    How have i just found your website? My family and I have been missing out for sure! I am currently working my way through your cupcake recipes, and this one is absolutely delicious!! I have made pumpkin bread for years, but had never thought of combining chocolate with the pumpkin. They work surprisingly well together! And the icing?? Unbelievably good! I can only imagine using it for many other applications, as well. Thank you for making these recipes available!

      1. Lora

        The best!  Our new fall birthday staple. The cream cheese icing is perfect. too. Thank you for sharing!


    Hi Lindsay! I love your recipes, everything I tryed turned out delicius. I wanna try this recipe and I would like to know if it works out with homemade pumpkin puree, i am in Brazil and cannot find the canned one.


  4. Carolina Cardozo

    Dear Lindsay,
    I wanted to thank you for sharing your recipe. I made these cupcakes Friday and today and they were super delicious!!! (super moist, perfect balance of spices and a great combination with the chocolate chips) My husband and I are enjoying them! I definitely plan on trying more of your recipes and you have a beautiful website ????

  5. Mandy

    I made these for my office and everyone raved about how good they were! I’m keeping this recipe in my stash! Thank you!!

  6. Linda Lewis

    If all that you show is as good as they look, I want some of each.  I’m crazy for anything made with pumpkin.

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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