Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

I’m so excited to share my first pumpkin recipe of the season with you! These pumpkin cupcakes are so moist, wonderfully spiced and pumpkiny! And the icing is pure heaven. Cinnamon and maple compliment the pumpkin perfectly!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Maple Cream Cheese Icing

If you’ve tried my carrot cake, this is actually a new version of that recipe. And that cake is awesome! My niece turns 10 in a couple weeks and it made it onto her birthday list (right behind the ipad and headphones 🙂 ). It totally amazed me how my nieces absolutely loved that cake when I made it for Easter a couple years ago. They’ve never forgotten it either.

And these cupcakes are just as tasty – but with pumpkin and instead of carrot, and a few other differences.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Maple Cream Cheese Icing

And who doesn’t love a good cream cheese icing? This one is a lighter cream cheese icing. I wanted a bit of that cream cheese flavor, but didn’t want the icing to overpower the great pumpkin flavor of the cupcake. I wanted it to compliment it perfectly, and it does just that.

It may seem a little early for pumpkin for some, but I love it and I figure if Starbucks has pumpkin already, why shouldn’t I?!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Maple Cream Cheese Icing

I think flavors like pumpkin and apple are my favorite thing about fall. I’m all about stretching out the time frame in which we devour them.

Even our black lab, Jessie, is a fan of pumpkin. She likes it when I bake with pumpkin and have a little bit left in a can. It usually gets added to her food at meal time. It’s actually pretty good for dogs, too.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Maple Cream Cheese Icing

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Pumpkin Cupcake with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Pumpkin Cupcakes are moist and full of pumpkin flavor! They are topped with a Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting and the perfect fall dessert!




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cake flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups pumpkin puree


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 46 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 13 tsp water



1. Sift together flours, sugar, baking soda and spices in a large mixing bowl.
5. Add oil, melted butter, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
6. Fold in pumpkin puree.
7. Pour batter into cupcake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes. Allow to cool in pans for about 3-5 minutes, then remove to wire rack.


1. Beat the butter, shortening and cream cheese until smooth.
2. Slowly add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
3. Mix in the maple extract, cinnamon and nutmeg.
4. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth, adding water to desired consistency.

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Want more fall flavors?

Overnight Pumpkin Spice Baked French Toast Casserole

Pumpkin Spice Baked French Toast Casserole

Thick and Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Puppy Chow


My favorite Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows

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  5. Kelly

    I’m guessing the oven temperature is 350F? I couldn’t find it anywhere in the instructions. Maybe I just missed it? Hope that’s right – because I’m making these to take to a party tonight! They sound great!

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  10. Diane Balch

    Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being featured in a pumpkin dessert round up today on Simple Living and Eating. I will be pinning and tweeting it this week.

  11. Rachel

    Hey! Just wondering what temperature the oven should be set at for these cupcakes?

    They look delicious and would love to try them out!!

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  13. Diane Balch

    Just wanted you to know that your cupcakes are being featured today on Foodie Friday. Stop by and get your featured button. I will be pinning and tweeting your recipe this week.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Awesome Diane! Thank you! I saw it last night and tried to comment on your post to thank you, but couldn’t get my comment to post 🙁

    2. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’m trying to get the button…the image shows up in your sidebar, but the code box below it is blank?

  14. Eliza

    Mmmmm! If these taste as good as they look (and they look gorgeous!!) I need to make these immediately. Looks like I’m going to the store today! Thank you for sharing!
    Eliza @ lizalouloves.blogspot.com

  15. Debra Rose

    Your cupcakes look so yummy – I want to eat one right now! Perfect for fall with a hot cup of coffee. Love the maple flavor in the icing.

  16. Michelle

    Oh my goodness this frosting sounds so good! Perfect for pumpkin cupcakes too. Visiting from All My Bloggy Friends.

  17. Micha @ Cookin' Mimi

    I love pumpkin cakes and cupcakes. These look fantastic. Thanks for linking up with us this week.

  18. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    These are so pretty, Lindsay! I bet they taste amazing too! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinning and sharing on FB, Twitter and G+. Have a great week!

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    I am a big pumpkin fan and these are just perfect. Love the frosting too. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and I hope you will join us again next week.

  20. Diane Balch

    I would agree cinnamon and maple are perfect compliments. Welcome to foodie friday. We hope to be seeing more of your terrific recipes.

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    Dear Lindsay, These cupcakes look so pretty! And that frosting is irresistible. You have a beautiful site…so happy to follow. Found you on Foodie Friends. Blessings, Catherine

  24. Sara

    Hi there! In the directions it says to sift all the dry ingredients including salt but there isn’t salt in the ingredient list. Just wondering what amount if any I should add! Thanks!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Thank you for pointing that out Sara! There’s no salt in the recipe, so I’ve removed it from the directions.

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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