Pumpkin Cupcakes

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
12 cupcakes
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Pumpkin Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Chopped toasted pecans, for topping
Directions

For the pumpkin cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 1 (12-cup) muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the butter and the sugar. Beat with a hand-held mixer until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the pumpkin puree and the vanilla extract. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time. Incorporate the dry mixture into the wet mixtures together until thoroughly combined.

Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way full. Bake until the tops turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting .

For the cream cheese frosting: Add the cream cheese, butter, maple syrup, and salt to a large bowl and beat until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar until thoroughly combined.

Top the cupcakes with the frosting and chopped pecans.


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