Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 10 cupcakes
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1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing the pan

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

Maple Frosting (recipe follows)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped Heath bars, for serving (two 1.4-ounce bars)

Maple Frosting

6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the top of a muffin pan with vegetable oil and line it with 10 paper liners.
  2. Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. In a larger bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar and the 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Add the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Scoop the batter into the prepared tins (I use a 2 1/4-inch ice cream scoop) and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely, spread the cupcakes with the Maple Frosting and sprinkle with the chopped Heath bars.

Maple Frosting

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese, butter, maple syrup and vanilla on medium-low speed until very smooth. With the mixer on low, slowly add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.