Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

In my oven today are cupcakes.  Pumpkin pie cupcakes with whipped cinnamon cream cheese frosting because I'm still longing for a piece of my daughter Tricia's wedding cake!  I'm using the same recipe I used for the wedding cake -- the pumpkin layer, at least (which, on her wedding cake, was alternated with dark chocolate cake).  Rather than a cinnamon buttercream, though, these are topped with a whipped cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  The cupcakes were barely cool enough to frost, but I was so anxious to see how it would all come together so they are frosted now, just 20 minutes out of the oven.  That's the good thing about cupcakes.  You don't have to wait around all day to frost them (or try one!).  Happy Saturday, my friends!

And, here's the recipe!

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
Line standard size muffin tins (12-wells each) with cupcake liners, or spray well with cooking spray.

In large mixing bowl, mix the following:

4 eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To the egg mixture, add the following ingredients, sifted together and added all at once, and mix thoroughly:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2.5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or a combination of cinnamon/ginger/nutmeg to equal 2.5 teaspoons)

Then add in and mix well:  2 cups mashed pumpkin (canned is great). 

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full (I use a standard levered ice cream scoop, level) and bake for 20-22 minutes or until cupcakes test done with toothpick, or are completely dry on top and bounce back when lightly pressed with your finger. 

Cool in tins on wire racks for 20 minutes. 

Whipped Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
(makes more than enough for 24 cupcakes)

4 oz. unsalted butter, room temperature
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 tbs. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or combination of similar spices to equal 1/2 tsp.)
1 1/2 lbs. confectioners sugar
tablespoons of milk (to desired consistency)

In large mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Add vanilla and spice.  Beat well.  Add sugar, all at once, and beat slowly, adding a tablespoon of milk at a time, until it all comes together and continue adding a little bit of milk very sparingly, until the frosting reaches the desired consistency (firm peaks, but soft enough to spread).

Frost cupcakes.  I like to use a pastry bag.  After frosting, sprinkle with a little more of the pumpkin pie spice.  

Hope you enjoy!


  1. I am definitely making these at Christmas! Yum.

  2. ok, these sound so good! I love pumpking anything and can't wait to try one of these! Such a lovely fall dessert for Thanksgiving or any time for that matter. Lynnie

    1. I love pumpkin everything too, Lynnie! Hope you try them!

  3. Oh goodie!!! Now I get to try Tricia's wedding cake in cupcake fashion! These look and sound delicious, Jeannie!!!

    1. Yep, it was a big hit as a wedding cake, and I'm hoping the cupcakes are just as good! We'll find out! Thanks, Carol!

  4. sounds like a good recipe for Thanksgiving...rather than Pumpkin Pie!Hope mine look as good as your Jeanne ! CKJ

    1. Cindy, I'm sure yours will be great and I'm sure they'll look fine, but no matter what they look like, you're going to love the flavor! :)

  5. Now I can say who these cupcakes were for -- Happy Belated Birthday, Catherine Golden! It was fun to surprise you with these cupcakes on our bus trip to NYC today. I hope that they bring a little bit of happiness to you and your family, and they come with nothing but the best wishes for your year ahead. xoxox

  6. Jeannie - going to try this recipe for next week - excited about the whipped cream cheese frosting!. Jess will be hosting Thanksgiving at her place for the whole family (wasn't going to say no to that!) Now, I will volunteer to bring dessert though!

    1. Kim, it's a wonderful thing to witness your newly-married daughter hosting a major holiday! Resist the temptation to "help" too much, and let her bask in the glory of being the host to a family gathering! Have a wonderful time, and just think, you get to relax!!!

  7. These look scrumptious, although not a hugh pumpkin fan, I would be eager to try these!
    I have passed this post on to my sister who is a big pumpkin fan!