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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I have been meaning to make these cupcakes for so long.

Seriously, like, forever. A friend of mine posted a recipe that gave me the idea for pumpkin spice ( something ) in late September! I’ve been working on this recipe since then, and just finally got around to actually doing it.

What can I say, I’ve got a lot of cupcakes in the works around here. Having adult ADHD can contribute to this. You know when you have 80 tabs open and forget what you were doing now and then? Yeah, that’s pretty much my head all day every day.

I really wanted to make something that wasn’t overly Halloweenie but still had a fall vibe so yup, it’s topped with a pumpkin. I know, I know….not everyone likes those pumpkins ( because some people are wrong lol ). This could easily be anything on top. I, for one, am a HUGE fan of those pumpkins, though. I will use any excuse to keep Halloween candy, like candy corn, still on the dessert menu.

I think this is about it for fall recipes from us, though. Although I’m much more of a Halloween fan I have to say that I am READY for some Christmas baking. There is just something so cozy about warm baked goods on chilly days.

We recently finished reading Charlotte’s Web so we have Wilbur cupcakes on the books as well as a spider cake in honor of Charlotte.

I have a few others up my sleeve too so be sure to join our mailing list to be the first to know when new baked treats are on the site!

ALSO, we will be adding recipes for weight loss soon. This means that there will be a lot more than just baking around here so do keep an eye out for those as well! Having my struggles with weight gain from medication, I am a big supporter of anyone who is looking for a healthy way to lose weight. I have decided to share my “depression diet” on the site in hopes to help other moms who deal with weight struggles. ( shh, no, it’s not all of the cupcakes lol)

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I know…. ON WITH THE CUPCAKES! I get excited over baked goods too, it’s ok.

I love a sweet cupcake but these guys are seriously delicious. The perfect spice blend in the cake goes absolutely beautifully with the sweetness of the cream cheese frosting. It’s like a really good carrot cake. I used to hate carrot cake when I was younger but nowadays I absolutely love it. ( Isn’t it weird how our tastes change? I wonder if there is a science behind it…)

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 18 cupcakes

1 cupcake

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


    The Cake:
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ginger
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 C pumpkin
  • 1/2 C oil
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C pure cane sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T vanilla
  • For the Frosting:
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 t vanilla


  1. Combine oil, pumpkin, sugars, eggs, and vanilla in stand mixer bowl or large bowl. Blend 1-2 minutes or until thoroughly combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine sifted flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg,and salt.
  3. Slowly add dry mixture into mixer bowl with sugar mixture. Continue blending about 2 minutes or until combined but not overmixed. ( This will make your cupcakes too dense.)
  4. Spoon into baking cups until about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes. Oven times will vary so be sure to check at earliest time and gauge from there.


More Cupcakes!

If you are new here you might not know of my serious cupcake addiction. It’s kind of a big deal, though.

If you are looking for more cupcakes with pumpkins be sure to check out the peanut butter chocolate cupcakes with pumpkin topper.

If you are looking for more fruit cupcakes be sure to check out the Strawberry Patch cupcakes from this summer. ( They are seriously one of my favorites)

Or, if you aren’t even in the mood for a cupcake head over and check out the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies or one of our mug muffin recipes for one!

Do you have any favorites to round out your fall baking or a recipe that is just so Novemberey to you? ( yup, that’s totally a word.) Share your favorites with us in the comments and be sure to tag us on Instagram with #ghastlygirl if you make any of our cupcakes or other recipes! We would love to see your creations!

Happy Baking!

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Ghastly is a special needs homeschooler and mom living with Lupus and Bipolar Disorder. She is passionate about helping other moms living with mental illness or chronic illness, celebrating awesome kids, and herding cats.
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