Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Jane Bruce

Pumpkin Cupcakes

While for many people, the coming of autumn means fall foliage, comfy sweaters, and hot apple cider, to me the changing of the season means one thing: it's pumpkin time! Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors, and when the weather cools, it's time to incorporate it into as many dishes as possible.

These cupcakes are a tasty way to welcome the chilly temperatures. The cake is moist and not too sweet and the decadent maple cream cheese frosting is homey and delicious. And that little crumble of Heath bar on top just takes them over the edge. Whip up these cupcakes for a taste of fall's best flavors all in one bite.

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For the cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix to combine.

In a larger bowl, add the eggs, pumpkin, sugars, and vegetable oil. Whisk until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir until all combined. 

Divide the batter among 10 prepared cups (batter should go about 3/4 way up the liners). Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

For the frosting

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and butter. Beat together until combined. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated. Add the sugar and mix until smooth.

To frost the cooled cupcakes, place a dollop of frosting on top of each cupcake and work into the desired shape with a knife or pastry spatula. 

Top with the crumbled Heath bar and enjoy!


Calories per serving:

553 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 60 g
  • Protein 9 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 36 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 2135 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 151 µg
  • Vitamin B-12 1 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 8 mg
  • Vitamin D 18 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 6 µg
  • Ash 3 g
  • Calcium, Ca 112 mg
  • Carotene, beta 5 µg
  • Cholesterol 21 mg
  • Choline, total 11 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 1 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 9 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 6 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 18 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 10 g
  • Folate, DFE 15 µg
  • Folate, food 40 µg
  • Folate, total 85 µg
  • Iron, Fe 5 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 3 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 43 mg
  • Niacin 4 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 151 mg
  • Phytosterols 10 mg
  • Potassium, K 202 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin 4-6mers 13 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin 7-10mers 7 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin dimers 1 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin polymers (>10mers) 13 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin trimers 6 mg
  • Retinol 67 µg
  • Selenium, Se 4 µg
  • Sodium, Na 623 mg
  • Starch 7 g
  • Sucrose 1 g
  • Sugars, total 7 g
  • Tocopherol, gamma 1 mg
  • Water 40 g
  • Zinc, Zn 1 mg
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