Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
These pumpkin cupcakes are moist, melt-in-your-mouth soft, and so easy to make! The cream cheese frosting is even easier and not overly sweet.
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Calories: 248 kcal
Servings: 24 cupcakes


For the Pumpkin Cupcakes:

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 12 oz cream cheese (1 1/2 packages), room temperature
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (12 Tbsp)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract


How To Make pumpkin Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 24 count muffin pan with 24 cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients: 2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda and 2 tsp cinnamon.
  3. In a second medium mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients: 15 oz pumpkin puree, 1 cup oil, 3 large eggs. Whisk until well combined and all oil is fully blended in and no longer visible.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Divide evenly between 24 liners, filling each 2/3 full. Bake at 350˚F for 20-22 min or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cupcakes rest in pan 10 min then transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature before frosting.

How to Make Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Combine all frosting in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat on medium/low speed until powdered sugar is incorporated. Scrape down the bowl with spatula and beat on high speed 4 min or until fluffy, scraping down the bowl as needed. Transfer to large pasty bag fitted with large open star tip (Wilton 1M) and pipe over cupcakes. Refrigerate until ready to serve.