Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe
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Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

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A unique mix of pineapple and pumpkin creates moist cupcakes with mouthwatering flavor and texture. A fluffy frosting caps these tasty treats.—Mary E. Relyea, Canastota, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 303 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 221mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition (mixture will appear curdled). Beat in syrup and milk. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, ginger and allspice; add to shortening mixture and beat just until moistened. Stir in pumpkin and pineapple.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 16 cupcakes.
Originally published as Pumpkin Cupcakes in Taste of Home October/November 2008, p43

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amandaleesellers User ID: 5731008 164388
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"These cupcakes were terrible. They did not round up but, rather, actually sank. They had no taste and a weird texture. I never waste food, but these actually went in the garbage."

kerimom2 User ID: 6103588 161959
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"My entire family enjoyed these cupcakes last holiday season when I first came upon this recipe. They are so moist and almost muffin like which was very delightful."

ebeth2007 User ID: 2951063 180579
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"Cooked them 24 minutes, toothpick came out clean... then the centers fell. They're mushy and tasteless. I followed the recipe, not sure what happened..."

Mimi713 User ID: 6333407 174663
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"So fragrant and delcious!"

buffstaxi User ID: 6147696 106962
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"I had high expectations for this recipe but was very disappointed. The cupcake was very bland. The cream cheese frosting was the saving grace. I would never make this recipe again."

Travale User ID: 1709114 103242
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"I would like to make this recipe, but I don't know how much pumpkin to use. What size of can?"

EAW9414 User ID: 3055522 174661
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"im going to make these during halloween.

but i will not add pineapple to it. just
the pumpkin and the rest of the dry ingrients"

BMPepe User ID: 6283282 116724
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"Very tasty, especially with the crushed pineapple! These were very much enjoyed by all in my house. My only complaint was that the frosting was thinner than it looks in the picture, but that worked out for the best because they tasted better with less icing."

healthyhart User ID: 5413702 106959
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"Delicious! It's easy to substitute gluten-free flours too without sacrificing the goodness. I loved that they kept all week in my fridge and still taste fresh."

ibeejc User ID: 5592691 142493
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"Seriously I can't believe some people didn't like them! I had family members begging for the recipe! The only modifications I did was leave out the all spice and replace with nutmeg and pumpkin spice. I also added 2 cans of pineapple instead of 1. They were super moist with lots of flavor! I used store bought cream cheese frosting instead of making my own. They turned out awesome!"

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