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Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe
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Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

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I like to share these little pumpkin cakes at work. Cupcakes are the perfect workplace treat because they're already wrapped up and so easy to eat. —Kathleen Dimmich, Easton, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, beat the pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs until well blended. In small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture until blended.
  2. For filling, another small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg; beat on low just until combined.
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups one-third full. Drop filling by tablespoonfuls into center of each cupcake. Cover with remaining batter.
  4. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the pumpkin portion comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes in Taste of Home Recipe Card Collection Winter 2010 Winter 2010, p87

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"I've been looking for a new dessert for Thanksgiving and this is in the running. Tried them out on family members and everyone enjoyed them very much. Instead of using the confectioner sugar to sprinkle on top I used cinnamon sugar."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"These were terrific!!! I took them to work and sent some into work with my husband, too. Everyone LOVED them :)"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

"These were phenomenal! I read the recipe wrong and ended up with 12 cupcakes and a bunch of batter... which I then put in a loaf pan and swirled the filling over the top. It all turned out great and I will make these all winter long! Thanks for the recipe!"

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"Made these in November for church Turkey dinner. Everyone asked who made them!! Just made them again last night and son and daughter in law asked to eat several even though we just got home from a restaurant. Husband loves them too! My only problem is that I have enough batter for 26 cupcakes filled to the top but only enough filling for 24. Guess who gets to eat the plain ones!!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"The cupcakes were super moist. Next time I'll try the pumpkin pie spice instead of just cinnamon for a different twist. I took them to my work Christmas party...but we've been enjoying the leftovers in the office for breakfast!! I agree you should use generous dollops of the cream cheese in the middle - and my tops were extra sugared.....on purpose. :) YUM!"

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