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
Featured In: 28 Best Fall Cakes
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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 250 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 179mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  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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amiracle2012 User ID: 7960803 233739
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."

JenniferMomto3 User ID: 5618202 215681
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

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

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 179256
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!"

bonnie likes User ID: 6077876 112132
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!!"

jenrsnyder User ID: 6252990 112023
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!"

CDVDCV User ID: 6891323 180110
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"These are the BEST! Quick and easy - made them four times already! Family loves them! Don't soften the cream cheese too much - the filling is better when it's about the consistency of cookie batter."

clasistamper User ID: 4007238 182888
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"Very tasty. Cup cakes also freeze very well."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 98085
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"Made the for Thanksgiving, used a Thanksgiving stencil theme and dusted the top. Looked pretty and tasted so homemade! Everyone loved the surprise in the middle."

Dam Yankee User ID: 1411124 180108
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"Made this recipe doing mini cupcakes for an Open House at our local hospital and some regular size for family and friends....all were a big hit. The minis I made with a cream cheese frosting and sprinkled top with Cinnamon sugar.....the regular size I just sprinkled with cinnamon sugar (Stevia sugar for low cal). All were fantastic!

Make certain you put in just add a little batter in base for cupcake, then add a good dopple of cream cheese fluff mixture, topping off with more cake batter to fill 3/4 of cupcake. Remember if you do minis to adjust time."

knodelljodie User ID: 6952551 166036
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"These cupcakes were the bomb! Made double recipe making half as cupcakes the other half like a 13x9 cake, layering it like the cupcakes. They both turned out soooo moist and delicious, the double batch didn't last long!"

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