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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

My family always asks for these cupcakes once fall starts. We just love the flavors of cinnamon and cloves—the shining stars in this dessert. —Melissa Story, Trego, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups mashed cooked or canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, beat the pumpkin, sugars, applesauce, oil, eggs and egg whites until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cloves; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture until blended.
  • Fill 20 foil-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, beat butter and shortening until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon and cloves; beat until smooth. Spread over cupcakes; sprinkle with walnuts.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 341 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 301mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • SRKeener
    Oct 2, 2018

    Pumpkin Pie Spice Cupcakes - I usually don't like trying new recipes even though I have a million cookbooks but I wanted something different - they did not disappoint! I didn't have ground cloves so I just used pumpkin pie spice. They are very flavorful and moist. I did put chopped pecans on top of icing and sprinkled with a little more pumpkin pie spice . Very easy recipe to follow. Thanks for sharing. Definitely a keeper.

  • Chhotu
    Sep 12, 2017

    This Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes recipe is so simple. I made it for a birthday and! everyone absolutely LOVED it! Also, it was my first time ever making a homemade cake. Thanks for sharing.

  • DDPLoeches
    Oct 28, 2016

    After reading everyone's comments about the sides sticking, I increased the flour to 3 and 1/2 cups. I also used 3 whole eggs. Because I'm taking them somewhere and don't want the plastic to stick, I decided to insert the nozzle into the cupcakes and fill them instead of frosting them. Not quite as pretty, but less messy. I skipped the nutmeg, and I only put cinnamon in the filling--and then I used the same filling for the Double Chocolate Cupcakes recipe too. Yum!

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Mar 31, 2016

    These cupcakes are really good. The recipe makes 24 cupcakes but I made only 12. They turned out pretty big and I baked them for 10 minutes longer. For the buttercream icing I had to add some milk, which is not in the recipe, to get it the right consistency. I topped mine with mini chocolate chips instead of walnuts.

  • mkaskela
    Nov 18, 2015

    Wonderful, but double the frosting.

  • janeharness
    Nov 4, 2014

    These are fantastic! The only thing I would do is double the frosting recipe..I like more than a thin layer of frosting! Can't wait to share them.

  • meliss.beyer
    Nov 15, 2013

    These cupcakes were delicious! They were so moist and flavorful. I have a pumpkin obsession around this time of year and would definitely make these again. The only issue that I had was that the cupcake stuck to the liner when trying to eat them-minor issue.

  • jaspencer66
    Nov 6, 2013

    Very delicious! I had minor problems with the frosting, too. I added a bit more milk and super whipped it. Everyone loved them, and I will have to try the layer cake that another reviewer made.

  • Lizandjuan
    Oct 14, 2013

    Amazing! I made a two-layer cake and doubled the frosting. I sprinkled the top of the cake with chopped pecans.

  • mjbeagles
    Sep 29, 2013

    I also had to add some milk to the frosting. The baking time was also off by 10 minutes. I had to bake them about 30 minutes. Other than that, they are very moist and delicious.