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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These yummy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are the perfect fall dessert! Full of rich pumpkin flavor and warm spices, these cozy cupcakes will warm your heart!

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Have I ever told you that I LOVE the fall season? Well… I do; everything about it: the decorations, the scarfs, the clothes, the warm foods, of course the boots, but most of all anything that has pumpkin in it. So give me a chance to make a pumpkin dessert and I’m all over it.

This weekend my husband and I dedicated our son at church.  It was a really special moment for both of us because it is our first child. (so of course there were lots of tears) Afterwards we decided to have family and friends over to celebrate with us, and as a special treat I whipped up these quick cupcakes. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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Pumpkin spice cupcakes with frosting on a baking rack.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These pumpkin spice cupcakes with cinnamon and a healthy cream cheese frosting are the perfect 35-minute fall treat.



Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, white sugar, applesauce, vanilla extract and eggs using a spatula.
  3. Slowly stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Mix together until everything is thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the cupcake-lined muffin tins 3/4 of the way full and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test. Remove the cupcakes from the oven when done and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, add cream cheese, greek yogurt, vanilla and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, and blend until the mixture is smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Frost the top of the cupcakes cake. Serve and enjoy!
  7. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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