Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes Recipe

I am totally drooling over Creative Team member, Amber’s Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes!! This is a must make fall recipe for sure! These look divine. Enjoy! -Linda

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? I sure do and I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I made it for the first time last year and it became an instant favorite with our family.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

My Mom even asked me to bake them for her birthday instead of a cake last year (which I don’t think we have ever had a birthday in our house without a cake!)

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes recipe

Cinnamon spice cupcake


1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 cups sugar
1/2 tbsn. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
1/2 cup milk, divided
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon


3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsn. light brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsn. unsalted butter, melted


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 can (12 fl. oz.) Carnation Evaporated Milk

Start off baking your pumpkin pie first because it will take over an hour to bake and it needs to cool completely before you can use it to pipe your cupcakes. Mix sugar, salt cinnamon, ginger and cloves* in a small bowl. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie pan. Bake in preheated 425 F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 F and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a knife is inserted near the center and comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours.

* You can substitute 1 3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, ginger and cloves which is what I usually do since I don’t usually have ginger or cloves!

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake pan with liners, set aside. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Add the butter and 1/4 cup of milk. Mix on medium speed until smooth, about 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. In another bowl, blend the eggs, egg white, remaining 1/4 cup milk and vanilla. Add to the batter in 3 additions, mixing for 2 minutes on medium speed after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl in between additions. Set aside.To make the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a medium bowl and mix well. Add 1 tbsn. of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner and bake for 5 minutes until the graham crackers are golden. Remove from the oven then fill about 1/2 full with the cake batter. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely. To frost, scoop the pumpkin pie “frosting” into a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes.

**How to Make Cake Flour: I don’t usually have cake flour so I wanted to share with you a cake flour substitution that I have found works well. Measure out 1 3/4 cups flour. Remove 3.5 tablespoons of flour and replace it with 3.5 tablespoons of cornstarch. Mix the flour and cornstarch together and use it in place of cake flour.

Cake Flour Substitution

Place two tablespoons of cornstarch in a one-cup measuring cup and simply fill the rest of the cup with all-purpose flour. One cup of the substitute is equal to one cup of cake flour in any recipe.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes recipe. These are simply delicious! Pumpkin pie in your hand. Enjoy!


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  1. 1

    Those really do look delicious. Pinning this for the holidays! I just love recipes on Mondays. Gives me so many ideas of what I can make my family for the week.


  2. 2
    brenda weiandt

    I am not sure what is missing from the icing recipe but it was very runny

    1. 2.1

      Hey Brenda! I’m so sorry to hear that your frosting turned out runny! One thing to remember is that the recipe is actually for a pumpkin pie so the frosting is going to be softer than your traditional buttercream frosting. Next time you give it a try make sure that your pie is cooked all the way through. You can do this by inserting a knife near the center of the pie and making sure it comes out clean. Don’t forget to also make sure that your pie is completely cool (about 2 hours) before you scoop it out of your pie plate to pipe it on top of your cupcakes. Hope these tips will help make your real pumpkin pie come out great for your frosting next time!

  3. 3

    These look wonderful! I have two questions, how many does this make and have you ever made the frosting a day ahead and refrigerated it? Thanks :-)

    1. 3.1

      Hey Stephanie! The recipe yields about 15 cupcakes. I think the pie would be just fine to make a day ahead of time, my Mom makes this pie every year for Thanksgiving and I’m pretty sure she has always made her pies the night before. I would maybe suggest letting it come closer to room temperature before you try to pipe it. When it is cold it is very dense and might be tricky. If you give it a try be sure to come back and let us know how it turned out!

      1. shopper_freak

        Hi Amber! Is this a 15 normal size cupcake or 15 mini cupcake size?

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