These pumpkin cupcakes turned out to be a great way to use up the pumpkin I had left over from my previous Halloween baking exploits. The pumpkin makes the cupcakes nice and moist with a hint of spice, and the cream cheese frosting adds a great tang (as well as a second hit of sugar). Again, I think they would be much improved  by a few nuts.
I don’t have any great pictures of these. Because the frosting was a bit loose, I decorated them at work, where there is no natural light.

Makes 12 cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4tsp ground ginger
  • 2/3cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil or butter
  • 2 large egs
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts such as pecans (optional)

For the frosting

  • 8oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups icing sugar (I used muscavado icing sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

This will leave you with some leftover frosting. I made my frosting with about 3/4 of the ingredients stated but it came out a bit loose and I’m not sure why.


1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F

2. In a large bowl, cream both types of sugar and your butter or oil, until well combined.

3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating in between

4. Add pumpkin and vanilla

5. Slowly sift in the dry ingredients (including spices), continuing to mix between additions.

6. Check out the autumnal beauty.
7. Divide the batter into a lined 12 hole muffin tin

8. Bake in your preheated oven for 16-24 minutes, until a cake passes the toothpick test.

9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Meanwhile, make your frosting. Cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. I used an electric hand mixer.
10. Mix in the vanilla and then the icing sugar until thick and smooth. If the frosting is a bit slack, chill in the fridge while your cupcakes cool.
11. Once the cupcakes are cool, pipe or spoon on your frosting. Combine them any way you like, I don’t judge.