Pumpkin pie cupcakes: like the pie. But a cupcake.

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I have a thing about pumpkin. I love it, I want it, I need it. As soon as September arrives, I’m in line at Starbucks to buy a $5 drink neither my wallet or waistline need — and I don’t care. Repeat throughout the fall.

Lattes aren’t enough for me, though. I need to have pumpkin candles, pumpkin scones, pumpkin bread. I want pumpkins embroidered on tea towels in my bathroom and sitting in my boyfriend’s apartment window, where he will stare at them and scorn me for “girly-ing” his manly, masculine, rough-and-tumble bachelor pad.

If he thinks my minimalist fall decorations are bad? Oh, the fun he has in store. (Don’t tell him.)

In the pumpkin vein, I decided to do some baking last weekend — and I spotted this recipe on my fall-themed Pinterest board (yep, totally have one of those). It’s simple, delicious and — yes — tastes exactly like pumpkin pie. Just in convenient cupcake form.

It’s best consumed chilled and with a huge dollop of whipped cream. I sprinkled cinnamon on mine because, well . . . everything is better with cinnamon. Hope you agree.

Pumpkin pie cupcakes

Recipe adapted from Baking Bites

2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup half and half (or evaporated milk)

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking tins with paper or silicone liners.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and half and half until well combined. Add in dry ingredients and whisk until no streaks of flour remain and batter is smooth.
4. Fill each muffin cup approximately 2/3 full.
5. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan. They will sink as they cool.
6. Chill cupcakes before serving. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Yield: 12-16 cupcakes.

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28 responses to “Pumpkin pie cupcakes: like the pie. But a cupcake.

  1. bookingmama

    Have you seen the Pumpkin Pie Cupcake candle at White Barn? It smells delicious!

  2. It wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin post from you! Those look delicious!

  3. sandynawrot

    OMG. WANT!!!!

  4. I love this! I am definitely trying out this recipe. I love all things pumpkin too and a pumpkin pie cupcake is genius! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  5. Senator

    Oh my goodness, those look delicious — I must learn how to veganize them!!!

    Also, I have one of the best pumpkin bread recipe if you would like it (non vegan). So moist and nom nom nommy. Happy fall!

  6. I always look forward to your pumpkin posts and yummy pumpkin recipes. I’m still trying to find recipes to use up the last of my zucchini crop.

  7. sarahjamalwriter


  8. I’m not a pumpkin fiend but my favorite people are (you included!) and I do enjoy the contact high from pumpkin addicts — it certainly makes me welcome autumn!

  9. These look so delicious!!! I really want to bake up a batch now!!

  10. Oh-em-gee….YES! These look amazing.

  11. I love your love for pumpkin.
    I love it soooo too.
    This sound heavenly!

  12. Pumpkin cupcakes – what a genius idea! They look amazing!

  13. OMG…I have to make these very soon!

  14. softdrink

    I want! :-D

  15. Oh, my word…. these look delicious! Will have to try! I’m right there with you. This time of year I’m all pumpkin everything. I heard Dunkin has a pretty decent pumpkin coffee, too. Mmmm… Thanks for a great recipe!

  16. Beth F

    I was following along on Twitter — Must.Make.Soon.

  17. Oh, yes! I love pumpkin… Must. Bake. Cupcakes.

  18. I was just thinking about making something with spice in it (and comparing the Dutch speculaas spices to pumpkin spice) which’ll be perfect for autumn :)

  19. Fay

    Similar to my pumpkin bread, but cupcakes are more fun.

  20. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are good too.

  21. Okay, so clearly you’ve found a treasure of a recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with us! I’ll be making this ASAP. YUM.

    Hope you enjoyed the book fest! I met up with some of my book club girls and really enjoyed that Teen tent yesterday!

  22. kay

    I am still indebted to you for discovering the pumpkin spice lattes… I think that was 3 falls ago? Ever since, I have been looking even more than before for pumpkin-relate yummies. I just have to try this one!

  23. Reblogged this on This is me. and commented:
    I heart fall. I heart pumpkin. I have to try this recipe.

  24. amb

    These look amazing!

  25. A girl after my own heart! I cannot get enough pumpkin either. These look amazing!!!

  26. Pumpkin pie… In cupcake form? I’m pretty sure my mind is blown.

  27. Alexandra Johnson

    Just to let you know that one of our teachers made you pumpkin cupcakes and they were heavenly. She added a little trist to them by stuffing the inside with a cream cheese spread (like inside a pumpkin log) ! Thanks for the recipes…

  28. byhsouth

    These look ahhhhh-mazing!!