Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Pumpkin isn’t nearly as common in sweet recipes as it is in savoury dishes, but we reckon its distinctive earthy, rich flavour is just as at home in a cake as it is in a pie or soup.

Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe

If you’ve read our post on How To Carve A Pumpkin and aren’t too sure what to do with the actual flesh once you’ve carved a lantern, here’s a great little recipe to make yummy, lightly spiced pumpkin cupcakes. We’ve even included a recipe for simple (but utterly delicious) buttercream icing to top them off with!

easy pumpkin cupcakes ingredients


For 12 pumpkin cupcakes

    • 160g all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon allspice
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 250g grated pumpkin
    • 100g cup sugar
    • 60g cup brown sugar, packed
    • 100ml cup vegetable oil
    • 2 large eggs

For the buttercream icing:

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


for the base

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/ 170°C (fan)/ 375°F/ Gas 5. Line a 12 cup standard cupcake tray with cupcake baking cups and set aside
  2. Combine the flour, allspice, baking powder, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl
  3. Whisk together the grated pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil and eggs in another bowl
  4. Pour the whisked mixture over the dry ingredients and stir using a spatula, until fully mixed
  5. Dollop a spoonful of batter evenly into each baking cup in the cupcake tray until the batter runs out. Place the tray into the hot oven and bake for 15-18 minutes
    Tip: Make the buttercream icing while you’re waiting for your cupcakes to bake
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before adding the buttermilk icing


For the buttermilk icing

  1. Add the butter to a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and peaky
  2. Sieve the icing sugar to remove any lumps, then add a little at a time to the butter while whisking continually, until all the icing sugar has been added. If the mixture begins to become too thick, add the milk a teaspoon at a time to loosen it up until the desired texture has been reached
  3. Add scoops of buttercream to the top of each pumpkin cupcake (you can smooth the tops with a spatula if desired)

easy pumpkin cupcakes buttermilk icing

And that’s it! Give the recipe a go and let us know what you think in the comments! If you liked this, why not check out some of our other recipes like our Easy Chocolate Blondies or our Healthy Breakfast Muffins?