Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Well hello cupcakes! This is my pumpkin spicy twist on the plain old boring cupcake. In the winter, I absolutely love fall spices and pumpkin. The cream cheese frosting gives this cupcake the right amount of sweetness and sure is delicious. I had to stop myself from eating the whole bowl of frosting while the cupcakes were cooling. You will also notice that this is a great batter that cooks cake to perfection. This recipe will make 12 standard cupcakes, however I made 6 jumbo ones using a Texas muffin pan. Hope you adore these!

Be My 'Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting' Recipe

makes 12 standard cupcakes OR 6 jumbo cupcakes

What you will need:


  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance Buttery Spread)
  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese (I used Go Veggie in Classic Plain flavor)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

What you will need to do:

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Grease your cupcake pan or place cupcake liners inside. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a small bowl. Combine both dry and wet ingredients together and mix well to make a batter. Divide batter evenly in cupcake pan cups. Bake for 20- 30 minutes, or until you can insert and remove a toothpick in cupcake cleanly. Let cupcakes cool. Make frosting by combining all four ingredients with a hand mixer until frosting is fluffy. Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

As you can see, I ditched the fancy bakery tips to practice spreading frosting for when the baby gets here. Personally, it is easier to pipe mountains of frosting versus this mess I made with my spreader! Good practice for cupcake baking fun with our child. And for now, the Dirty Vegan is signing off...hope you have a sweet day!

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