Pumpkin Cupcakes with Orange Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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For a Thanksgiving celebration at my daughter's school I made these pumpkin cupcakes. While they are definitely not low in sugar or fat, they are delicious and easy to make. I made the frosting on my own, experimenting with flavors and finally decided upon cream cheese frosting with orange zest and a bit of pureed pumpkin. YUM!

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Servings: 30 cupcakes


Cost per serving $0.39 view details


  1. Cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Line the muffin pans with liners or spray them with baking spray. Sift together the flour, spices, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, pumpkin and eggs, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the oil and the orange juice until the batter is smooth.
  4. Add the flour-spice mix to the pumpkin mixture and fold together until well incorporated, but do not overmix.
  5. Bake 20–25 minutes.
  6. Frosting:
  7. Using mixer beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Do not over beat, you don't want to "melt" the butter. Add pumpkin puree, vanilla, orange juice, and orange zest. Mix until combined. Taste and adjust to your liking adding more pumpkin if you like. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat well. After 5 cups check consistency. If ok, use as is. If too soft, continue to add sugar until desired consistency.
  8. Frost with cream cheese frosting.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 106g
Recipe makes 30 servings
Calories 359  
Calories from Fat 135 38%
Total Fat 15.36g 19%
Saturated Fat 5.2g 21%
Trans Fat 0.19g  
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 269mg 11%
Potassium 86mg 2%
Total Carbs 54.15g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1.0g 3%
Sugars 43.01g 29%
Protein 2.87g 5%
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