Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing – My Family Ties

Halloween Cupcakes 

I have been getting together lots of little treats for Halloween, and these Pumpkin Cupcakes have a warm spicy flavour, perfect for this time of year.  The cream cheese icing is a great accompaniment to the cupcakes and the added cinnamon gives the ideal finish for a very Autumnal cupcake.

Using tinned pumpkin is very convenient in this recipe, giving you the opportunity to whip up a batch whenever takes your fancy, and if you haven’t tried tinned pumpkin before don’t be put off it really does the job perfectly for using in cakes and cupcakes.


285 g plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

3/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt

130 g caster sugar

130 g light brown sugar

110 g butter

4 large eggs

1 can of pumpkin puree

For the cream cheese icing

330 g icing sugar
200 g cream cheese (I used full fat Philadelphia)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla essence or vanilla bean paste
50 g butter 


  • Preheat your oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5 and line your cupcake tray with cupcake cases.
  • Sieve together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ground ginger, salt, set this mixture aside.
  • In a food mixture with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and the sugars until light and smooth.
  • The mixture will look paler in colour when it is ready.
  • Add the eggs with the mixer on a low speed, one at a time until fully incorporated, scraping the bowl down after each addition.  
  • Once the last eggs has been mixed into the sugar and butter, add the pumpkin puree and then slowly add the flour mixture until combined.
  • Add the combined mixture to the cupcake cases, I find it easiest to use an ice cream scoop to get accurate measurements this ensures they are all the same and results in even baking for all the cupcakes.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until you test with a skewer and it comes out cleanly.  Allow the cupcakes to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then turn out to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 
  • You can make the cream cheese icing while the cupcakes are cooling by mixing the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.  Then add the icing sugar, cinnamon and vanilla essence or paste and beat again until fully combined, it will look paler, smooth and creamy when ready.  
  • Add to a piping bag and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.
  • I used small orange candy decorating balls to decorate, but any Halloween themed decoration works just as well, or opt for just having the icing with nothing else.

I hope you have enjoyed my Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake recipe, I will be adding lots more recipes for Halloween over the next couple of weeks, as I will be making lots of little treats for my two girls, which I will share with you.

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  1. October 16, 2014 / 10:36 am

    These look like the perfect seasonal treat!

  2. October 16, 2014 / 9:50 pm

    These look amazing, love the little orange balls on top, they really finish them off x

  3. October 19, 2014 / 7:59 am

    G'day! Looks yum and thanks for sharing at our #SayGdayParty
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    Cheers! Joanne @ What's On The List Pinned

  4. October 19, 2014 / 10:16 am

    I've never tried canned pumpkin. Those look great.

  5. October 19, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    I love themed cupcakes, can't wait to make some next week!!!
    Felicity kelly

  6. October 20, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! I'm having a Halloween gathering so I may make these for the grown-ups to enjoy whist the children are searching for candy! Great recipe & the photos look lovely x

    • October 23, 2014 / 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much! I have to say that although my girls did like these cupcakes they have a very grown up feel to them and would be perfect for everyone. Tweet or Fb me a photo of your creations I would love to see them! Happy Halloween xx

  7. November 4, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    I had no idea that tinned pumpkin existed! What a great way to use it in these cupcakes, they sound (and look) amazing!

  8. November 10, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    I'm going to have to look out for tinned pumpkin as it's not something I've tried before.

  9. November 11, 2014 / 9:59 am

    These look absolutely gorgeous! I love pumpkin anything at the moment – I need to stock up on the tinned stuff. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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