Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chai Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chai Frosting + Husband’s The Cook Cookbook Giveaway!

Nothing gives me greater joy than sharing this recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chai Frosting from my dear friends, Adam and Ryan’s cookbook Husbands That Cook: More Than 120 Irresistible Vegetarian Recipes and Tales from Our Tiny Kitchen

 

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!
Actually, I’m feeling equally joyful that I get to giveaway two copies of their latest cookbook (out now!). All you have to do is comment below and tell me your favorite thing to bake with pumpkin. For additional entries head over to my Instagram account @displacedhousewife and follow the instructions over there. Giveaway is open from March 12, 2019, 11AM PST until March 14, 2019, 9PM PST. Giveaway starts on Instagram tomorrow, March 13, 2019. Good luck to all of you!

 

From the minute I saw these pumpkin cupcakes, I knew that this was the recipe I wanted to share. Not only are they stunning to look at…and I love how they have a little dusting of cinnamon over the tops…but they are absolutely delicious and, my favorite, easy to make!!!

 

Their gorgeous book has over 130 recipes including everything from breakfast, soups, salads, mains, sides, cocktails and yes, DESSERTS! Laced throughout our beautiful photos, lots of sweet stories and entertaining tips. I (or course) started with desserts in their book, but I can’t wait to move on to savory. Head over here for more info on their book and here to get your own copy!

 

Let’s bake some delicious cupcakes, shall we?

 



           

 

 

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chai Frosting

Makes 18 Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

For the Cupcakes

  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (57 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1⁄2 cup (106 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1⁄2 cup (99 g) granulated sugar
  • 1⁄3 cup (79 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 10 ounces (284 g) pumpkin purée
  • 1⁄3 cup (79 ml) milk of your choice

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups (340 g) powdered sugar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • 1⁄2  teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1⁄2  teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

For the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C, and line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and whisk to combine.
  3. In a large mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar on medium until fluffy and creamy. With the machine running, add the oil in a slow stream. Once blended, add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition, then the pumpkin purée, and continue beating until smooth. Add half the flour mixture, beat on low to combine, then add the milk and beat again. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just combined. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, filling each one about 3⁄4 full.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 25 minutes (it took my oven 20 minutes). Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then remove the cupcakes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Sift the powdered sugar directly into the bowl, then add all the spices and the vanilla, and beat until smooth and creamy. *I added 1 tablespoon of milk to thin it a wee bit. You decided. :)
  2. Once the cupcakes are completely cool, pipe or spread a generous layer of frosting on top of each one and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. Serve and enjoy!
  3. Please tag Adam and Ryan @husbandsthatcook #husbandsthatcookbook and me @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife if you make these awesome cupcakes on social — we would love to see them!! xo
Reprinted with permission from Husbands That Cook by Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin, St. Martin’s Griffin 2019.

 

69 Comments

  • Rebecca Firth 2019/03/15 at 4:51 AM

    GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Quyen 2019/03/15 at 4:46 AM

    Pumpkin bread – I don’t tire of it, must have every fall!

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  • Georgia GARDNER Morris 2019/03/14 at 3:04 AM

    My favorite thing to bake with is new. My husband was diagnosed with diabetes last year, so he felt left out on the deserts, so I converted most of my recipes to sugar free, starting with a Sugar Free Pumpkin Cheesecake. Even my non diabetic relatives liked it.

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  • Erika 2019/03/14 at 2:58 AM

    Pumpkin gingerbread!!

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  • Elise 2019/03/14 at 1:15 AM

    Pumpkin pie no question… or pumpkin soup if you want something to warm xou up during winter⛄️

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  • Rachel Anne 2019/03/13 at 10:35 PM

    I have my father in law’s recipe for pumpkin bread in a coffee can. It is delicious and brings back great memories.

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  • Megan Trapani 2019/03/13 at 7:50 PM

    Your Brown Butter Pumpkin Cookies!!! They never last more than a few minutes when I bring them to a party!!

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  • H 2019/03/13 at 7:39 PM

    Pumpkin brownies are tasty!

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  • Jacy 2019/03/13 at 7:35 PM

    OMG.. pumpkin Mac n Cheese!! A bit less guilt.. still beautiful, creamy and comforting. Kudos to all these fabulous new cookbooks!! Can’t wait to try the chai pumpkin combo. My new indulgence is chai with a shot of espresso.. chai is a warm and wonderful treat. Happy Baking all!

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  • Morgan 2019/03/13 at 5:55 PM

    So excited for their book and this recipe looks DELISH!! Can’t wait to make it. XO

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  • Karen 2019/03/13 at 5:50 PM

    I love making pumpkin bread!

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  • Audra Murphy 2019/03/13 at 5:26 PM

    Pumpkin bread, or pumpkin pie for sure!

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  • Jill 2019/03/13 at 3:30 PM

    Previous to buying The Cookie Book, I would have said muffins, but I LOVE your pumpkin cookies!

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  • Deanna Y. 2019/03/13 at 3:22 PM

    I love baking pumpkin bread and then smearing with pumpkin butter from Trader Joes!

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  • Laura Sharp 2019/03/13 at 3:14 PM

    I can’t say I’ve actually baked much with pumpkin aside from pie, but these cupcakes look superb, I will have to give them a try!

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  • Jamie Wollman 2019/03/13 at 2:48 PM

    Oh, my! Rockin’ moist warm, spicy pumpkin bread with walnuts. Nothing “pumpkin” beats this!

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  • Nadia 2019/03/13 at 2:43 PM

    Pumpkin Spice Bars and your Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cookies are my favourite!

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  • Jacquelyn 2019/03/13 at 2:37 PM

    Anything pumpkin! It just reminds me of fall . But pumpkin crunch cake would be a good one!

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  • Gloria 2019/03/13 at 2:35 PM

    Hi!! My favorite thing to bake is Pumpkin Pie. I love baking it and eating it.

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  • Jeanne K 2019/03/13 at 5:55 AM

    Every fall I bake pumpkin muffins that my family loves. This year for the first time I made a Pumpkin Roll, which is a thin sponge type cake topped with cream cheese frosting, then rolled into a log. It was delicious. I bet the chai frosting would be a delicious alternative to the cream cheese frosting. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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  • Liz Tosti 2019/03/13 at 3:51 AM

    Pumpkin spice gooey cake

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  • Annette 2019/03/13 at 3:14 AM

    I make a pumpkin crumble that is heavenly.

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  • Jeanne McCabe 2019/03/13 at 2:35 AM

    I love pumpkin and bake an awesome pie as well as pumpkins bread

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  • Constance 2019/03/13 at 2:20 AM

    Not creative – I’m all about the pie (or pumpkin custard minus the crust).

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  • Jordan 2019/03/13 at 2:05 AM

    I love making pumpkin muffins! But let’s be honest, cupcakes are just fancy muffins and these could easily knock my favorite out of line ;)

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  • Nancy Sanders 2019/03/13 at 1:26 AM

    Pumpkin pie making sure to make my own pie crust and use a glass pie pan.

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  • Holly Hansburg 2019/03/13 at 12:34 AM

    My favorite is pumpkin chocolate chip bread, which I will be baking tomorrow during our Colorado Snow Day! ❄️❄️❄️

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  • Cassie 2019/03/12 at 11:32 PM

    I love to make pumpkin muffins!

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  • Sara 2019/03/12 at 11:26 PM

    I love to bake pumpkin cheesecake! I also love adding pumpkin to all soups/stews/chili!

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  • Geraly 2019/03/12 at 10:33 PM

    I know it’s not the norm, but one of my favorite things to make with pumpkin is pumpkin chili. Super tasty and healthy and perfect on those cold days!

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  • Tammy Stewart 2019/03/12 at 9:49 PM

    Mmmm, warm cinnamon crumb topped pumpkin muffins with a nice cup of coffee.

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  • Kelly Kardos 2019/03/12 at 9:09 PM

    Pumpkin bread in the fall (big puffy heart!)

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  • Virginia Campbell 2019/03/12 at 8:49 PM

    Streusel Pumpkin Pie (must top with whipped cream)

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  • Anne Weber-Falk 2019/03/12 at 8:45 PM

    I know it’s probably boring to many but my son and I really like to make and eat pumpkin pie easy on the cloves) with pumpkin bread coming in at a close second.

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  • Jason 2019/03/12 at 8:40 PM

    I love to make pumpkin pie!

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  • Hope Hill 2019/03/12 at 8:21 PM

    I love pumpkin bread with different variations such as the addition of bananas, raisins, spices, etc. But the cupcakes look absolutely delicious! Will have to give them a try. The cookbook looks absolutely gorgeous.

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  • Nancy 2019/03/12 at 8:15 PM

    I love to make pumpkin scones – and without a glaze they are wonderful with pumpkin chili, too!

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  • Marjorie Sener 2019/03/12 at 8:08 PM

    Pumpkin pie, pumpkin doughnuts, and pumpkin stuffed with veggies and herbs!

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  • Joelle Bradley 2019/03/12 at 8:06 PM

    Pumpkin cheesecake with cranberry is great. And although not a ‘bake’, I am crazy for pumpkin based soups!

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  • Joelle Bradley 2019/03/12 at 8:05 PM

    Pumpkin cheesecake with cranberry. And although not a ‘bake’, I am crazy for pumpkin based soups!

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  • Hilda 2019/03/12 at 7:59 PM

    My very favourite pumpkin thing to bake is pumpkin pie!

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  • Ruth 2019/03/12 at 7:57 PM

    Gourgeous post! I’m drooling…!
    Teff pumpkin pecan scones with a killer maple-espresso glaze :)

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  • Anne Pikula 2019/03/12 at 7:55 PM

    Pumpkin bread with fresh cranberries – sweet & tart in one scrumptious bite. You have the most amazing recipes, photography & I so enjoy your blog. Would love to win a copy of your beautiful book.

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  • Catherine 2019/03/12 at 7:55 PM

    My favorite is aunt’s pumpkin bourbon pie! Every thanksgiving it is my favorite dessert!

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  • Andrea S. 2019/03/12 at 7:54 PM

    Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting!!

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  • JaxJayne 2019/03/12 at 7:45 PM

    Pumpkin pie which I make for my daughter’s birthday every May!

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    • Rebecca Firth 2019/03/12 at 7:43 PM

      I love that!!! My kids like cherry pie on their birthdays!!! xoxo

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  • Arju 2019/03/12 at 7:44 PM

    Pumpkin bread!

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  • Carla 2019/03/12 at 7:42 PM

    My favourite thing to bake with pumpkin is pancakes! Yum!

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    • Rebecca Firth 2019/03/12 at 7:43 PM

      I don’t know if I’ve made pumpkin pancakes — how weird is that?!?! Putting them on the list!!! xoxo

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  • Irene K 2019/03/12 at 7:32 PM

    Pumpkin Bread!! Love baking it year round – doesn’t need to be PSL season ;)

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    • Rebecca Firth 2019/03/12 at 7:35 PM

      I couldn’t agree more!!! We need to break pumpkin free from fall!!! Would love to know what recipe you use!! xoxo

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  • Nanette Jackson 2019/03/12 at 7:27 PM

    Pumpkin bread

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  • Joyce 2019/03/12 at 7:27 PM

    Pumpkin pie and of course, pumpkin ravioli.

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  • Jennie 2019/03/12 at 7:25 PM

    I love pumpkin with cream cheese in a cheesecake or a roll!

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    • Rebecca Firth 2019/03/12 at 7:26 PM

      I’ve been dying to make a pumpkin swiss roll — they’re so pretty!!! And yes, with some type of delicious cream cheese filling in there! xoxo

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  • Casey 2019/03/12 at 7:22 PM

    Pumpkin bread!

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    • Rebecca Firth 2019/03/12 at 7:26 PM

      Love love loveeee me some pumpkin bread!!! xoxo

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  • Celeste Lamosse 2019/03/12 at 7:19 PM

    Pumpkin cookies, for sure.

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  • Melissa C. 2019/03/12 at 7:17 PM

    Love me some pumpkin whoopie pies!

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  • Adam & Ryan 2019/03/12 at 6:44 PM

    This is such a gorgeous post!! The photos are stunnnning!! Thank you so much for sharing about our book, Becky!! We are so proud of how it turned out, and can’t wait for everyone to see it!

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    • Rebecca Firth 2019/03/12 at 6:47 PM

      Thank you for creating such a beautiful book!!! I can’t wait to dive into savory and making all of these beautiful dishes a part of our life!! Congratulations!!!! You should be so proud!! xoxo

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  • Caroline 2019/03/12 at 6:29 PM

    My favourite thing to bake with pumpkin is pumpkin pie! I love to eat vegetarian most of the time, I can’t wait to get my hands on this cookbook, it looks amazing.

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    • Rebecca Firth 2019/03/12 at 6:42 PM

      Hi Caroline! I loveeeee pumpkin pie! My mom makes the yummiest. Good luck and I can’t wait for you to get your hands on a copy!! xoxo

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