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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chai Frosting

Not only are these pumpkin cupcakes stunning with a little dusting of cinnamon over the top, but they are absolutely delicious and easy to make!
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Course: Cupcakes
Cuisine: Dessert
Servings: 18


  • 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 salt4 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


  • For the Cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C, and line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and whisk to combine.
  • 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.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: 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. :)
  • 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!
Thanks for baking with me! Please tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so I can see your beautiful treats! xo