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A pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting on a small plate.

Moist and Fluffy Pumpkin Cupcakes

These cupcakes are all pumpkin, no pumpkin spice! With these step-by-step instructions, you'll bake a moist and fluffy batch of Pumpkin Cupcakes spiced with cinnamon instead of pumpkin pie spices. Then, frost with cream cheese frosting and a dusting of cinnamon, and these cupcakes are the ultimate autumn dessert!
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Course: Cupcake, Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Kosher
Keyword: moist pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cupcakes without pumpkin spice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour 150g
  • 1 cup brown sugar 213g
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs large, room temperature
  • ¼ cup whole milk room temperature
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling 250g


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners.
  • In a medium bowl combine the 1 ¼ cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp kosher salt, and ½ tsp ground cinnamon and mix well with a spatula to combine, making sure to break up the brown sugar clumps.
  • In another bowl combine the 2 eggs, ¼ cup milk, ¼ cup oil, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, and 1 cup pure pumpkin and mix with a spatula until smooth.
  • Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula only until combined.
  • Fill the muffin liners ¾ of the way full with batter and bake for 20-22 minutes.
  • Cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting and dust with cinnamon if desired.



Make sure to use canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. Top the cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!


Nutrition Facts
Moist and Fluffy Pumpkin Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 197mg9%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3226IU65%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.