Bring Pumpkin Cake Instead {Recipe}

Are you in charge of bringing the dessert for the Thanksgiving feast?  I’m going to make a bold suggestion here…I think you should forget the pumpkin pie, and bring Pumpkin Cupcakes instead!  They are a fun departure from the ordinary, and Jennifer Bunce from Hudson Cakery shared one of her top secret recipes just for you.  Obviously, you don’t want to disappoint Jennifer! {As if you don’t already get enough of a guilt trip from your mother over the holidays.}

Jennifer also included some pumpkin cake eye candy for you, but for more…check out Hudson Cakery’s site  to see her incredible, edible, works of art!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Yield 20

Ingredients –

  • 8 oz. unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeghudson cakery on sugar loco
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 24 oz. sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cup canned Pumpkin
  • 1 cup warm (110 degrees) milk


  1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, and beat until combined. Add pumpkin puree and milk; beat until combined.
  4. Add reserved flour mixture; beat on low speed until just combined.
  5. Pour batter 2/3 high into each liner, and bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean or about 20 minutes. Let cool.
  6. Frost with recipe below. For best results, frost with pastry bag with #306 wide round tip.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 12 oz of cream cheese
  • 1.5 sticks of unsalted butter, softened (6
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of real vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or more to taste)
  • 1 box of powered sugar
  1. Mix the cream cheese and the butter until well combined.
  2. Add the salt, vanilla and maple syrup.
  3. Sift powdered sugar and slowly add into the frosting. Mix until smooth.

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