Pumpkin Walnut Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Walnut Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Yesterday was my birthday, and instead of celebrating with a cake recipe, I broke the big news that I interviewed Kelly Ripa! And, I also stayed in my pajamas for most of the day, talked to my family and friends, and made these incredibly delicious pumpkin walnut cupcakes with spiced cream cheese frosting. Oh, heaven.

Boston Trees

To celebrate, my wonderful husband surprised me with an upcoming trip to Boston, which is my favorite place on earth this time of year. The trees turn electric orange, red and yellow, the air is crisp and it’s perfectly fun just to spend the day walking through the city. We’re going to visit old friends, drink hot chocolate, eat bread bowls of clam chowder, go to my favorite pumpkin patch, wear sweaters and boots, and have an all around lovely time. I can’t wait!

Pumpkin Walnut Cupcakes

But, before I get wrapped up in anticipation for Saturday’s flight, it’s time to focus on cupcakes! Let me tell you something. These little cupcakes are to die for. They are so moist, fluffy and full of warm spiced pumpkin flavor, and the cream cheese frosting on top is just divine. Yes, I drizzled one with a little caramel syrup, and no, I couldn’t help myself. You know you want it.

Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

They are super simple to whip up, too! Just take a bunch of ingredients you probably already have, toss in some pumpkin puree and chopped walnuts, and bake those beauties for 15 minutes. The aroma is rich, spicy and absolutely scrumptious, and the frosted cupcakes are just little bites of heaven on earth. I know you’ll agree, and hopefully get a taste of what I love so much about the fall season!

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Pumpkin Walnut Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: Makes 24 cupcakes / 3 cups frosting


Pumpkin Walnut Cupcakes
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten until frothy
1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


Pumpkin Walnut Cupcakes

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a bowl. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs. Blend in mashed pumpkin.

Stir in the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the milk, blending until batter is smooth after each addition; stir in chopped walnuts. Spoon batter into well-greased and floured or paper-lined mini muffin pan cups. Fill about 2/3 full.

Bake at 375° for 15 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center of one cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely, then frost with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting.

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Blend in cinnamon and nutmeg until well distributed.

Frost cupcakes as desired (I used a Wilton 1M tip), or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.



18 Responses to “Pumpkin Walnut Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. #
    london bakes — October 14, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Happy belated birthday! These cupcakes look like a perfect way to celebrate and I hope you have a wonderful trip to Boston.

  2. #
    yummychunklet — October 14, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    The consistent color hue throughout your photos is amazing! The cupcakes look scrumptious and the photo of the tree leaves is impeccable.

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    warmvanillasugar — October 14, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    Happy belated! These cupcakes sound so yummy!

  4. #
    Sinful Sundays — October 14, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    Happy Birthday, Georgia! Congrats on the interview and your cuppies look delish and beautiful!! :)

  5. #
    Sandra — October 14, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    I hope your birthday was fun and wishing you lots more fun in Boston. Sinful little cupcakes you’re leaving us with too!

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    The Vanilla Bean Baker — October 14, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Happy belated birthday! Enjoy your trip to Boston. Your cupcakes look lovely, your photographs are beautiful and I love that plate you displayed the cupcakes on.

  7. #
    Leigh — October 14, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    Happy birthday! Hope you have a great time in Boston! Cannot wait to try these cupcakes. The frosting looks so fluffy and delicious!

  8. #
    Sweetums — October 14, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    Wonderful photos, great recipe. Thank you for posting :p

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    eatgood4life.blogspot.com — October 14, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

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    eatgood4life.blogspot.com — October 14, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    I just finished baking a batch of cream cheese filled pumpkin cupcakes as well. I loved them although mine had no frosting since they filled with cream cheese :-)

    I just love all the fall flavors…. Great pictures by the way!

  11. #
    Rona — October 15, 2011 @ 3:51 am

    These cupcakes look delicious! What great pictures!

    ~From your newest follower!

  12. #
    Lynda @ TasteFood — October 15, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    These look fabulous – perfect for baking this weekend.

  13. #
    Chelsea — October 15, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    Why happy birthday!

    Congrats on your Kelly Ripa interview and your upcoming trip to Boston! That’s so exciting.

    These cupcakes look irresistible. I love me some pumpkin+cream cheese combos!

  14. #
    Melinda — October 16, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday!! How sweet of your hubby to surprise you with a trip to Boston!

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — October 16, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Georgia, these photos are beautiful. I love the one of the walnuts. I love a walnut/pumpkin flavor combination. These muffins sound delicious. Enjoy your trip and happy birthday!

  16. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — October 17, 2011 @ 6:16 am

    These are beautiful fall photos! I love the brightly colored leaves!

  17. #
    Val — October 17, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! I adore your pics.

  18. #
    Audra — October 19, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Georgia! These cupcakes, like always, are gorgeous. Have so much fun in Boston!

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