Pumpkin Mini Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Good Black Friday morning everyone!  How are you today? Have you been out Christmas shopping?  I’m thinking about going out later … not sure if I want to fight the crowds.

pumpkin pecan cupcakes cream cheese

I was hoping to share a recipe for a pumpkin muffins today … always a nice breakfast treat … things happened … things being frosting.  Can we have muffins with frosting?  I think my muffins morphed into cupcakes … so I’m sharing a cupcake recipe … you can call them whatever you like 😉

mini pumpkin pecan cupcakes

These came about because of another potluck contribution for Son #3 to take to work.  He left all decisions up to me and I had one of those moments where I couldn’t make a decision … I’ll make those simple pumpkin cookies with a spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin … maybe with some extra spice … how about muffins … with buttermilk and nuts … oh, those muffins look plain … I’ll add frosting … maple cream cheese frosting … yeah, that’s it … guess they’re cupcakes 😉

Pumpkin Mini Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

For the cupcakes –

  • 1 box spice cake mix (18.25 ounces)
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 ounce – not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

For the frosting –

  • 1 package of cream cheese (8 ounces), softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 4 cups confectioners/powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line mini muffin pans with 48 paper liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine cake mix and pumpkin pie spice.  Add pumpkin and buttermilk and mix well.  Stir in pecans.  Mixture will be thick.
  3. Scoop into prepared pans (I used a cookie scoop)  and bake for 14-16 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Make frosting – Beat cream cheese and butter until combined, stir in maple flavoring.  Add powdered sugar and beat well.
  5. Place frosting in decorating bag with #19 tip and frost in a swirl.  Makes 48 mini cupcakes.

pumpkin pecan mini cupcakes maple cream cheese frosting

We had too many cupcakes and shared with the neighbors …

mini cupcakes to go

Sorry for the quality of the photo … but wanted to share my simple packaging!  Another use for egg cartons 😉

 I share my stuff with these fun parties  ♦

I look forward to your comments!


7 thoughts on “Pumpkin Mini Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. They sound really awesome,except my daughter would omit the Maple Flavoring as she doesn’t like it & I’m not to fond of it myself. Sorry. I do really enjoy receiving your Recipes.
    Thank you for Sharing them with us.


  2. Oh YUM. These look wonderful.
    Must say; I’m not much for the maple flavoring but do like to use the Real Maple syrup instead. I like using the real stuff whenever possible. Just not much for the artificial flavorings right down to homemade vanilla…..using vanilla beans and vodka
    :} like your packaging……..same thing I use sometimes.
    Have a fun and enjoyable weekend


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