Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with sprinkles

These pumpkin cupcakes have simple ingredients and super easy to make . They are moist and full of fall flavors then topped with a maple buttercream frosting . These delightful cupcakes are a must try during the fall season and are sure to be the first dessert to disappear. I created this cupcake with some Sprinkle Pop sprinkles in mind . I had ordered their pumpkin carriage sprinkle mixture and fell in love with the colors and flavors. I am not affiliated with this company at all, I just love their produce. Check them out here. All of their sprinkles are the perfect way to jazz up a plain cupcake or cake for the season.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with sprinkles

Growing up my mother rarely made anything from scratch and mostly made doctored cake mixes. Using a cake mix as a base to baking makes life so much easier , and I have never messed up a recipe using a cake mix. Many ingredients can be added and subtracted and the end product will still be good. It is basically full proof and nearly impossible to destroy . The trick is to make a homemade frosting , nobody will ever know you have used a cake mix.

Ingredients for Pumpkin cupcakes

Let’s make Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting!

Equipment needed for this recipe:

Ingredients dumped into a bowl for the cupcakes

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees . Add all of the cupcake ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Yes all of them , you can’t mess this up.

Mixed batter for pumpkin cupcakes

Blend well , stopping to scrape the side when needed.

Lined cupcake tins sprayed with baking spray

Line cupcake tins with liners and spray the insides of the paper liners with a baking spray. This allows the cupcake to release from the paper easily. Fill all 24 cupcake tins with batter evenly and bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until done.

Ingredients for Maple Buttercream frosting

Once the cupcakes are cooled mix the Maple Buttercream Frosting. Make sure to sift the powdered sugar, this will prevent any lumps and provide a smooth frosting.

Getting ready to frost pumpkin cupcakes

Frost and decorate cupcakes as desired.

Frosted and sprinkled pumpkin cupcakes

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting

These flavorful pumpkin cupcakes have simple ingredients and easy to make . Topped with Maple Buttercream frosting they are perfect for fall.
3.37 from 22 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 2 Eggs

Maple Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup butter-room temperature
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon Maple flavoring see notes
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line 24 cupcake wells with paper liners and spray the inside of them with cooking spray
  • In a large mixing bowl add the cake mix, eggs, brown sugar, milk , oil , pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Blend very well until smooth.
  • Divide the batter evenly among all of the cupcake wells.
  • Bake cupcakes in the preheated oven about 20 minutes.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove them and place on a cooling rack.

Maple Buttercream Frosting

  • Blend the butter until smooth
  • Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl with the butter, sifting gets all of the lumps out and makes it easier to blend
  • Blend the butter and powdered sugar together until it is incorporated well
  • Add the maple flavoring and blend well.
  • Add a little milk at a time blending until the frosting is a creamy consistency
  • Frost cupcakes and decorate as desired


For this recipe I used sprinkle pop sprinkles the Pumpkin Carriage Mix
Maple Extract or flavoring is used interchangeably , it can be strong so start with a half a teaspoon and go up to a full teaspoon if you like the flavor.  I find my maple flavoring near the extracts at my local super market , click Here if you can't find it locally. 
Keyword pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin recipes
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3 years ago

Cute and these Muffins look moist and delicious. Love the flavor of the Pumpkin Spice too. The Maple frosting sounds yum.

3 years ago

That frosting job you’ve done here is amazing. Beautiful choice of sprinkles and fantastic texture of the frosting itself! Sure gonna be making this – but I’ll have to make the cupcakes from scratch as I can’t find these cake mixes here 🙁

3 years ago

So beautiful!!! I hope my cupcakes turn out just like yours – I love the pumpkin flavours and that maple buttercream? A winning combination!

Chef Dennis
3 years ago

When I saw this post on Twitter I knew I had to make these cupcakes! I won’t tell you how many I ate but I will tell you they were delicious!

3 years ago

These are so pretty! I love the sprinkles! I love pumpkin muffins, I recently posted my favorite recipe but making them into cupcakes makes them even better!

3 years ago

Such pretty pumpkin cupcakes, I am swooning over this amazing frosting! Dying to give this recipe a go!

3 years ago

I’m so happy I came across this recipe! These cupcakes were out of this world, and soo easy to make! Mine didn’t look anywhere near as pretty as yours, but they tasted delicious!

3 years ago

So good. Absolutely outstanding and delicious. I will definitely make them again.

3 years ago

Wow, they look beautiful, and what a great texture they have! The maple buttercream frosting and those lovely sprinkles just take these pumpkin cupcakes over the top!

3 years ago

Absolutely love the photography of these cupcakes! We’re in a bit of a baking mood lately and as we’re currently still stuck at home, we are making care packages of baked goods and was looking for cupcake recipes with a difference. These are definitely going in the packages!

Lisa Sims
Lisa Sims
3 years ago

Please tell me where I can get Maple flavoring…would that be Maple syrup

3 years ago

Sorry, but I don’t see how much pumpkin you use.