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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.
3.22 from 14 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
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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