Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Sugar Frosting

Lynn demonstrates how to make Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Sugar Frosting.  These are great for a Fall dessert.  Adapted from lovefromtheoven.


  • 1 box spice cake mix (I used a homemade spice cake mix)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I used homemade pumpkin pie spice)


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-1/2 – 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon Sugar Mixture (2-3 Tablespoons)
  • Pinch of salt

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325°.  Place 24 cupcake liners in cupcake pans and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, eggs, oil, pumpkin and cinnamon.  Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Fill the cupcake liners with batter, approximately 2/3 the way full. An ice cream scoop works perfectly for this task.

Bake for 17-22 minutes or until tops spring back lightly when touched.

Remove from oven and place on wire rack.  Allow to cool completely before frosting.


Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended.  Gradually beat in sugar.  Blend in salt and 2 Tablespoons of the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Spread or pipe onto cupcakes.  Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and sprinkles, if desired.

Store cupcakes in refrigerator.

Link to Homemade Spice Cake Mix

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