Practical Pinterest – Pumpkin Cupcakes

I’m here to present Practical Pinterest, Holiday Edition! I wanted to embrace the season so I used  a recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. I found it from this pin which has 33 recipes for cupcakes, so I’m sure I will be revisiting this site over the next few months.

Pumpkin Cupcakes


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon*
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of nutmeg*
  • pinch of cloves*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin

*instead of using all of these spices separately, I had a pumpkin pie spice mix that I substituted in 1 healthy tsp.

Mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices.  In a separate bowl, mix sugar and eggs.  Add oil and mix at a medium speed for three minutes.  Add flour mixture and then add pumpkin. Mix at medium speed until well blended. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Pumpkin 1

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz room temperature cream cheese*
  • 1/2 stick room temperature butter*
  • 1/2 lb confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

*I used 1/3 fat reduced cream cheese and light unsalted butter

Mix ingredients together and make sure everything is blended evenly.  I found that this made a lot of extra frosting because I usually only put on a small glaze rather than a whopping swirl.

Pumpkin 2

These cupcakes were AMAZING!  The flavor was so rich and they stayed really moist.  I brought them to Intern Thanksgiving (more on that later) and not to toot my own horn, but they were very well received.  I would whole heartily recommend this for thanksgiving or just any other time you want to embrace fall.

The nutrition information below reflects the full fat version of the frosting, but only 1/2 a portion of the frosting.

Cupcake Nutritional Information:  Calories:  200, Fat: 10g, Sodium 311mg, Carbohydrate: 26, Fiber 1g, Sugars:17.4g, Protein: 2.3g

Frosting Nutritional Information: Calories: 87, Fat: 2.2g, Sodium: 37mg, Carbohydrate: 16g, Sugars: 15, Protein: 1.3g

What is your favorite holiday treat?


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