Pumpkin Cake or Cupcakes

October 21, 2013
pumpkin cupcakes

‘Tis the season of pumpkin, and today I present a delicious pumpkin cake recipe. You may have seen this before, actually, as I first posted it here on the blog for this mason jar cakes post. But. I thought I’d bring it to you in cake and cupcake format (:

pumpkin cupcakes

Pumpkin Cake or Cupcakes

Makes 16 cupcakes or enough batter for a little more than one 9″ round cake pan. (Note that a typical cake involves baking two pans’ worth of batter.)


1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg


If you haven’t already, you should check out my basic cake baking method and my list of cake baking tips! Every cake batter recipe I post follows that same method, and my cake baking tips are great tips to memorize for whenever you’re preparing a cake batter such as this.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a larger bowl, beat the butter at a high speed, and gradually beat in the sugar. Then, beat in the eggs one at a time.

Now you will gradually be adding the dry mixture and the pumpkin purée to the butter-sugar-egg mixture. To do this, alternate mixing in some of the dry mixture, followed by some purée, followed by some dry mixture… You get the picture. Do that until you’ve incorporated the dry mixture and the purée completely. Just don’t over-mix here.

Finish by incorporating the vanilla and spices.

Baking time! For cupcakes, fill your liners just over 2/3 full and bake for 17 to 22 minutes. For a cake, fill a greased 9-inch round cake pan about 2/3 full with batter and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Use the toothpick test for perfect doneness.

pumpkin cupcakesFor the frosting, I used my cinnamon frosting recipe (coming later this week!), but feel free to explore my other frosting recipes for some full-on customization.

Love, Maurine

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1 Comment

  • Reply Devo October 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I know what I'm baking next.

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