Pumpkin Cupcakes with Marshmallow Creme Frosting


Good Morning and Happy Sunday! Though the flavors happening this week aren’t necessarily summer appropriate, I thought they’d spice things up a bit. It was a fantastic excuse to make my apartment smell like cinnamon. Not only that, but you get a bit of nutmeg, ginger, and clove to round out the pumpkin spices. To balance out the spices, I decided to pair it with a sweet marshmallow creme frosting. If you are looking for some creme cheese frosting, might I point you to the one in the Pumpkin Cutout Cookie recipe I posted in the fall?

pumpkin cupcakes

  • Servings: 18-24
  • Difficulty: easy
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Dorothy’s Test Kitchen


for the cupcakes

1 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 eggs

2 cups flour, sifted

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 cup milk

1/3 cup pumpkin

for the frosting

1 cup butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 jar marshmallow creme

1 tsp vanilla extract

3-6 splashes of milk


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the butter and sugar until it’s nice and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix in the eggs one at a time until they are just incorporated. In a medium bowl, stir together the dry ingredients and add them into the batter. Mix it up until there is a small amount of flour showing through. Add in the milk and pumpkin and mix until it just comes together, scraping the edges as you do so. Line a cupcake tin and fill until they are 3/4 full. For regular sized cupcake pan bake for 18-23 minutes. For mini cupcake tin – bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

While that’s baking, whip up the butter until you get a light texture. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and mix until you get a smooth texture. After the first cup, add in the vanilla and marshmallow creme. Add in the milk 1 splash or teaspoon at a time until you get your desired texture.

To frost, you can smoosh and spread, use a piping bag, or whatever your frosting dreams desire. To make it summery, drizzle some melted chocolate over top or fully immerse the frosting into that chocolate.

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