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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Pecan Filling

This makes 42 mini cupcakes.

It’s that time, everything should be pumpkin, gingerbread, apple, caramel, or brown sugar.

The filling in this cupcake is scrumptious, but can be completely left out of you don’t like a little crunch in your cupcake, if you have any nut allergies, or if you’re just feeling kinda lazy.


  • 1 cup whole-wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • filling


PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Paper-line or grease mini-muffin pans.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the oil, brown sugar, eggs, and pumpkin.
Filling: In a smallish bowl combine 1/2 cup chopped and toasted pecans, 3 TBSP flour, 4 TBSP softened, unsalted butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar (light, dark, whatever you have). Squish the mixture between your fingers.
In another bowl, COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar and oil in medium mixer bowl until blended. Add pumpkin and eggs; beat well. Gradually stir in flour mixture to egg mixture. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, about half full. Dap a bit of the pecan filling into each cupcake, and then fill up the tins until they are almost full.
BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes (mine were perfect at 18 minutes) or until wooden pick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting Directions:

Beat cream cheese and butter in mixer until light and fluffy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar about 1/4 cup at a time. add vanilla. Stop mixer, scrape sides of bowl to incorporate all the mix well. Once cupcakes are cooled, feel free to frost with a knife or a piping bag.

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