Small Batch Pumpkin Cupcakes #HalloweenTreatsWeek

Small Patch Pumpkin Cupcakes is a homemade cupcake batter, making 12 pumpkin cupcakes, topped with a cinnamon buttercream frosting. 

Disclaimer: This recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. I received product samples from our sponsors. All opinions are 100% my own.

It’s pretty obvious that I love making cupcakes, but sometimes I just want a small batch of them instead of two dozen of them. These Small Batch Pumpkin Cupcakes are perfect for that. The recipe can easily be cut in half if you only need 6 cupcakes or doubled if you want to make 24 cupcakes!

Pumpkin is a mild flavor and can easily get lost in recipes with stronger flavor profiles, but not in these cupcakes. The cupcake is full of pumpkin flavor and it pairs really well with the sweetness of the cinnamon cream cheese frosting without being too much or too little.

Confession: the cream cheese frosting is my favorite part of a pumpkin cupcake!


Cream cheese! Mine is dressed up a little bit with the addition of cinnamon, but cream cheese is the most popular frosting flavor when it comes to a pumpkin cupcake. If you aren’t a cream cheese fan, you could also do a vanilla or chocolate frosting. I’d stick with a classic buttercream variety and not a Swiss one for these cupcakes.


  • For the Cupcakes: sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt
  • For the Frosting: butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, cinnamon, salt, milk
  • For the Decorations: sprinkles!


  • Preheat the oven to 350 and line a cupcake pan with liners.
  • Whisk the sugar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil together in a stand mixer. Add eggs, one at a time followed by the pumpkin and vanilla. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add into the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
  • Pour batter into cupcake pan, filling each halfway. Bake for 20-23 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.


  • Combine butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed for a few minutes until fully combined.
  • Add sugar, cinnamon, salt and milk. Mix until combined.
  • Transfer into piping bag and decorate cupcakes.


Apparently my coworkers are not big pumpkin cupcake fans as these cupcakes did not disappear as quickly as everything else that I brought in that week. I commented on it and one of them said that they just weren’t basic enough. 🤣 Luckily I left most of these at home and Tom eats pumpkin cupcakes!


Small Batch Pumpkin Cupcakes

Small Patch Pumpkin Cupcakes is a homemade cupcake batter, making 12 pumpkin cupcakes, topped with a cinnamon buttercream frosting. 

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 23 mins
  • Total Time: 38 mins
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp Adam’s vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Frosting:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups  powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt


For the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Combine the sugar, brown sugar and vegetable oil together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed. Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the pumpkin puree and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the stand mixer and mix until combined.
  5. Divide batter into the cupcake pan, filling each cavity halfway full.
  6. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool completely.

For the Frosting:

  1. Combine butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium speed until fully combined. Add in the powdered sugar, cinnamon, milk and salt and mix until combined.
  2. Add additional milk if the frosting is too thick,.

To Assemble:

  1. Transfer frosting to a piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes.
  2. Decorate with sprinkles.

Keywords: small batch pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, halloweentreatsweek, wilton, sweets and treats, adams

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Prize #3 —Wilton is giving away a Texturra 7-Piece Bakeware Set


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Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop, Treat Street USA and Litehouse! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.



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