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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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Pumpkin spice cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream are a treat you’ll be making throughout the fall. Filled with the flavor of warm pumpkin spice they are perfect for a dessert buffet.

Pumpkin spice cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream are perfect for a fall dessert table.

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Ahhh…fall! It’s a favorite time of year for many people. The temperatures begin to drop, the holidays are around the corner and pumpkin is in the air. 

Pumpkin spice cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream are perfect for a fall dessert table.

I’ve used all of my favorite products in this recipe. Cabot butter, Dixie Crystals sugar and fun sprinkles from Sweets & Treats, along with the bamboo cutting board, courtesy of Dixie Crystals. I know I can always trust these quality products to produce great results.

Cupcakes ready for the oven.

This cupcake batter is light and airy. It seems like there is a lot of batter so when you’re filling the cupcake liners it’s ok to fill them more than ¾ full. I know, I know, most recipes for cupcakes say to fill them only ¾ full. You can fill these a little more, about just below the top of the liner.

Perfect pumpkin spice cupcakes.

I confess, I thought they were going to get bigger than they did when I was filling them. While I do love jumbo cupcakes, the cups were pretty full and I was afraid they may spill over making a mess in my oven. Thankfully that did not happen. Just make sure you beat the batter so it is airy.

Recipes from #PumpkinWeek in the past:

Mom’s Classic Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

Jumbo Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Streusel Topping

Glazed Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones

Whipped Pumpkin Spice Honey Butter

Pumpkin spice cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream are perfect for a fall dessert table.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • 1 ½ sticks butter, softened (I used Cabot Butter)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounce) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Vanilla Bean Buttercream

  • 1 ½ sticks butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons milk
  • Pumpkin Candy Sprinkles (I used Sweets and Treats)
  • Orange decorator sugar (I used Sweets and Treats)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degreesF. Line 24 standard muffin cups with paper baking cups
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice into a medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Combine pumpkin and buttermilk in a small bowl; mix well. Alternately add flour mixture and pumpkin mixture to butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.
  4. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Prepare vanilla bean buttercream; pipe or spread on cupcakes. Sprinkle with pumpkin sprinkles and orange sugar.
  6. Make vanilla bean buttercream: Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and airy. Add vanilla bean paste and beat until well blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until incorporated and mixture is light and fluffy. Add one to two tablespoons milk, if necessary to reach desired spreading consistency.


If you are piping the buttercream you may want to double the recipe. This makes enough for spreading.

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Thursday 17th of October 2019

These are amazing! They are the perfect way to celebrate fall and make the kitchen smell wonderful while they’re baking too.


Thursday 17th of October 2019

The flavors in this were absolutely delicious! I will be making this all fall and winter long!


Thursday 17th of October 2019

These are the perfect treats for Fall! That vanilla bean buttercream sounds delicious!

Katie Crenshaw

Thursday 17th of October 2019

These cupcakes look heavenly. I am loving how light they look and the delicious fall flavors of the pumpkin spice! Vanilla bean frosting is the perfect way to finish them! The Sweet and Treats made cute toppers!

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