Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Get festive with these mini pumpkin cupcakes topped with a cinnamon-kissed cream cheese frosting. These bite-sized cupcakes are perfectly spiced and ready to rock your holiday parties and gatherings!

Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m under strict instructions from my friends and family members to keep them fully stocked with fluffy pumpkin goodies at all times.

I started this Fall baking season off with the most divine Pumpkin Cupcakes, then followed up with some fluffy Pumpkin Banana Bread (recipe coming soon!) and made enough Pumpkin Cornbread to feed an army.

Needless to say, everyone’s been pretty happy and full around here!

Since things are always more fun when they’re miniature, today we’re breaking out the mini muffin pan and whipping up a pint-sized version of my favorite cupcakes.

Frosted Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes

This mini pumpkin cupcake recipe makes 24 fluffy and flavorful cupcakes.

Grab your favorite can of pumpkin puree (Publix brand is my JAM) or roast up a pumpkin (helloooo delicious smelling kitchen!) and puree the flesh for all your Fall baking shenanigans.

You can refrigerate or freeze homemade puree in 1/2 cup portions and basically swirl it into everything from muffins to quick breads to chilis and soups galore.


mini pumpkin cupcakes

If you’re feeling more of a muffin-vibe or prefer to make these without the frosting, go for it!

They’re sweet and flavorful and can TOTALLY hold their own as mini muffins. I did this for one batch and slipped them into one of the little bento compartments in my daughter’s lunch box as a treat.

Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes

This easy peasy recipe makes 24 mini cupcakes. Serving a larger crowd? Feel free to double the recipe if you have two 24-cup mini muffin tins handy.

For easy-peel cupcakes, I love using all-natural parchment paper liners instead of traditional paper liners.

Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes

Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Get festive with these mini pumpkin cupcakes topped with a cinnamon-kissed cream cheese frosting.
5 from 14 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 24 mini cupcakes
Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour 90 grams
  • 1 + ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice blend
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened canned pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar 150 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 TBSP avocado oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 TBSP orange juice pulp-free
  • 2-3 tsp sprinkles (optional garnish)


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened 56.5 grams
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • tsp salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar 250 grams
  • 1/2-1 tsp ground cinnamon or extra if desired


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 24-cup mini muffin tin with parchment paper liners.
  • Combine flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Mix and set aside.
  • Combine pumpkin puree, sugar, egg, oil, and juice in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until just blended.
  • Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir with a fork or whisk until just moistened.
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups using a Tablespoon until 3/4 filled. Approx. 1 heaping TBSP per cupcake.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 16-19 minutes, checking for doneness with a toothpick inserted to the center of the cupcake. Mine are usually perfect at 17-18 minutes (I'm at sea level) but oven times may vary.
  • Carefully remove cupcakes from muffin tin and allow to cool completely on a wire baking rack.
  • While they cool, make the frosting.
  • To make the cinnamon cream cheese butterream, combine softened butter and cream cheese in a medium/large mixing bowl. Use an electric hand-mixer and beat until lusciously creamy and free of lumps.
  • Beat in vanilla and salt until incorporated. Adjust mixer speed to low and, in batches, gradually add powdered sugar while mixing the frosting, followed by cinnamon. Start with 1/2 tsp and increase to taste. The taste-testing part is my favorite! After the powdered sugar and cinnamon is incorporated, beat at medium speed for a few more seconds to fluff, then add to a piping bag to frost cooled cupcakes.
  • After frosting, feel free to sprinkle cupcakes with a teeny bit of extra ground cinnamon or even pumpkin pie spice or sprinkles as a tasty garnish.


Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!


Calories: 130kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 78mg, Potassium: 37mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 1724IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg
Pumpkin Cupcakes

If you get a chance to try these mini pumpkin cupcakes, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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About The Author:

Jenn Laughlin

Jenn Laughlin founded Peas and Crayons in 2009 after graduating with B.S. in Dietetics from Florida State University and working as a Nutrition Educator for WIC. The goal was simple: create and share delicious tested and perfected recipes with vegetables as the star! Peas and Crayons is know for veggie forward recipes that are colorful and crave-able.

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is so good. I know the frosting is cream cheese but all I could taste is cream cheese other wise it was super good!!!

  2. 5 stars
    This has to be the best muffin I’ve ever made. This was my first time at your site, but I will definitely be back! I have now made the muffins twice…once as mini’s and once as larger. The larger ones didn’t rise as much as would have hoped, but I also think it’s because I didn’t fill them as full. But both sizes came out sooooooooo moist and tasted wonderful. It is so hard to not keep eating them. Even my husband, who isn’t a huge pumpkin fan, really likes them. I will DEFINITELY be making these again. BTW, I did add mini chocolate chips in the bigger muffins and it was really yummy. Thanks again for this wonderful recipe.

    1. Thank you Debbie! Filling the larger ones fuller for sure helps give them that glorious domed top. I’m so happy you’re both enjoying the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    These are knock your socks off good. My kiddo was pretty mad when he saw me eat the last one. Can’t wait to make more!!!