small batch easy pumpkin cupcakes
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Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes (small batch)

An easy pumpkin cupcake (no mixer required!) in small batch form. This recipe makes the perfect shareable amount of 7 cupcakes.
Cook Time17 mins
Author: Heather Perine


For the cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup + 6 TBS all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the caramel icing

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter 3/4 cup
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Heavy Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extrat
  • 1/2 cup caramel homemade or jarred


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. This recipe only makes 7 cupcakes so you will only need to fill with 7 liners. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves together until combined. Make a well in the center.
  • 3. Add the brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, oil, milk, and vanilla into the center and whisk until combined.
  • 4.Spoon the batter evenly into 14 cups; fill the unused cups one-third full with water to prevent warping. Bake for 17-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • *Instead of these spices, you may use 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice instead
  • 5. For the frosting, in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add your confectioner sugar 1/2 cup at a time on low speed. Scrape down sides in between. Beat for about 3 minutes more. Then add your vanilla and heavy cream. Add in your caramel. Mix on high for 7-8 minutes until light and fluffy. Once your cupcakes are cooled, pipe your frosting onto your cupcakes.You can always just use a spatula and cover in sprinkles. Trust me, no one will mind. These are delicious either way!


Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction