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Moist Pumpkin Cupcakes

by Christa on October 18, 2009

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Ok friends, this is literally the BEST, moistest, most flavorful, fluffiest pumpkin recipe ever! And its so simple!! I love that the recipe doesn’t call for butter… even though vegetable oil is pretty much just as bad for you! haha

Anyway, give this recipe a try… you will LOVE it!!

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2 cups white sugar

  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners. (I found they bake up nicer with foil liners, rather than paper) Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine sugar and oil. Blend in vanilla and pumpkin, then beat in eggs one at a time. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in nuts. Pour batter into cupcake cups.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. Frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting, or whipped cream.

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Leslie October 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Ohhhh I love love love pumpkin ANYTHING! And the fact that you say they are super moist is a huge plus. Sometime cupcakes can turn out so dry!
Thanks for your comment on my Bugs and Butterflies cake. It was only my 3rd fondant cake, so I am super happy on how it turned out!


Mary October 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm

These look really wonderful. I'm amazed at how much ground clove you use in the batter.


Lissaloo October 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Ooooo I have some pumpkin in my fridge that I have been trying to decided what to do with it, now I know! Yummy!


Ferni's Food October 18, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Check you out little lady! Those cupcakes came out adorable. They look so yummy.


the ungourmet October 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm

So pretty! I'm so in love with pumpkin everything. It's just about the part of autumn! Yum! Yum!


HannahBanana aka Amanda October 18, 2009 at 11:12 pm

You know, I bought canned pumpkin just the other day! I'll be making these. The picture is drool worthy!


Heather October 19, 2009 at 12:16 am

yum! these look super tasty 🙂 i love anything pumpkin flavored!


Joanna October 19, 2009 at 12:58 am

Yum! That sounds terrific. Thanks for sharing!


Lori October 19, 2009 at 1:00 am

These do look very yummy. And I love that there is such a pile of frosting on top!


Gloria October 19, 2009 at 1:31 am

Your cupcakes are absolutely lovely!!!! gloria


Monica H October 19, 2009 at 2:22 am

I love pumpkin anything. The hardesst part of baking with pumpkin is finding the recipe you want to make and these look delicious!

How many cupcakes does this recipe make?


eatme_delicious October 19, 2009 at 3:24 am

Ohhh look at that fluffy fluffy soft icing!! Looks SO good.


Mini Baker October 19, 2009 at 4:32 am

Monica, the recipe makes about 18-20 cupcakes!


The Fancy Lady October 19, 2009 at 6:27 am

this one sounds like the one i make they look great by the way im sending your package out sometime this week just to update you lol


Monica H October 19, 2009 at 6:58 am

you won my giveaway! email me with your address please.



Rose October 19, 2009 at 7:09 am

I was planning on making halloween cupcakes, maybe these would be a good flavour, thay sound amazing!



Chocolaty Lifestyle October 19, 2009 at 12:16 pm

What a great blog and awesome pictures! Everything's looking so great that i just can't wait to try! 🙂


Cheryl October 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Cool, I have been looking for a pumpkin recipe! Thanks for sharing!


Bridgett October 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I am a huge fan of anything pumpkin and have been thinking of everything I could make that involves pumpkin lately! These would definitely fit the bill. Gorgeous!


Eliana October 19, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I love all the pumpkin stuff floating around the net these days. These look awesome.


m.e (Cathie) October 20, 2009 at 5:24 am

they look fantastic! I have never tried pumpkin cupcakes, think I may need to try these. thanks.


Ginger October 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm

I was on my way to the kitchen to make some pumpkin bread but I just changed my mind after seeing your cupcakes!! NOW, I am on my way to make pumpkin cupcakes. Thanks for sharing!!


Sophie October 22, 2009 at 6:58 am

MMMMMMMMMMM,….these cupcakes with the topping look decadent & ooh sooo delicious!!


thereddeer October 23, 2009 at 12:40 am

Yum! Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂


Erica October 29, 2009 at 1:19 am

wow…..this looks so good. That is so cool that you have your own baking business- I'm a jealous girl 🙂 Thanks for the comment on my blog! I can't wait to check out all of your recipes


Tami October 29, 2009 at 3:02 am

I'm definitely adding this recipe to my "to make" list before the end of November! We LOVE pumpkin desserts. Of course my husband will want me to sub raisins for the nuts. 😉

Thanks for sharing it!


Ashley Ann January 23, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I love your blog and your recipes! I was wondering if you would be willing to share what type of frosting tip you use to frost your cupcakes.


Kate July 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I agree with Leslie! I LOVE anything & everything pumpkin! I can't wait to try this recipe! What tip do you use to get the icing to pipe like the icing in this picture?!


Jacqueline October 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I'm not sure if I did something wrong but I got 33 cupcakes out of this! And that was filling them up 2/3 full and some even slightly more than 2/3. I double checked the recipe after I realized I had so much batter and I did everything correctly. They came out wonderful! I put chocolate ganache in them mugs and slapped some cream cheese frosting on them. Rave reviews!


Kate October 20, 2010 at 2:45 am

I ended up with 24 cupcakes. They are so moist and the flavor is perfect! I topped them with cinnamon cream cheese icing with fresh nutmeg sprinkled on top. YUM!


MaryBeth August 10, 2011 at 2:50 am

I too simply love all things pumpkin, these look so good, sorry to say but I am so ready for fall again so I can start eating pumpkin.


Nicole October 17, 2012 at 5:02 am

Hello your cupcake are just locking to good cant you give me you frosting cheese recipe please i am from montreal canada tank you have a nice day


Jo October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would love to make these, however, in Scotland I have yet to come accross tinned pumpkin 🙁 can I use fresh? x


Metalmommaa December 20, 2012 at 4:45 am

My husband and my kids DO NOT like sweets… More for me 🙂

These cupcakes are the exception… I love to bake and when I came across these I had to try them. My 3 non sweet eaters devoured these leaving me one…

Best Cupcakes ever!


Crystal Wright October 5, 2013 at 11:12 am

Tried out this recipe and LOVED it. Usually I’ll change a thing or 2 to suit my tastes, but made these as written (minus the frosting, made my own spiced buttercream) and they are THE best pumpkin cupcake I’ve ever eaten (and I make a lot of cupcakes).


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