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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

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These Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes are individual, silky, sweet custards with the same delicious flavor as your favorite Thanksgiving dessert. Perfect for portion control!

Pumpkin Desserts are all the rage in the fall. These dense, delicious Pumpkin Spice “Cupcakes” provide pumpkin flavor in a mini dessert. Perfect for those pumpkin pie cravings!

Pumpkin Pie Cupcake on a square white plate topped with a dollop of whipped cream

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

These mini pumpkin cakes are actually made with pumpkin pie filling and baked in a muffin tin. Half were made using paper cupcake liners and half in a greased pan. Surprisingly, the Pumpkin Custards in the liners baked up wrinkly on top. Experimentation helped find the best way to bake these gems!

Topped with a dollop of cream cheese whipped cream, this pumpkin dessert was a delicious preview to our Thanksgiving feast next month. Made with pumpkin puree, half and half, and the usual pumpkin spices, the flavors and texture were spot on! Plus, a dollop of sweet cream cheese whipped cream pushed the wow factor over the top with the first bite!

Pumpkin PIe cupcakes lined up on a white tray

Tips for Making Mini Pumpkin Pies

  • Don’t buy a can of Pumpkin Pie mix. It has flavorings and ingredients that will compete with what’s in this recipe. You want plain pumpkin puree.
  • Bake these pumpkin pie cupcakes in a greased muffin tin. After the cupcakes or mini pumpkin pies are chilled, they release easily from the pan.
  • Alternatively, bake these pumpkin custards in ceramic ramekins until the middles are just set.
  • If you’d rather use pumpkin pie spice than the mixture of spices in the recipe, use 1 1/2-2 teaspoons.

What Does Pumpkin Pie Taste Like?

Pumpkin pie is basically a pumpkin custard flavored with warm spices like cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Pumpkin pie filling tastes like a thick pudding.

What Is a Pumpkin Pie Made Of?

Pumpkin pie starts with pumpkin puree, which you can buy canned or you can make your own by cooking and pureeing flesh from small “pie” pumpkins. Eggs, sugar, spices, a thickener like flour and cream, half and half, evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk are the other common ingredients. After mixing, the custard is poured into a pastry shell and baked.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcake in a white paper wrapper on a square white plate

More Pumpkin Recipes You’ll Love:

It’s that time of year when the focus is on pumpkin, apple, Halloween and Thanksgiving recipes. What’s your favorite fall treat?

Two Sweetie Pies

Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle, for another magnificent recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! We share a recipe from each other’s sites every second Monday of the month. For October, I made her Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes.

Check out Danielle’s take on this recipe as well as her social media sites! Plus make sure to stop by her blog and check out which of my recipes she made this month, too.

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcake on a square white plate

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Mini Pumpkin Pies baked up like cupcakes in a muffin tin!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 12 cupcakes



  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree, nor pumpkin pie filling
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup half and half
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

Whipped Cream:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 cup muffin tin and set aside.

Mix the pumpkin and sugar in mixer with whisk. Add eggs, vanilla and half & half.

Add all dry ingredients, and mix to combine.

Fill each muffin cup with about ⅓ cup of the mixture. Bake for 20 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

In a bowl whip the cream until stiff peaks form.

In another bowl, beat together the cream cheese with sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Serve cupcakes with a dollop of the cream cheese whipped cream.


Adapted from Hugs & Cookies XOXO via OMG Chocolate Desserts

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g


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12 comments on “Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes”

  1. I adore muffin pan desserts. Easier for portion control 🙂 The mini pumpkin pies look absolutely gorgeous, Liz.

  2. How fun! A great way to get my pumpkin pie fix but a little lighter:@)

  3. wow this is so much easier than the whole pie thing and I love the light custard. Sounds wonderful, I can’t even believe it’s almost that time of the year again!

  4. Perfect timing for some pumpkin!! YUM! I will have to whip these up again soon, they look great!

  5. Yum! These are so cute and I love really love that they are custard-like. I love having individual portions like this, too. I’m in! 🙂 ~Valentina

  6. I’m not a huge fan of cupcakes, but these bad (good indeed) guys look wonderful that I won’t be able to resist! And this whipped cream with cream cheese on top? I am in!

  7. We just had our Thanksgiving and there was the traditional pumpkin pie, not my favourite; but I’d definitely splurge on these little beauties! Will bookmark for American Thanksgiving, thanks Liz.

  8. The gang here would love these, and they’re a perfect treat for this time of year and great for the holiday tables. Thanks for the recipe, Liz!

  9. Dear Liz, I like ths fact that you made mini pies – so elegant for Thanksgiving dinner or as a teatime treat. Your presentation is gorgeous and the recipe is wonderful and seasonal – love all about it!!!

  10. A couple of these on a cold windy day like today would be perfect.

  11. These cupcakes are too cute and the mini size is just perfect!

  12. Dear Liz, your recipe for this Pumpkin pie cupcakes is a fabulous one.
    I admired it that the results of this recipe sound good when I tried it. Thanks a lot for this loveable recipe.

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