Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

It's time to start Fall baking!
One of my favorite recipes to make this time of year is pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

I decided to make that recipe even better by turning it into cupcakes...
because then you get to put frosting on top!

Pumpkin and chocolate compliment each other so well...
if you haven't tried the combination before, you might be surprised.
And the fluffy pumpkin cream cheese frosting is the perfect topping...Delish!

I gave one of these cupcakes to my husband, and asked if he had any comments.
"Make more!", he replied.

This recipe makes about 32 cupcakes,
so whip some up and share them with your neighbors!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
adapted from Ryan Bakes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH of nutmeg, cloves and ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 c. milk + 1/2 tablespoon vinegar)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

To Make The Cupcakes
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda, baking powder and salt together until well blended; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat sugar, vegetable oil, buttermilk, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla on low speed until combined. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Fill each paper liner 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

To Make The Frosting
In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth. Add pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well. This frosting is very soft, so you may want to refrigerate it before you frost your cupcakes. After frosting, garnish cupcakes with mini chocolate chips if desired.
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  1. Oh. My. Gosh! My favorite cookie made even better! I *have* to try this!

  2. I've never tried this combination before, but I love pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins, and I love chocolate. So, I just might have to try this out!

  3. These look fantastic! Can't wait to try them.

  4. These would make yummy treats for a fall bridal shower or rehearsal dinner!

  5. Mmmmmm....these look wonderful! Totally in love with pumpkin and fall baking! Love those cake stands too!

  6. These look delish! Would love if you'd share with our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Happy weekend! :)

  7. I love pumpkin. These look delicious.

  8. Oh Robin! These look fantastic (and make me so ready for crisp fall weather)!

    Thanks for joining us this week @ Keep Calm & Link Up! Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week as well :)

  9. These look so good. Pumpkin and chocolate have always been some of my favorite combos!

  10. Looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!!! I'll try them for sure.

  11. These look awesome! I love pumpkin. Excited it's almost fall.

    Stopping by from I should be mopping. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can. I am hosting Mom's Monday Mingle now and another hop. Love for you to link up!

  12. Pumpkin chocolate chip... never tried that combination before! Will have to try the cupcakes. Do you have a recipe for the cookies as well?

  13. These look delicious and so perfect for fall!

  14. These look wonderful and I'm sure they taste heavenly! So happy that fall is on the way!

  15. Yum, these look great! I am a follower of your blog on Facebook and would love if you could hop over to my new blog ( and share the blog love. Have a great weekend!

  16. These ARE absolutely delicious! Had to make them after finding this page. The cupcakes were simple to do, I followed the recipe exactly. It made a large batch of cupcakes, indeed there were almost 3 dozen (you said 32)!

    The frosting went really well, I love this recipe and consistency! The frosting recipe made a huge amount, I had enough for a second batch of cupcakes about 2 weeks later, keeping the frosting in the fridge in between. And they were easy to frost, except for the part of putting the mini chocolate chips as a 'collar' around the top of the cupcake liner.

    How did you do that??!!!

    These were a smashing success at home, and 2 weeks later at a ladies' potluck with a second batch of cake (I had enough frosting leftover from the first go-round).

    Delish!! I'll do these again for sure!! Thanks!!

  17. What a fun fall treat! Gotta try....soon! So glad I found you via Happy Hour Project link party! I linked from Thanks for sharing!

  18. After removing the cake out of the oven touch the center of the cake with your finger and if the cake is done it will spring back.

  19. Made these for a bake sale to benefit breast cancer and I snuck one before donating the rest. Very good. Hopefully they sell!

  20. I just made these to bring to work on Monday to celebrate Fall. I am a novice baker, and I can verify that this recipe was easy enough for me to bake perfectly (nailed it!), yet one coworker called me our office's "Julia Child" =-). Next time I think I will make these with a chocolate fudge frosting instead as that's my taste, and make this DELICIOUS frosting to put on vanilla bean cupcakes. Both are delicious and not bad together or anything, but I think their individual flavors are enough to complement plain frostings and cakes on their own (if that makes sense). I forgot the mini chocolate chips but won't again, that would have been a fantastic touch on the frosting. Thank you for the wonderful recipes as always!

  21. Pumpkin cream cheese frosting?! That sounds DELICIOUS!!

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