Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

 This isn’t your average carrot cake recipe.  It’s loaded with pumpkin, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice for the greatest flavor combination in history.  And then I topped it with the most amazing frosting of all time…Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting – the cupcakes you need to make this Fall!

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I have maple on the brain right now.  Pumpkin and maple.  A few days ago I shared these marvelous Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze and my mouth is still watering just thinking about them.

I knew that combination needed to happen again, and soon.  What better way to combine those flavors than in carrot cake…cupcakes!  Cake is amazing but cupcakes are definitely more fun.  Plus, I can eat an entire cupcake and not feel the least bit guilty.  Try that with a cake and see what happens ;) I mean, who can stop at just one slice?

This isn’t your average carrot cake recipe.  It’s loaded with pumpkin, maple, and pumpkin pie spice for the greatest flavor combination in history.


Since I’m a total sucker for all things maple, I included it in both the cupcakes and the frosting.  Oh, the frosting! I would happily enter into a diabetic coma if the reason for it was this frosting.  In a word – irresistible.

My boys devoured four of these cupcakes before I could even get them frosted.  Sweet enough to stand without it, but ever so much better with it is my opinion.


Can I just say that I wish Costco would carry pumpkin pie spice???  I find myself using it in everything and Lord knows how many of these teeny tiny containers I’m going to go through in the coming months.  Yikes!

Like these cupcakes, for instance, they were just crying out for a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice on top of that luscious frosting.  Who am I to say no to pumpkin pie spice on top of maple frosting?

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Granted, I have zero self control, buuut, as you can see, they look so much happier with a little sprinkling of spice :)


Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting - the cupcakes you need to make this Fall!
Serves: 18 cupcakes
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup maple syrup (real maple syrup)
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 2 Tbls maple syrup
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅛ tsp maple extract (optional)
  • 1⅔ cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Cream brown sugar and butter together in mixer.
  3. Add in eggs, one a time, beating until fully combined.
  4. Mix in pumpkin and maple syrup.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  6. Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture, stirring just until combined.
  7. Stir in shredded carrots.
  8. Scoop batter into cupcake liners, filling about ¾ full.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes 18 cupcakes
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting.
  2. Beat all ingredients together until smooth. Allow several minutes for the brown sugar to dissolve completely. Check for graininess and then continue beating as necessary.
  3. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting. Store frosted cupcakes in fridge for a firmer frosting.

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More pumpkin recipes you don’t want to miss:


Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze


Pumpkin Pie Milkshake


Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle


Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Cake


Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles

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  1. Two of my fave cakes in one AND THAT FROSTING. Omg. Girl. Killin me! Pinned of course :)

  2. Can I continue to swoon and ooh and ahh over you all the time, Trish? This maple frosting just rocks my world. I haven’t done the dive into maple this year yet. I am totally changing that–have an awesome weekend, lady!
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  3. Cathy Perez says:

    These sound and look delicious and there so CUTE! The cake stands are so adorable as well, where did you get them? Pinned!

  4. FAN-tastic idea, Trish!! Love these carrot cake cupcakes with pumpkin addition :)
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  5. Delicious and this frosting is so perfect..Yum!
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  6. These look so decadent. Yum.

  7. These are gorgeous cupcakes Trish! The pumpkin, carrot cake and maple combo sound phenomenal – love love love that idea! Pinning :)

  8. Combining pumpkin and carrot was such a great idea, and that frosting looks like a dream!
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  9. Trish, you have some great pumpkin recipes for sure! I love the flavor combination here and I am in love with that amazing frosting!! :)
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  10. These are seriously amazing, Trish! I love the maple element with the pumpkin. It’s the best of fall in one cupcake!
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  11. how long do cupcakes bake?

  12. I would not be able to resist these, And that frosting!!!

  13. Maple runs in my blood. I’m so craving everything maple right now. These are amazing!
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  14. I am in LOVE with this cupcakes!! Sharing tomorrow!
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  15. Those cupcakes look so beautiful and tasty! I love a good carrot cake but with the pumpkin and maple this is over the top! Yummy! Pinned!

  16. These look utterly ridiculous. I do like that cupcakes are only one calorie each. That’s pretty convenient.

    these are going into the COOK! file which is where awesome recipes go to be made at my house.
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  17. I hate to say this but, I”m not a huge pumpkin fan unless it’s in a bread, muffin or cupcake. Adding the carrot would be amazing. Pinned for later. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
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  18. Oh my!!! I totally want to lick that frosting off these cupcakes. Sounds amazing.
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  19. I wouldn’t have thought to combine pumpkin and carrot, but it sure sounds like a great combo!
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  20. Girl, I’ve been CRAVING carrot cake for 2 weeks now! No joke… Ever since my mom brought home a slice from the grocery store and wouldn’t share any with me. (Granted, she brought me home a slice of 6-layer chocolate cake, so I couldn’t exactly complain…) But I love the idea of cupcakes because, well, built-in portion control. For those of us with no self-control around cake. ;) Pinned!

  21. Who can stop at one cupcake :) ?
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  22. These look incredible! Pinned. Thanks so much for the recipe. I love desserts that have a health factor to them.
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  23. Oh wow these desserts definitely qualify as semi-healthy! But they look so freaking decadent I don’t think anyone would notice the health factor! I’m planning on including these in a pumpkin round-up on Lifehack if that’s okay! :)

  24. What city do you live in? which store do you shop at? What brand pumpkin do you buy? What size is the can?

    Where I live the fans are either small or large. Looks like an interesting end result but not willing to experiment with both sizes.



  25. This recipe is EXACTLY what im looking for, but can this be made as a cake instead of cupcakes? If so, what’s the baking time for two 8″ or 9″ pans?

  26. Joy Lackeym says:

    Awesome recipe! MIGHT have eaten one warm before they were cool enough to ice… :-) And I agree about the size of canisters of spices…Hubby brought me home a wee tin of poultry seasoning and my first thought was “That looks like it belongs in a doll house!” lol

  27. This will be on my thanksgiving table. thank you.

  28. I made the frosting and it taste awesome!!!! But I could not get the brown sugar to dissolve. Is there anything I can do to help this? I beat it until I thought it was going to be butter.

  29. Lori Garcia says:

    I made this as a loaf today. It is amazing! I skipped frosting although I am sure it is good. Not frosting people here. I cooked it for about an hour on about 300…..it made a HUGE tall loaf so that’s why it took so long. But I will definitely make again. Thank you!

  30. Jennifer Bailey says:

    Hi Trish,
    Thank you for the slow cooker pumpkin cake recipe. I cannot wait to try it. It sounds amazing. Can you please clarify on the collar and sling? I read the “meatloaf” post and I am still unsure. For the cake, do we need the collar and the sling, 3 pieces of foil, or just the sling for a total of 2 pieces of foil?
    Thank you in advance

    • The collar really just helps to distribute heat if your slow cooker tends to cook “hotter” in one area. The sling is just for easy removal of the cake. So, it’s really up to you and your slow cooker. I would recommend using the collar and sling if it’s not too much of an issue so you’re covering all of your bases :) Enjoy! This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes!

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