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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cake, cupcakes, pumpkin carrot cake cupcakes, pumpkin carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Trish - Mom On Timeout



  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup real maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded carrot

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 Tbls maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp maple extract optional
  • 1 3/4 - 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • Cream brown sugar and butter together in mixer.
  • Add in eggs, one a time, beating until fully combined.
  • Mix in pumpkin and maple syrup.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture, stirring just until combined.
  • Stir in shredded carrots.
  • Scoop batter into cupcake liners, filling about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes 18 cupcakes

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting.
  • 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.
  • Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting. Store frosted cupcakes in fridge for a firmer frosting.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 3732IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg