Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Whoa, we are more than halfway through MoFo and this is only the 3rd time I have cooked with pumpkin this month? I need to step up my game, yo!

Remember when I told you yesterday that I baked cupcakes for a coworkers birthday? Well, they came out fucking awesome. I won't lie though, I was shitting bricks on my way into work today with them. I know I am a very capable baker but I haven't brought in baked goods to share with my office in the whole 9 months I have been here. Like I mentioned, I am super lucky to have another vegan and two vegetarians in the office so we always have each others backs. Everyone else is really veg-friendly(though the occasional teasing occurs, but its all in good nature) but I was nervous about how the omnis would react to a vegan cream cheese frosting. The nervousness started last night while I was making the frosting. I eat Trader Joe's "This is not a tub of cream cheese" with my bagels but I've never used it for frosting, I usually stick with Tofutti or Galaxy(the best of the best). I wasn't loving how it was coming out so I added a bunch more vanilla and sugar then I tossed in some cinnamon. After fussing with it for awhile, I was pleased with the results. Almost. At this point, it was a perfectly spreadable frosting but not thick enough that it would hold up to piping it. I was exhausted so I decided to just spread it on and be done with it. The frosting still tastes awesome but isn't as pretty as I would have like. Oh well.

I had my guy taste test the cupcakes the night before because I know he will tell me what he really thinks. He loves vegan cream cheese but I don't think I told him there was any in it until after. I was also worried about them having too much cinnamon, my tastebuds were starting to go a little numb from all the frosting I had to try. His reaction was that the frosting was awesome and went perfectly with the cupcake.

The reaction through the office was the same as well. I'm definitely going to bake more for work now! I love vegan baking success!

The recipe I used is the one I got from Vegan Good Eats, which originally came from Jody of jodycakes. Here is the recipe below, without my frosting modifications (those were done to taste without measuring)

Pumpkin Spice Vegan Cupcakes
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon. vinegar, preferably apple cider
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup each vegan sugar and packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ginger, nutmeg and salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom (optional)
  • Dash of ground cloves and allspice
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line 12 count muffin tin with cupcake papers.
  2. In large measuring cup, combine milk & vinegar to create soy “buttermilk. Allow to sit and curdle while preparing all the other ingredients.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugars and whisk until smooth. Sift together all additional dry ingredients, including the spices and salt into the sugars. Whisk to combine.
  4. In small bowl, stir together pumpkin, applesauce, oil and vanilla.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry, adding soy “buttermilk” last. Combine all ingredients until smooth and pour into the prepared pan, filling cups about halfway.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the tops spring back to a light touch.

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 6 tablespoons Vegan Cream Cheese, such as Tofutti brand
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 2-4 tablespoons soy milk (as needed)
Cream together the cream cheese and butter and add vanilla. Add the sugar one cup at a time. If frosting is too thick, you may slowly add soy milk to loosen up to reach the desired consistency.


  1. Pumpkin cupcakes are the shit! They always turn out so fluffy and perfect. I’ve only ever used Tofutti for cream cheese frosting since I can’t get any other brands and it seems to not really taste like cream cheese enough, like the flavors kind of weak. Have to try that Galaxy one if I can ever track it down.

  2. I was just searching for a vegan pumpkin cupcake recipe so I could do a cake pop MoFo post tonight and your post came up! So now I'm stealing your recipe :) w00t!

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