Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple and Toffee Frosting

by aimee @ shugarysweets on September 15, 2011

Delicious, moist Pumpkin Cupcakes topped with Maple frosting and toffee bits!

Oh sweet pumpkin, these are amazing. They are so moist and the fluffy maple frosting with toffee bits will put you in sugar (or Shugary) heaven! Having made pumpkin scones earlier this week, I still had half the can of pumpkin leftover! I’m not done with pumpkin yet though, it’s so good, and I love the Fall feeling I get when my house smells of cinnamon and pumpkin!

You must make these. For me, I was pretty excited that it only made 12 cupcakes. I altered the recipe some, and I think you all will enjoy them. Unless you don’t like pumpkin. Then we can’t be friends. Until spring anyways.

Delicious, moist Pumpkin Cupcakes topped with Maple frosting and toffee bits!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple and Toffee Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12


    For the cupcakes:
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • For the Frosting:
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ tsp maple flavoring
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup Heath milk chocolate toffee bits


  1. In mixer, beat together pumpkin, sugars, applesauce and eggs. Blend in the flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and seasonings.
  2. Pour batter into cupcake tins (I used liners), dividing the batter evenly (fills 12).
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. To make frosting, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in maple and powdered sugar and mix for 2-3 minutes. Spread on cupcakes and sprinkle with toffee bits. Enjoy!
  5. (adapted from Ina Garten)

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

robin September 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

I made some delicious pumpkin cream cheese muffins last year…I might try them again with this toffee frosting. Yum!


Aimee September 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

Robin, I love cream cheese and pumpkin together! In muffin form is even better!


Sinful Sundays September 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Pumpkin cupcakes! One of my many favorites. I can’t wait to make a batch this season. I’m going to have to try that maple flavor! :)


Jocelyn September 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

So glad to see you are pumpkin obsessed too:-) I love the addition of the toffee in the frosting!! Yummo! Can I have one for breakfast please???


Desi September 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

LOVE the frosting! I’m a huge toffee fan :)


ASingleMothersJourney September 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm

This is perfect for the fall season. I definitely have to make these for my girls!


Kim - Liv Life September 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I could be a pumpkin-aholic!! LOVE these guys. My daughter would clean the plate and she never hesitates to point out that there are “so many vitamins” in the dish because of the added pumpkin!! Nicely done!


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I love pumpkin! Yeah, we can be friends. ;) These cupcakes look absolutely delicious. I need to get on the pumpkin bandwagon but none of my stores has it in stock yet. :)


Amy September 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm

YUM! You had me at “pumpkin.” I am hosting a Fall Recipe/Snack challenge on my blog this week and I would absolutely love for you to link this!



Kim McCallie September 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

These look and sound delicious! I love the idea of toffee bits with pumpkin. I’ll bet it’s a match made in heaven. I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.



Marguerite September 19, 2011 at 2:57 am

These looks absolutely scrumptious and I can’t wait to try them! I’m over from SIS and I love your blog and recipes!


Allison @ Alli 'n Son September 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Oh my, I don’t think I’ve seen a more perfect cupcake for this time of the year.

Thanks for stopping by Sweet Tooth Friday!


Shelly @A Creative Space October 7, 2011 at 3:14 am

The icing sounds SO DELICIOUS, that I just might skip the cupcake…


So Domesticated October 8, 2011 at 7:25 am

Those look wonderful!


Danielle October 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Yummy! These are going on my list to make. I’m afraid we’re going to start turning orange with all the pumpkin we’ve been consuming. Then again, maybe that’s not a bad idea considering how pale I am (:

Thanks for participating.


Danielle October 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Just wanted to let you know I featured your delicious cupcakes yesterday. Thanks again for participating in the Holiday Sweet Swap!


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