Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple and Toffee Frosting

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


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!
(adapted from Ina Garten)

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18 comments on “Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple and Toffee Frosting”

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

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

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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???

  5. LOVE the frosting! I’m a huge toffee fan 🙂

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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. 🙂

  9. Amy

    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!


  10. 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.


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

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. Lisa

    These look yummy! What do you use for the maple flavoring? Is it extract?

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