Cinnamon Spice Cupcakes

Looking for a delicious, from scratch spice cupcake recipe? These Cinnamon Spice Cupcakes with sweet cinnamon buttercream frosting are homemade and absolutely wonderful!

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Looking for a delicious, from scratch spice cupcake recipe? These Cinnamon Spice Cupcakes with sweet cinnamon buttercream frosting are homemade and absolutely wonderful!

I don’t know about you, but I love spice cakes. I know in the grocery store you can pick up a box mix for $1, but have you ever tried making one at home?

A few years ago I made this Eggnog Cheesecake Cake and baked a from scratch spice cake for the base. It was fantastic. And while I have used that cake many times in recipes, I hadn’t made spice cake cupcakes.

Until now.

Looking for a delicious, from scratch spice cupcake recipe? These Cinnamon Spice Cupcakes with sweet cinnamon buttercream frosting are homemade and absolutely wonderful!

These cupcakes have such a moist crumb, and I topped them with a sweet cinnamon buttercream frosting. I also added some cinnamon chips as a garnish (best decision ever)!!

My oldest daughter is a competitive swimmer, and she will usually give me less than a 24 hour notice when she wants to bring treats to the team. Cupcakes are usually my go-to treat as they are easy to make and easy to travel. Plus this recipe makes 2 1/2 dozen cupcakes!

A couple tips about making my buttercream frosting:

  • Always start with softened butter. I usually take my butter out when I start baking the cupcakes. By the time the cupcakes are baked and cooled my butter is ready for making the frosting!
  • Using an electric mixer, add your softened butter to the bowl and beat the butter for about 3 minutes. The butter will be soft, smooth, and pale in color. THEN add the remaining ingredients and beat for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  • This is enough frosting to do a nice swirl on each cupcake. Use a disposable pastry bag and tip of choice to decorate. Be sure to sprinkle with the cinnamon chips immediately so they stick and not fall off!

Looking for a delicious, from scratch spice cupcake recipe? These Cinnamon Spice Cupcakes with sweet cinnamon buttercream frosting are homemade and absolutely wonderful!

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Cinnamon Spice Cupcakes

Yield: 24-30 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 16-18 minutes

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, divided
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the egg whites with 1/4 cup buttermilk. Whisk together and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in dry ingredients and beat until combined. Slowly add in egg mixture. Beat in remaining buttermilk and continue beating for 2 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Line a cupcake tin with paper lines. Fill 2/3 full with batter and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 16-18 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in tin, and remove and cool completely on wire rack.
  4. For the frosting, beat butter for about 3 minutes, until pale yellow. Add in sugar, cinnamon and milk and beat an additional 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes (or use a decorating bag with tip and pipe onto cupcakes). Add cinnamon chips immediately. ENJOY.

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Looking for a delicious, from scratch spice cupcake recipe? These Cinnamon Spice Cupcakes with sweet cinnamon buttercream frosting are homemade and absolutely wonderful!

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19 comments on “Cinnamon Spice Cupcakes”

  1. Mir

    Spice cake is such an under-appreciated cake flavor. People forget to make it, and then whenever I do, it’s consumed in seconds flat. We should start a spice cake trend this holiday season!
    These cupcakes look completely divine. I’ll be trying these!

  2. I love spice cake! It’s one of my favorites and the cinnamon chips….I’m never without them! These are gorgeous!

  3. Love all the great tips to make these fabulous cupcakes! 

  4. I LOVE cinnamon Aimee, and these cupcakes look just perfect! Those little flecks of cinnamon in the frosting are fabulous!

  5. Aimee, these are gorgeous! I love anything cinnamon but a cinnamon cupcake? I could faceplant into a tray of those! 

  6. I don’t know why I don’t make spice cake more often. It’s so good! These are beautiful!

  7. Cinnamon everything! These cupcakes look so good, I wish I could eat a couple right now! 

  8. Spice cake is a personal favorite of mine and with cinnamon chips – yes please! So pretty!

  9. These are gorgeous! I love spice cake! Looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I can just imagine sinking my teeth into one of these cupcakes!

  11. I love using cinnamon especially when it gets cold and I want to feel warm inside! Looks great!

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  12. these are perfect spicy cupcakes, I always love to use cinnamon with cupcakes

  13. I do love a good spice cake!  I don’t know why I don’t make them more often too!!!  Love the extra cinnamon chips sprinkled on top of these!!!!

  14. I am 100% with you, spice cakes rock… but cupcakes have my heart, so a combination of the two is epic! Love the cinnamon buttercream frosting with the cinnamon chips! These cupcakes are tres cute and totally up my alley! Pinned! Cheers and thanks for sharing the YUM!

  15. Yes to anything spice cake. I also have a serious weakness for cinnamon chips.

  16. Lynnette

    Great flavor to the cake, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so spongy in texture. I made a cinnamon cream cheese frosting, and did a two layer cake instead of cupcakes. My husband loved it, and that is what matters =) Thanks for the recipe, and I am looking to try some of your other recipes.

  17. KK

    These are AMAZING!! SO good! This is my new favorite recipe!

    Thanks!

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